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School of Education moves to the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Kingston’s School of Education (SOE) joined the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (FHSCS) on 1 September 2012.

The focus of the newly configured Faculty will be preparing students for professional practice – nurses, teachers, social workers, and other health care workers. As disciplines they share similar methods of learning, which are both theoretical and practical with at least half of the learning experience occurring on placement in the workplace. Healthcare workers, teachers and social workers in reality work closely together, so there are real advantages in their learning together.

The ambition of the newly aligned Faculty is to take advantage of this disciplinary mix to develop new programmes, grow common research, share best practice and influence policy and practice. This will position it well to respond to the ever-changing policy agendas in health, social care, and public health. There are particular opportunities in areas like children’s services that will include child protection, special needs, health visiting and school nursing, sexual health and developing skills in critical reflection.

The School of Education is consistently rated amongst the top education departments in the country and will bring its expertise in educational methodology and innovation to the Faculty. The School has joined the Faculty for strategic and academic purposes with the Head of School reporting to the Dean of the Faculty. This is not part of the joint venture agreement with St George’s, University of London and the School will remain independent in areas like marketing, recruitment, placement management, contract management, quality assurance and programme delivery, which will sit entirely within the system and processes of Kingston University.

Julius Weinberg, Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University commented “Complex cities need professionals who can work across the conventional boundaries between health, social work and education. Health care workers, social workers and teachers face similar challenges and problems . There are huge opportunities for training that incorporates knowledge from all these areas and produces people who can work across boundaries; in addition we need research that crosses the disciplines.”

Professor Peter Kopelman, The Principal of St George’s, University of London, also welcomed the arrival of the School of Education. “I welcome the opportunities the alignment of the School of Education within the Faculty should bring. It further underlines the breadth of professional training provided by the two universities and offers greater interplay across the professions in education and research. It should also help strengthen our close links with local schools.”

A formal launch event will be held on 22 January 2013 at Kingston Hill to mark the change

Faculty name change

A consultation for a name change for the Faculty is in currently in process within the Faculty, St George’s University of London and Kingston University, and externally with the NHS and other partners.

For more information about the School of Education see:http://www.healthcare.ac.uk/schools/education