A university in the capital has announced a new scholarship scheme for postgraduates wanting to study nursing, in the wake of the government’s scrapping of bursaries in England.
As reported last month by Nursing Times, postgraduate pre-registration nursing and midwifery students in England will no longer receive bursaries to cover their tuition fees and living costs.
From August 2018, new postgraduate students will be required to take out loans to pay for their training, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.
The move, which follows the high profile scrapping of bursaries for undergraduates, has been labelled as “short-sighted” by the Royal College of Nursing.
City, University of London has now announced that it is offering a new scholarship to students applying for a postgraduate pre-registration course in nursing or speech and language therapy.
It will be offered across the education provider’s Adult, Child, Mental health and the combined Adult and Mental Health Nursing programmes.
The £4,450 scholarship is available for those who “demonstrate either clinical or academic excellence”, it noted.
“They will provide support for those looking to start their journey into healthcare via the postgraduate route”
Clinical scholarships are awarded for evidence of 500 hours of clinical practice in health care and academic scholarships are awarded for a first class honours degree, said the university.
It added that the scholarships are open to students starting courses in September 2018 and will offer students support for their studies.
Further details about the postgraduate pre-registration scholarships will be provided during the application process, it said.
Professor Debra Salmon, dean of the university’s school of health sciences, said: “We’re delighted to offer these new scholarships in the school, as they will provide support for those looking to start their journey into healthcare via the postgraduate route.”