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Student wins Frances Sheldon Award

Posted on 18 August 2014

Congratulations to MA Social Work student Craig Burrows for his winning dissertation entry “An Assisted Dying Law in the UK”

Patricia Walton, Lecturer in Social Work & Director of the MA in Social Work Programme, writes:

"We entered two of our 2012-14 MA students for the annual Frances Sheldon Award. The award is for the best post-graduate dissertation on a subject relevant to palliative care. It is managed by the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers. I'm delighted to say that Craig Burrows' dissertation was the winning entry. The other dissertation submitted (by Suzanne Runacres) was excellent too, almost winning our own dissertation prize with a mark of 80."

Feedback from the judges was that Craig's entry was strong in relation to all three of the main criteria against which entries were judged: well-constructed academic writing, relevance to present day practice challenges in palliative care and making a contribution to highlighting the contribution of and furthering good practice in palliative care social work. They commented that:

“We thought this was a brave issue to tackle and demonstrates that social work has a lot to offer to this debate, as well as concluding with an important further research challenge: how to ensure that the patient's views are sufficiently and safely considered.”

Craig has been invited to collect his certificate and £250 prize cheque at the Association’s annual conference, which is being held at the University of East London, Docklands Campus on 11 and 12 September.