SWU Assignment: World Social Work Day Student Essay Competition

"Respecting diversity through joint social action" World Social Work Day, 21st March 2023 | #WSWD23 | IFSW, SWU

SWU Assignment: World Social Work Day Essay Competition 2023

The winners for the 2023 competition have been selected.

Congratulations to Aishah Zamir of the University of Birmingham, Melanie Barr of Anglia Ruskin University, Samantha Ncube of the University of Greenwich, and Natalie Cox of Nottingham Trent University on your winning essays!

Each year the Social Workers Union seeks to challenge and engage students and apprentices with the SWU Assignment — an essay competition for World Social Work Day in which we pose questions about current issues in social work.

The competition is open to Social Work Students undertaking an Undergraduate or Post Graduate Social Work Degree in the UK and to Social Work Apprentices. All completed assignments will be judged by a Panel. Up to four of the most compelling arguments within the word limit of 750-1000 words will win a grant of £500 each.

The SWU Assignment question for 2023 was:

“How can social workers best support the diverse communities across the UK who are making change through joint social action?”

Click here to download the four winning essays as a PDF.

John McGowan, General Secretary of SWU, said,

“I am delighted in the interest shown in this assignment. This topic of diverse communities and making change though joint social action appears to have been very popular this year and resonated with student social workers and apprentices who submitted quality entries.

“SWU will continue to support diversity and work as a union to promote activism in this area. It is good to see that future social workers have a deep understanding of this, and this is important for new social workers.”

You are also invited to meet the markers for the 2023 SWU Assignment and can find the details of the 2023 essay competition here.

Previous SWU Assignment winners

Are you interested in reading the brilliant essays that have impressed the panel judges in previous years? Here is a list of all the winning SWU Assignment essays to date: