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Terms and conditions 2023

First year student membership: limited promotion

Terms and conditions: Autumn 2023 RCN first year student membership promotion

For the first year of RCN student membership, a 100% discount against the payment plan is offered for a limited time at limited sites (outlined below).

This is a one-time-only discount, and the promotion is valid for first-year students on a three-year degree who join the RCN as a student member between midnight 30 August 2023 – 23.59pm on 31st May 2024 and meet the eligibility criteria.

Direct debit details will be requested when new, first-year students from participating regions and universities join the RCN.

After the first-year free membership has been completed, transfer to the full student payment plan (currently 84p per month) will be automatic upon transition from first to second year of study, based on the training completion date supplied by the member. The direct debit details supplied when joining will be used to collect the monthly student membership payment from year 2 and onwards.

You can cancel your membership at any stage.

Eligibility for the first-year student membership promotion:

  1. First-year student, studying on a three year course that will lead to registration with the NMC as a Nurse or Midwife

  1. Meet the student membership criteria as outlined here

  1. Those studying at the universities in the three UK regions listed below

  1. Valid for those who join between 30 August 2023 – 31st May 2024

  1. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer

    Those on a return to practice course are not currently eligible for the offer.


  • University of South Wales

  • Swansea University

  • Aberystwyth University

  • Cardiff University 

  • Bangor University 

  • Glyndwr University, Wrexham

  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David

West Midlands

  • University of Birmingham

  • Birmingham City University

  • University College Birmingham

  • Aston University 

  • Newman University

  • Coventry University

  • University of Wolverhampton

  • University of Worcester

  • Staffordshire University

  • Keele University

  • University of Chester, Shrewsbury Campus (Shrewsbury Campus only)


  • Northumbria University 

  • University of Sunderland

  • University of Cumbria

  • University of Teesside

Please do not share this promotion with students attending other universities as the discount will only be applied to students at participating universities. This promotion will run between 30 August - 30 November 2023.

For more information:

  1. Don't qualify for the free year? No problem, we have membership options starting from as little as 84p per month. View our membership rates outside of the promotion listed above: 

  1. Further information on the RCN's Membership Policies and Processes can be found on our governance documents page. This page includes links to information on our royal charter, standing orders, regulations, policies and processes that ensure effective governance within our organisation.

Page last updated - 16/01/2024