Save Applied Community and Youth Work Studies at Manchester University
October 3, 2012 Leave a comment
by Denise Hayward, student in the ACYWS Dept
The Applied Community and Youth Work Studies (ACYWS) has provided opportunities for students to participate in higher education at the University of Manchester for nearly 25 years, growing in stature, and achieving a reputation as one of the best courses of its kind in the country. Previously at the forefront of the widening participation agenda, the University can rightly claim that this programme has ensured that many students with credible experience have been able to secure good quality degrees that would have been denied them had the emerging concentration on ‘A’ level attainment been enforced.
ACYWS students provide support to dozens of local statutory and voluntary / community sector organisations every year, raising the University’s profile in the most disadvantaged communities in the city and NW region. They have helped thousands of young people achieve enhanced outcomes as a result of the work they have completed on their placements. Many of the programmes ex-students now manage and work for local organisations, holding together the social infrastructure of the city, providing opportunities for the most marginalised groups to participate fully in the life of their community.
We believe this is a valuable programme of which the Universityshould be proud, and which is needed now more than ever before as the effects of austerity policies continue to impact on the most disadvantaged groups and communities in our city.
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