South East Technological University (SETU) celebrates another success in its first academic year with the announcement that all current social care programmes on the Carlow, Waterford and Wexford campuses have been approved by CORU.  

CORU approval means that the University’s current social care programmes meet national standards of excellence in the training and development of social care students.  

SETU’s social care graduates from the CORU approved programmes will also be eligible to register as social care workers once the CORU register opens in November 2023. The news has been welcomed by students across SETU’s social care programmes.  

Conan O’Neill McDermott, a fourth-year student of social care, commented, “As a final year student in Professional Social Care Practice, I am delighted with the news that we will now be graduating with a CORU approved degree. This will give us with more professional standing, accountability and transparency within our role as professional social care workers.” 

Naomi McCarthy, a first-year social care student, was thrilled to learn that our degree received CORU approval. “This news brought a great sense of happiness, satisfaction and pride to all students at SETU. We feel equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in the field of social care and I am eager to put these skills into practice.” 

Speaking of the announcement, Prof Veronica Campbell, President of SETU sees this as a very significant milestone for the University saying, “We are delighted to receive CORU approval. This is a wonderful achievement, most especially for our students who will have the skills and competencies to deliver safe and person-centred practice.  

“To be part of a movement that professionalises and regulates the delivery of social care provision and will ensure best practice and high-quality services for vulnerable people is very special for all of our staff, students and the wider community.  

“I would like to take this moment to thank our staff, students and placement providers for their commitment and dedication throughout the process."  

CORU approval follows a comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of social care programmes including course design, module content, assessment, and the monitoring and oversight of quality processes.  

Success in this approval process is also an important landmark for SETU and for the continual development of quality social care provision in the south east region. This approval process constitutes a very significant aspect of on-going collaborations in curriculum development, learning and teaching and research innovations in social care and in other humanities disciplines across SETU campuses.