Outstanding Student shortlisted for Award

20 April 2017

A Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) BA Social Work student David Clarke has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Bright Spark category at the Scottish Social Services Awards 2017.

David is the only student nominated as a finalist at the awards to celebrate the work of the social services sector in Scotland and those who work in the sector.

GCU Senior Lecturer Sharon Jackson and practice teacher Aileen Mochan, East Ayrshire Council, nominated the fourth-year student for his outstanding performance as a student.

He said: “I am delighted to have been nominated and I would like to thank Sharon and Aileen for taking the time to submit the nomination, and for their support during my final social work placement. 

“It is encouraging to have student social worker representation within the Bright Spark category. Such students are required to manage the competing demands of complex placements, university assessments and their personal responsibilities.  It is their unwavering devotion to supporting our society’s most vulnerable people that drives them to undertake this arduous process.  It is a genuine privilege to represent this very special, talented and upstanding group."

Sharon Jackson said: “The skill that David has demonstrated extend well beyond that expected of a trainee social worker and has been underpinned by a strong value base and an equally strong ethic of care. “He combines his studies in social work with fostering full-time. He is a student who has excelled in his studies and in practise he has been outstanding. We are delighted that his efforts are being recognised and wish him all the very best in the finals.”

Helen Gallagher, Head of Department of Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences at the University’s School of Health and Life Sciences, added:  “Congratulations to David on this achievement. To be nominated by both his academic tutor and practice teacher is excellent recognition of all his hard work.  David has a promising future ahead in social work.”

The awards are run by the Social Work Services Strategic Forum.

The winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on 13 June 2017 at Crieff Hydro.