Stop the closure of Applied Community & Youth Work Studies
  • Petitioned The university of Manchester Senate

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The university of Manchester Senate

Stop the closure of Applied Community & Youth Work Studies

    1. rachel wood
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      rachel wood

      wood, United Kingdom

THE AXEMAN COMETH: Saving Community & Youth Work Studies at the University of Manchester

Undergraduate courses in Manchester University’s School of Education have been targeted in a review conducted by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Keith Brown. Speaking at a meeting with students today (Wednesday 26th September), Professor Brown asserted that the University is aiming to be one of the best University’s in the world, meaning that they only want to recruit students with excellent A levels and intend to focus on courses linked to world class research.

In a move that angered students from across the School of Education, Professor Brown announced that the Faculty is planning to SUSPEND recruitment onto the Applied Community & Youth Work Studies (ACYWS) programme, claiming that there is “no point to the course”. We challenge the rationale behind the decision, as this course has helped the University meet its social responsibility targets and in addressing the widening participation agenda.

Over the past 25 years, students on the course have worked with literally hundreds of community-based organisations, and supported young people experiencing exclusion and disadvantage throughout Greater Manchester. The course has supported local organisations to better their service provisions for vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

The programme has provided students with the opportunity to access a professionally-validated programme through non-traditional routes, as it values qualifications and experience over A levels, and has provided students with a unique opportunity to pursue their studies.

“We call on the University of Manchester Senate to reject proposals to close the Applied Community & Youth Work Studies programme. We urge the University to support provision of this course, strengthening ties with the community as part of its drive for excellence, recognising the value of this unique approach to addressing social exclusion and widening participation in higher education”.

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    • Millie Finlayson MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      It is important to me as I am on the Applied & Youth Work. Studies

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    • Gina B MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

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    • Beverley Mcfarquhar MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      This is a time when young people need the valuable support.

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    • tim kerr SALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      youth workers stop riots

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    • Kane Gunter KNUTSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      As a volunteer in community and youth work, its hard to express how important it is and what of David Cameron's "Big Society"

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