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University attempts to lure student nurses with financial benefits

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Funding totalling £1,500 is to be made available to all new adult nursing students next year, a higher education institution has announced in the wake of the bursary cuts in England.

The University of Hertfordshire said potential adult nursing students could benefit from the funding when they joined the January 2018 intake.

It noted that the introduction of fees in place of the national bursary for nursing courses in England in September 2017 meant some students were “hesitating” to enrol because funding was an issue.

Described as a “bursary” by the Hertfordshire University, it said its £1,500 funding offer had been introduced to encourage students to “make the life changing decision to train as nurses”. The funding consists of a £1,000 bursary plus a combination of £500 worth of additional benefits.

To apply for it, prospective students need to submit their application by 8 January 2018, and subsequently confirm the University of Hertfordshire as their firm choice by 12 January.

The course will then begin on the 15 January 2018. The bursary will be granted to all registered students that begin the course on that date, said the university.

The move is among a range of similar offers and other new incentives, such as facilities, that universities are turning to in order to try and tempt future students to join their nursing courses.

Jackie Kelly, dean of Hertfordshire’s school of health and social work, said: “Nurses are passionate, driven and dedicated individuals.

“We are delighted to be able to provide this bursary to support our January 2018 adult nursing intake,” she said.

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