The Effects of an Exclusionary Bursary Policy on Student Social Workers

an exploratory qualitative study on the effects of the 2013 policy to cap the allocation of bursaries in England

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The social work bursary for England was introduced in 2003 for all students on qualifying degrees. Following a review of social work education funding the bursary was capped in 2013; this meant that HEIs have had to develop policies for the allocation of bursaries and that student cohorts included students with a bursary and others who did not receive this financial support, thus creating an exclusionary system. This paper presents the findings from an exploratory qualitative study which investigated the experiences of students who completed their placement under these new arrangements. It is noted that there are relatively few studies on the funding arrangements for student social workers and none so far that have investigated the effects of a reduction in financial support. The findings indicate that students who did not receive a bursary experienced additional stressors which had an adverse impact on their wellbeing. These findings may have significance for future research in light of considerations to abolish the bursary for all social work students.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical and Radical Social Work
Early online date14 Mar 2019
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Mar 2019

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