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A graduate and a student of the University of Birmingham’s MA in Social Work, part of the University’s prestigious Social Work Programme, have each won prizes at the 2016 Social Worker of the Year Awards.

Jamie McEwan (MA Social Work, 2013) won Gold for ‘Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year’, while Annabelle Stock (MA Social Work, 2016) took home Silver as runner-up for ‘Student Social Worker of the Year’, at a ceremony in London on Friday 25 November.


A total of seven University of Birmingham alumni and students were shortlisted for awards across six different categories, with nearly all of them coming from the University’s social work training programme.

The strength of this programme has been recognised through multiple prizes at the Social Worker of the Year awards in the past, including the ‘Adult Social Worker of the Year’ award, won by graduates of the University of Birmingham for two years in a row in 2014 and 2015.

Director of the Social Work Programme at the University of Birmingham, Gary Hickman, said:
‘We are very proud of Jamie and Annabelle for winning these prestigious awards for their work. Their achievements, and those of the other shortlisted students and alumni from the University of Birmingham, are testament to the strength of our internationally-renowned training programme, which consistently produces top-quality graduates with the potential to make a real difference to the world.’

For more information, contact Liz Bell at the University of Birmingham Press Office or call 0121 414 2772.

The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by both the Department for Education and Department of Health.
There are fifteen categories in total across the specialisms of both children’s and adult services, including an ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year’ award.
The social work training programme at the University of Birmingham’s School of Social Policy is internationally renowned and is the oldest of its kind in the UK, dating back to 1908.