Social work student shortlisted for top national award

Eric Konadu was nominated by Dr Denise Turner, senior lecturer for Social Work at London Met

Date: 11 October 2019

A social work student from London Metropolitan University has been shortlisted for a prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding achievements.

Eric Konadu, who is studying Social Work MSc, has been selected as a finalist for Student Social Worker of the Year in the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards. Eric will find out if he’s won at a national awards ceremony taking place in November.

The awards are organised by The Social Work Awards charity, which aims to improve public awareness and understanding of social work by showing the positive impact of social workers in the wide range of roles they undertake.  

Eric is one of five finalists in the Student Social Worker of the Year category and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the “Overall Social Worker of the Year 2019.”

Dr Denise Turner, senior lecturer for Social Work, nominated Eric for the award. She said: “I nominated Eric because, since starting his master's programme, he has engaged tirelessly with every opportunity offered to him.  He was an outstanding Student Representative in 2018/19 and is currently a Success Coach. 

“He has made a valuable contribution to my internationally recognised research and played a leading role in the development of my new app for Social Work education. At a time when Digital Capabilities in Social Work are under intense scrutiny through a national project led by the British Association of Social Workers, Eric’s innovation, energy and creativity have set the bar for digital social work. As I said in my nomination Eric is a true leader - where he goes people follow.”

A portrait photograph of Eric Konadu