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Site confirmed for new school of nursing to be based in Exeter

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The University of Plymouth has confirmed the location of its new nursing education facility that is due to be set up in the city of Exeter.

The university has announced that the Exeter School of Nursing will be opening on Topsham Road, with the first-year BSc Adult Nursing students starting in September.

“It was key for us to find somewhere that was central, to help reduce the need for students to travel”

Bridie Kent

The university has run an adult nursing programme for more than 20 years. The Exeter school will be its third nursing teaching site, joining the main Plymouth campus and another site in Truro.

Based near Countess Wear roundabout in Exeter, the new site is owned by WESC Foundation – The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment. The university will be repurposing existing buildings.

Plymouth said its extension into Exeter was in response to student feedback, and the location was chosen to help reduce travel time between homes, lectures and to and from clinical placements.

Professor Bridie Kent, head of Plymouth’s school of nursing and midwifery, revealed the site location on International Nurses Day.

“This year’s theme for International Nurses Day is ‘sustainable development goals’,” she said. “And with that in mind, it’s great that we’re moving into an existing education site, rather than building something new.

“It was also key for us to find somewhere that was central, to help reduce the need for students to travel and cut the associated time and costs of travelling – which will particularly support our students who have caring responsibilities,” she said.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming our first students to the Exeter School of Nursing in September, and we’re still welcoming applications,” she added.

Maureen Biss, deputy chief executive officer of the WESC Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome the University of Plymouth to our campus.”

Plymouth University

Site confirmed for new school of nursing to be based in Exeter

Pictured (L-R): Professor Bridie Kent, head of School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Plymouth, Tracy De Bernhardt Dunkin, principal and chief executive of WESC Foundation, and Maureen Biss, deputy chief executive of WESC Foundation

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