SASW 12th Annual Awards

Practice Teacher of the Year 2018

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Eddie McAuley - Winner 


Eddie started his working career in the shipyards and it was during this time he developed a lifelong interest in social work and social injustice and became a staunch shop steward for the workers in the yard. Latterly he realised that this passion for supporting others was a calling and laid down his hammer and tools and took up a different set of tools to become a social worker in the late eighties. 

Working for North Lanarkshire Council he honed his skills and eventually passed these on to other budding social workers as a practice teacher. 

Eddie retired from the council in about 2010 but not from his passion in supporting learning and became an Independent Practice Teacher.

Eddie was registered with the network and eventually came out of retirement to work for us in developing and sourcing innovative practice learning placements, especially in the third sector. 

He continued to be a Practice Teacher during his time with the network and his role was to quality assure the growing list of independent practice teachers in the west by providing a range of CPD opportunities which would keep their practice current. He produced and developed a Practice Learning Toolkit for use in voluntary organisations wishing to develop their own learning culture and provide practice learning opportunities for social work students.  

He retired again in October 2018 but not before he nurtured significant practice placements in North Lanarkshire secondary schools. 

Eddie has been an inspirational figure in our endeavours to invest in practice learning, a guiding, calm, knowledgeable presence in a frequently fraught environment.

Therefore it was a wonderful acknowledgement of Eddie’s lifelong commitment to social work values and the learning of others that he won SASW Practice Teacher of the Year Award 2018. 

Sarah McCulloch Nominee 

"I was incredibly humbled, honoured and emtional at receiving the nomination"

Sarah McCulloch writes about her career in social work and how it felt to be nominated.  Click here to read further. 

SASW Student of the Year Award 2018

Calum Glasgow SASW Student of the Year - click here to read article published in BASW Professional Social Work Edition, June 2019


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