Spending stars

By Isabella Wells, 1st year BACY student I didn’t have any idea of what Rotterdam would be like, all I knew was that the Dutch have a friendly reputation and their educational system has been rated positively. When I arrived in Rotterdam I was surprised by how modern the city is, everywhere you look you … Continue reading Spending stars


What you can do with a bit of space

By Steven Crowe.  2nd year BACY student On our trip to Rotterdam we witnessed a variety of different areas of social care and social work, and the university had kindly set up visits to a variety of different organisations and settings to get a feel for some of the work that is being done in … Continue reading What you can do with a bit of space

The ‘social’ in social work

By Ollie Mills, Social Work student The Education and Social Work trip to Rotterdam was fascinating and enjoyable from beginning to end. That being said, as a social work student, I have to say that day three was my personal favourite. This was the day that two students of Childhood and Youth Studies and I … Continue reading The ‘social’ in social work


Henk Oosterling’s lesson: Responsibility starts early

Further reflections by Alina Next, the University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam, offered us a lesson to remember. With hints of John Dewey, and a flavour of social pedagogy, Henk Oosterling’s TED talk about a more contemporary battle was simple but powerful. Using the example of London riots, the philosopher stressed the importance of up-bringing, of … Continue reading Henk Oosterling’s lesson: Responsibility starts early


Falling for Rotterdam

By Alina Chirila 2nd year BACY student It is not very hard to fall in love when you’re a pretty accurate version of Don Quixote. On this occasion, in my own search for meaning and beauty, I hoped to fall for the Dutch, and God, it really did happen. Black tulips, libertine coffee shops with their … Continue reading Falling for Rotterdam


A visit to Rotterdam: integration, segregation and assimilation

By Elsie Whittington In the last two years Sussex's Education and Social work department have played host to two groups of social pedagogue students from Rotterdam.  Russell Whiting and Janet Boddy have been the key contacts and involved the students in classes, taken them on visits to social work placements and provided the students with … Continue reading A visit to Rotterdam: integration, segregation and assimilation