As rumours spread that the government is considering axing bursaries, six social work students say what getting a bursary means to them
Rumours that the government is considering scrapping social work bursaries have caused alarm among students at the University of Sussex. Our students range in age from their 20s to early middle age and have a variety of reasons for entering social work education. For some, personal experience of being a service user has motivated them; for others, a deeply held commitment to social justice drives them towards a challenging and often strenuous career.
What they share is passion and dedication towards their own learning and personal development in order to achieve their goals. Withdrawing the bursary would threaten the career choices of dedicated, able and passionate people, who are committed to making a difference to those most vulnerable in society.