The University of Plymouth has announced it will open a new school of nursing, which is set to launch this autumn in response to feedback from current students.
The school – to be based in Exeter – will take about 100 of the 485 students expected to embark on the institution’s long-standing adult nursing programme in September.
“We hope locating these teaching facilities in Exeter will reduce the need for them to travel”
The new teaching site will not mean an increase in overall student nurse numbers. But it is hoped that it will make life easier for many students, by reducing the time it takes to get to and from home and to lectures and clinical placements.
The university said the new school was being created as a direct response to feedback from students.
It will bring the number of nurse training sites at the university to three, with the adult nursing course also on offer at the main campus in Plymouth and another site in Truro.
Professor Trish Livsey, executive dean of the university’s faculty of health and human sciences, said: “Some students commute to Plymouth from significant distances, so we hope locating these teaching facilities in Exeter will reduce the need for them to travel and cut the associated time and costs of travelling – which will particularly support our students who have caring responsibilities.”
The exact location of the new school has yet to be finalised with a tendering process under way, she noted.
Third year nursing student Sharon Chilcott, who has previously had to get up at 5am to make it to lectures on time, said the move would help her and others achieve a better work-life balance.
“Commuting to Plymouth can take up to two hours from where I live, and with a young baby to look after, commuting to Exeter is much more doable as I can get there in 20 minutes,” she said.
“The time not spent commuting can then be used to study and an added benefit is not having to get up so early,” she added.
The university is currently accepting applications to the BSc adult nursing course at the Exeter school of nursing via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).