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Sixth formers interview prospective nursing students

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A Welsh university has chosen to continue a scheme where applicants for places on nursing degree courses face interviews with local sixth-form students posing as “service users”.

It is the second year that the University of South Wales has used the teenagers on its panels, following a successful trial of the idea in 2015.

“It’s been such a success that we’re going to continue the project”

Maria Parry

Prospective students are grilled by teenagers from three nearby schools – Bryntirion Comprehensive School in Bridgend, St David’s Sixth Form College in Cardiff, and Treorchy Comprehensive – as well as academics and lecturers.

Senior lecturer Maria Parry said: “When interviewing for students, the Nursing and Midwifery Council stipulates that a ‘service user’ must be on the panel.

“Most people would probably think that would be someone a bit older. But we thought that younger people, particularly those who were interested in nursing as a career, could have a different perspective – asking different sorts of questions,” she said.

“This is the second year we’ve been involving the students,” she said. “In fact, one student who was on the panel last year was on the other side of the questioning this year, and will now be joining us as a student this autumn.

She added: “It’s been such a success that we’re going to continue the project – giving more sixth form students the chance to get involved in choosing future students.”

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