Social work students share experiences with Swedish peers

29 April 2015

Last year's student group in Sweden

Last year's student group in Sweden

Social Work students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) are travelling to Stockholm to share their experiences of vulnerable and marginalised communities in the UK with their peers from Sweden.

Ten students will join social work students and academics from partner university Ersta Sköndal University in a week-long series of lectures, workshops, field-visits and student-led presentations. 

The students’ trip is being sponsored by the Scottish Government’s Outward Mobility Fund, which aims to provide Scottish students with support for new opportunities to study overseas by funding mobility projects.

This is the second year of support from the Scottish Government, with the students last year learning about the Nordic welfare system.

During this year’s trip, taking place May 2 to 11, students will focus on social work and the vulnerable communities they engage with; immigrants, asylum seekers and those in poverty.

They will be accompanied by Lecturers Barrie Levine and Lynn Sheridan, who will also be lecturing at the event.

Barrie said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students, and builds on our partnership with Ersta Sköndal University. We are very excited about this trip which is a major step forward in internationalising our curriculum and we are grateful to the Scottish Government for providing the funding.”

Barrie recently presented at the 5th European Conference for Social Work Research on the growth of racism in Europe with a focus on antisemitism and challenges for social work. He intends to share his knowledge on this subject with his social work colleagues in Sweden, where there is a large immigrant population and related issues of social cohesion.