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Stop cuts to postgraduate funding

 Lauren Bryant 3 Apr 2018

I was working as a reporter when I began volunteering at a hospital and just fell in love with it. I knew that I wanted to become a nurse but without the bursary it would have just remained a dream.

I had worked hard to save money in my previous job hoping to one day buy a house. The bursary doesn’t cover everything and while I've had to heavily dip into my savings, it meant I didn’t have to completely deplete everything I'd worked for and come out of my nursing degree with nothing. 

I know that many of my course mates feel the same. Nursing generally attracts more mature students, especially on the postgrad diploma, who are more likely to have other financial commitments and responsibilities. It simply wouldn’t have been feasible for many of them to go back to studying without the financial support.   

When I first heard about the plans to remove the post-graduate bursary, I couldn’t believe it. When they removed the undergraduate funding, it was pitched as a way to increase available training spots and therefore boost numbers. However, that has failed spectacularly. Student nurse numbers haven’t increased as promised by the Government and, over the last two years, applications to nursing courses have fallen by 33%.

Removing this funding is a short-sighted decision which threatens the future supply of nurses. The RCN is calling on the Government to immediately stop plans to cut this post-graduate funding while a review of post-18 education is carried out. 

Find out more and join us to safeguard investment in other future nurses like me by asking your MP to sign the early day motion (EDM) opposing the cut. 

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Lauren Bryant

Lauren is an RCN student member, currently studying for a PGDip in adult nursing at King's College, London.

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