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Glasgow nursing school secures short term survival

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A Glasgow nursing school that was threatened with closure looks set to remain open until at least 2013, due to a national review of nurse education in Scotland, it was announced last week.

The Nursing and Healthcare School at Glasgow University had been under threat of closure since February, as a part of wider proposals to cut costs. The university is facing a budget deficit of £35m over the next three years (news, page 6, 15 February).

However, the university’s governing body announced last week it would be postponing a final decision on the school’s future until the end of a national review into nursing education provision in Scotland.

The review, being led by chief nursing officer for Scotland Ros Moore, is not due to report its findings until spring 2012.

As a result the university has told the nursing school to continue as normal for now, and accept admissions for the academic year 2011-12 and 2012-13.

In a statement the school said staff and students were pleased with the decision to keep it open but acknowledged that “considerable challenges lie ahead” in “plotting a successful future”.

It had also campaigned vigorously against its proposed closure, enlisting the support of the Royal College of Nursing and local politicians. It held two protest days in March and handed a petition with over 2,200 signatures to university leaders on International Nurses Day.

The school employs 37 nurse educators and has around 300 students on bachelor of nursing degree courses and various post-graduate courses. It has been in the top 10 for nursing in The Times’ Good University Guide for the past three years.

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