SSESW academic receives first US-UK Fulbright Scholarship in Social Work since 1967


Dr Joe Duffy

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

photo of Dr Joe Duffy, Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW) colleague Joe Duffy has been awarded a US-UK Fulbright All Disciplines Scholar Award for 2018-19, the first award in the Social Work discipline since 1967.

Considered to be the most prestigious scholarships in the world, the Fulbright Award will involve Joe working with New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, Belmont University (Nashville) Social Work Department and the US Council for Social Work Education over a 12 month period beginning September 2018, to introduce service user and carer involvement into the Social Work curriculum in the United States. This is an aspect of social work pedagogy for which Joe is internationally recognised.

Speaking of the Fulbright Award, Joe said: ‘I am so thrilled to receive this Fulbright Award and that this will be a basis for helping social work education in the US to work with service user knowledge and experience to help students develop in key aspects of their social work competence. Equally, it will be important for us in Northern Ireland to learn from the established practices in the US of using simulation-based knowledge in social work education, an area where we are also currently innovating.’

Head of the School of SSESW, Professor Carl Bagley commented: ‘The awarding of a Fulbright in the field of Social Work is an outstanding achievement and a tremendous honour for Joe and the School. Joe is committed to working with colleagues in the US to make a difference to Social Work practice. Significantly, his work will enable service users to have a stronger voice in social work practice.’

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