University membership

Build knowledge for evidence-informed practice into undergraduate social work course content and postgraduate study and keep staff and students up to date with live policy and practice issues.

University membership offers students, course leaders and researchers access to peer-reviewed publications, multimedia learning resources, engagement activities and support in a fast-changing social care policy and practice landscape. By using Research in Practice materials, you can ensure that teaching programmes speak directly to core learning and development requirements.  

Tailored content  

A dedicated university hub offers access to evidence-informed content, tailored to the needs of researchers, teaching staff, faculty, and students in social care.  

Learning events and network exchange 

Opportunities to join learning, knowledge sharing, and peer support events led by our Partner Engagement Team.   

Access via SSO authentication 

Easy access to online learning for all university students, research active and teaching staff, and wider faculty, authorised via single-sign-on (SSO) authentication, directly aligning to electronic library systems. 

An annual programme of learning resources and activities

New learning resources and activities are programmed across the year, informed by consultation with our Partner network to address priority topics. 

  • Written materials – peer-reviewed, quality-assured and targeted content designed to meet a range of learning needs. Includes social care practice guides; briefings and extensive reviews of evidence on key social care topics, presented in shorter ‘bite size’ and ‘long read’ formats.  
  • Multimedia materials – webinars, videos and podcasts on current practice and policy issues.  
  • Regular updates on policy and case law – monthly case law updates analysing selected legal findings and their implications for practice. Policy updates keep you up to date on fast changing social care activity. 
  • The extensive library of learning resources – curated resources, pathways and programmes meet the learning needs of social care professionals from student and early career to practice and system leadership.  
  • Networking opportunities with university members – bringing together subject librarians, researchers and faculty members from across the Research in Practice university membership network, the annual University Partnership Meeting shares knowledge on using Research in Practice resources in undergraduate course content, showcases research impact work co-produced with Research in Practice and provides an opportunity for partner feedback so we can continue to improve our offer to universities. 
  • Rolling programme of member engagement – easy access, drop-in sessions online. 
    Topic led resource sessions – bite size learning on core social care topics ideal for students.  
    How to use Research in Practice – guiding users to get the most out of membership.  
  • Functionality to support student learning and professional development – create and export CPD logs to evidence against professional standards (e.g. Social Work England, Health & Care Professions Council). Practice standards and frameworks –search and filter resources mapped to practice standards and frameworks including the social work post-qualifying standards and the Professional Capabilities Frameworks. 

University Partner feedback

I have often used Research in Practice resources with qualified social workers undertaking practice education modules, mostly when asking them to consider critical reflection and reflective supervision. I am not alone in using these resources and I know that in our region many local authority practice development consultants also reference them. I also use the resources in my teaching with masters social work students, for example when considering relationship based practice, difficult conversations in social care, adult attachment, and working with people who self neglect. The resources are evidence informed, accessible, informative and practically useful. 

Research in Practice Partner

I am currently using Research in Practice podcasts, legal case summaries and strategic briefings to update my knowledge on all areas of social work practice with children and families. The ‘Children and families topic flyers’ from the Link Officer toolkit are a great place to find subject-specific resources. I have used models and updated research from the resources in my teaching and will continue to do so.

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To discuss or purchase a university membership contact us. We can offer an open-access trial for universities interested in university membership.
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