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Union calls on Durham University to halt social work course cut

26 May 2017

UCU has called on Durham University to halt plans to scrap its social work degrees. Under recommendations as part of the university's 10-year strategy, the two-year professionally qualifying Master of Social Work course and the one-year MA in International Social Work and Community Development would see their final intake of students in October 2017.

The union said the course was well-respected within the social work sector and the university's plans to axe it were not based on any issues with regards to the quality of the course, staff or graduates.

Disappointed students have thrown their weight behind the campaign and already launched a petition against the closures. The news comes at a time when the deep-rooted problems with social care are rarely out of the news. A final decision on the courses' future is expected next month.

UCU regional support official, Jon Bryan, said: 'The courses are well-known and highly thought of in the sector, and those who graduate value what they achieve. We believe the university must think again and consult properly with all of those who have an input into these courses, including students, staff, employers and others in the social care profession.

'The university has not yet begun formal consultation with the trade unions about the job implications of their proposal. We will be looking for a commitment to avoid compulsory redundancies and to protect the pay and conditions of any staff affected.'


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