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Gaining by Giving? Peer Research into Service User and Carer Perceptions of Inclusivity in Higher Education

Rooney, Joy ORCID:, Unwin, Peter ORCID: and Osborne, Nina Dawn (2016) Gaining by Giving? Peer Research into Service User and Carer Perceptions of Inclusivity in Higher Education. Social Work Education, 35 (8). pp. 945-959. ISSN Print: 0261-5479 Online: 1470-1227

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Service users and carers (SUAC) have made significant contributions to professional training in social work courses in Higher Education (HE) over the past decade in the UK. Such participation has been championed by government, academics and SUAC groups from a range of theoretical and political perspectives. Most research into the effectiveness of SUAC involvement at HE has come from the perspectives of academics and very little SUAC-led research exists. This qualitative peer research was led by two members of the University of Worcester’s SUAC group.
Findings were that SUAC perceived their involvement brought benefits to students, staff, the University and the local community. Significant personal benefits such as finding a new support network, increased self-development and greater confidence to manage their own care were identified in ways that suggested that the benefits that can flow from SUAC involvement at HE are perhaps more far-reaching than previously recognised. Barriers to inclusion were less than previously reported in the literature and the humanising effects of SUAC involvement are presented as a partial antidote to an increasingly marketised HE culture.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social Work Education on November 2016, available online:

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: service user and carer, social work, peer research, inclusivity, higher education, widening participation, lifelong learning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Joy Rooney
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2016 16:11
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2021 04:00

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