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Our Social Work Student Experience of COVID-19

Shell Perry, BA Social Work Student, Heart of Worcestershire College:

'Since the uncertainties of the pandemic, I have received continuous support from tutors, not only on an academic level but also personal. The lectures have shown dedication in delivering lectures, tutorials, forms, telephone consultations and electronic resources. They have offered support and reassurance, giving me the determination and get through this difficult time.

Not receiving face to face learning was my main concern, but the amendments made by lectures during this time has ensured all my learning outcomes have been covered. In addition to this, I have received extra learning material, links to online discussions to talk around topics related to set modules, giving me greater insight into social work practice.

Admin and support staff have also demonstrated continued support, keeping me updated with all relevant information. They have continued their hard work to ensure we are preparing for next years studies concerning bursary and information about the college, including updates related to the pandemic.

The dedicated shown from tutors/ support services within the college in assisting my learning is genuinely inspirational, and I thank everyone involved for their continued support and guidance in completing my first year.'

Emma Wood, BA Social Work Student, Heart of Worcestershire College:

'I am a mature first year student approaching the end of my first year of a BA (Hons) Degree in Social Work. I have not studied for many years and so going back into education was quite daunting.

I have found the whole experience so far a really positive one. My tutors have been fantastic, lectures informative and plenty of advice and assistance offered when I have needed it.

I wondered how all of this would continue with the government’s social distancing strategy during the global pandemic of COVID-19, and I need not have worried. The support we have been given from tutors has been second to none. Lectures have been posted onto Moodle for us to continue with our studies. These presentations had plenty of interactive elements and research opportunities. They included forum discussions which we could all input into, and our ethics and values lectures had an audio facility, so you could listen to the lecturer talking about each slide. I have received email support from all of my lecturers when I have required it throughout this social distancing period, and feel that I have received the same level of learning, even though we have not been able to physically attend Osprey House.

The staff have gone above and beyond to continue to provide our education, and this I am truly grateful for! Thank you.'

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