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Earn while you learn for health-care students

06.07.2006
Sheffield Hallam University has welcomed the Government's move to increase bursaries by 2.5 per cent for nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students.

Sheffield Hallam is the second largest trainer of nursing and midwifery students in the UK, after recently signing a contract to train all pre-registration nursing and midwifery students in South Yorkshire, at both degree and advanced diploma level.

The increase will mean that students eligible for the non means tested NHS bursary could receive up to £7030 per year, plus other allowances depending on their circumstances. These students also have their tuition fees paid in full by the NHS.

Professor Linda Lang, Acting Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield said, "The bursaries for health care students play an essential role in allowing as many young people as possible to fulfil their ambitions to work in the NHS. For many students they make the difference between being able to continue with their education and having to get a job.

"The intensive nature of these courses means that students need this support during their studies and the extra financial support, alongside the fact that these students have their tuition fees paid by the NHS, means that we continue to benefit from having the best and brightest students applying to nursing, midwifery and allied health professional courses.

"The ageing profile of nurses and other health professionals means that we will increasingly rely on the new intake of professionals in the future, and offering the right financial support is essential in attracting them into the profession."

Lorna Branton | alfa
Further information:
http://www.shu.ac.uk

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