The University of Salford has announced that it is changing the name of its nursing school, which will see the word “nursing” dropped from the title.
The school of nursing, midwifery, social work and social sciences will in future be known as the school of health and society, said the university.
“This change of name has come about following analyses and consultation”
The change of branding, along with a relaunch of the school’s web pages, will be introduced from the start of the next academic year, which begins this autumn on 1 September.
The university justified the move by saying it wanted to make the school “more recognisable for a wide range of industry partners, both in the UK and overseas”.
It also wanted to “showcase its expertise within the health and social care integration agenda”, said the university in a statement announcing the change.
Salford highlighted that, as well as nursing and midwifery, the school’s programmes included areas such as social policy, sociology and criminology, counselling, psychotherapy, and social work.
However, the university acknowledged that it was one of the largest educator of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in the North West.
Explaining its integration ambitions, Salford said it was set to play a “pivotal role” in the Devo Manc agenda – in which Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs will work with trusts and clinical commissioning groups to take control of the region’s health and social care budget.
Margaret Rowe, dean of the school, said: “This change of name has come about following analyses and consultation seeking to reflect the changing nature of the courses and professional training that is offered.
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“As we face the opportunities presented by the Greater Manchester Devolution project – following the election of the first metro mayor – the school seeks to develop closer partnerships with our industry partners and be a beacon in the developing world of health and society,” she said.
She added: “The name change will also make us more recognisable in our international collaborations and ensure that we are the school of choice for applicants seeking the best quality education in health and social care.”
The school of nursing and midwifery is based in the university’s Mary Seacole Building, which is home to college of health and social care.