A female nurse checking the levels in an IV bag

News by the government that nursing students are to receive more funding in a bid to increase the number of nurses by 50,000 over the next five years has been welcomed by Edge Hill University.

The latest announcement comes after nursing bursaries were scrapped in England a few years ago in favour of loans.

It is hoped that the better financial offer will encourage more people train to become a nurse.

Edge Hill’s Deputy Director of Nursing Dr Kathryn Drury, said: “This funding is important as it means students will be assisted to attend those shifts on placements that are out of usual public transport timetables, the shifts overnight or the shifts when they need extra childcare; increased living costs that are not currently recognised in generic student finance systems.”

From September 2020 nursing students will receive an annual payment of at least £5,000, with some expected to receive £8,000 if, for instance, they specialise in some hard to recruit areas of nursing.

With further information to be released in the new year, the government has ensured the funding does not have to be repaid and students will still be able to access funding for tuition and maintenance.

In terms of what this means for future Edge Hill nursing students, Dr Drury said: “We’re delighted to see this increased support for our nurses and look forward welcoming potential students who may have felt that they couldn’t before commit to the profession previously.”

To read more about the nursing courses available, visit the Edge Hill University website.  

The UCAS university application deadline is 15 January 2020.