The School of Applied Social Studies team is active in a number of professional social work and social sciences networks. Additionally RGU's service user panel gives the opportunity for people who have accessed social work services the opportunity to contribute to the education of our social work students.


Service User Panel

Carer Involvement Network (CIN)

Professional Networks

Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services, (formerly the Scottish Institute for Excellence in Social Work Education), was launched in August 2003 by Mr Euan Robson, Deputy Education and Young People Minister.

The Institute was set up by the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC) to design, carry out and evaluate three areas of 'innovative educational developments'

  • Learning for Effective & Ethical Practice (LEEP)
  • Assessment (Integrated Assessment)
  • eLearning (Learning Exchange)

These educational developments aim to shape the future of social work education by driving up standards and ensuring there will be a workforce that is equipped to meet the needs of the profession in the 21st Century. 

A key feature of the Institute is to bring together all nine Higher Education Institutions offering professional social work training in Scotland and to manage a strategic collaborative approach to the development and implementation of the new social work degree.

Full information on the work of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services can be found on the website:   

Care Inspectorate

SCSWIS are the independent regulator of social care and social work services across Scotland.

The Care Inspectorate (formerly SCWIS) are the independent scrutiny and improvement body for care services in Scotland. They make sure people receive high quality care and ensure that services promote and protect their rights through regulations, inspections and supporting improvement of care, social work and child protection services for the benefit of the people who use them. Various kinds of organisations provide the services they regulate: local authorities, individuals, businesses, charities and voluntary organisations.   

For further information about the Care Inspectorate please visit their website: