Dundee student wins Ethics and Social Welfare essay prize

Claire Ferrier, postgraduate social work student at the University of Dundee

MSc Social Work student Claire Ferrier has won the Jo Campling Memorial Essay Prize awarded by the journal Ethics and Social Welfare.

Claire’s essay was based on her practice study on ‘risk’ in social work, and as well as having her essay published in the journal in April she has also been awarded £150 plus a year’s free print subscription to the journal.

“I was really surprised to have won the prize” said Claire. “The opportunity to enter coincided with an essay I wrote following a Social Work placement and it was a fairly last minute entry.

“The accolade is very significant given the journal’s and Jo Campling’s commitment to ethics and social welfare. The concepts and practice approach which I discuss in the essay are not mainstream ideas. They challenge orthodoxies of Social Work practice and ask the reader to consider the risk that technocratic rather than humanistic practice pose to individuals and the profession.

“To have won the prize, having written from this perspective, is very encouraging and for this reason I am most proud.”

Senior Lecturer in Social Work Dr Jane Fenton added “This is absolutely fantastic news for Claire, social work education here at the University of Dundee, the School and the wider University. Well done Claire!”

Jo Campling, who died in Summer 2006, was the publishing consultant and driving force behind the setting up of the journal Ethics and Social Welfare. She is remembered for her commitment to supporting new and young academics through their first publishing ventures, and her work in developing journals and book series in social work and social policy. These prizes are given in her memory.