promoting & developing

UK Social Work Research, education & practice

Pleased to meet you


Welcome to the Association for Professors of Social Work. We are a membership organisation operating in the UK. Our members are researchers and educators in the areas of social work and related fields, operating throughout the UK from higher education institutions. Please explore the site to find out more about us, view our events and publications and find out how you can get involved. 

"As co-chair of APSW it's a privilege to be working with the social work professoriate to promote social work research, education and practice."
Prof Gillian Ruch

About us

Our purpose is the promotion and development of social work education and research in the UK. Through our activities, events and meetings we provide a UK-wide forum on social work.

We are able to have an impact on institutions engaged in social work education and research, to help feed evidence into training and practice.

At a policy level, we represent the interests of social work to Governments, the media and other bodies both in the UK and internationally.

We initiate and undertake research in social work and related fields, aiming to ensure that research has an impact, through the collection and dissemination of relevant information.

Black Lives Matter statement

The Association of Professors of Social Work (APSW) condemns racism and believes discrimination and prejudice have no place in our practice. We recognise we have a key role to play in challenging systemic racism in the wider society as well as inequalities in social work. We strive to actively work in anti-racist ways to address such inequalities and oppression through research, education and practice. We are committed to challenging discrimination in all its forms and working collaboratively towards a society where people are treated with dignity, respect and as equal members of society.