Social Work Events Supporting Students with Additional Needs

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This masterclass, brought to you by Yorkshire and Rural Teaching Partnership and University of York, promotes communication and knowledge sharing between academics and social work and social care professionals.

This lunchtime seminar will focus on how social work students with additional needs can be supported whilst on practice placement.  We will look at the barriers such students may face and how these can be overcome, with personal testimony from two of the facilitators.


Ed Robson has been a lecturer in Social Work at the University of York since 2014.  Prior to this he worked in a range of social work areas, including mental health, homelessness and teenage pregnancy.  He has a keen interest in enhancing students learning and improving service user involvement in service provision.


Melissa Crowland graduated with a MA in Social Work from the University of York in 2018. I have a rare genetic condition called Alstrom Symdrom which affects me in a number of different ways including; total blindness, moderate hearing loss, heart disease, liver disease and diabetes among other things. I joined the Service User & Carer group at the University of York in 2019 and also work in a number of other capacities, I am a Crisis Recovery Mentor for a mental health charity, a Keeping in Touch volunteer for a local sight loss charity and over the pandemic have set up talk services for both adults and teenagers who have Alstrom.


Nikita Somaiya (Niki) is a recent Master’s graduate of the University of York (2019)  and is registered with  SWE. She has recently worked for a disability charity and sits on an advisory board for The Young Women’s Trust as a volunteer alongside her role as a lived experience member of the SUPA group at the university. Her areas of experience include sharing experiences of intersectionality. This often includes disability (visible and non-visible) and topics around being BAME, estrangement and living independently in the community.

How to book

Before booking please check with your Line Manager/Workforce Development team to ensure that your application follows any local policy and procedures.  This is a free seminar for partnership placement providers.

Delivery Method

This session will be delivered virtually via Teams.  Participants who have booked will be sent the event link during the week before the session.

Venue details
Virtual Teams Meeting