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Congratulations to Dan Hope, winner of the Practice Educator Award at the Social Work Awards 2016!

Posted on 14 December 2016

SPSW Practice Educator wins national award

Polly Sykes, Teaching Fellow and Social Work Placements Coordinator, writes: Dan has demonstrated his dedication to bringing on the next generation of social workers through his practice teaching, and he has been working with UoY students for almost a decade.  

His nomination highlighted his personal commitment to sharing knowledge, and to developing students' breadth of experience through creative multi-agency working.

Since graduating from the University of York with an MA in social work, Dan has demonstrated a passion for using his social work knowledge to bring about lasting change for vulnerable children and families. He has a clear understanding of the craft of social work, and the need for students to have sound theoretical underpinning, solid values and an understanding of the social context. 

In recent years, Dan's interest (and reputation) in international social work has grown and he has worked closely with Marilyn Crawshaw, of SPSW, and the social work placements team as we’ve prepared MA social work students to spend part of their first placement in Uganda. Dan has fostered links with CALM Africa, an organisation working with children in Uganda, which has since been used for a number of student placements. 

Congratulations, Dan, on a well deserved award!

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 For more on the Social Worker Awards 2016, please see