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RCN Scotland comment on UCAS nursing numbers in Scotland

5 Apr 2018

Figures published by UCAS today have shown that the number of applicants for nursing courses in Scotland has remained consistent over recent years despite significant drops in the numbers applying for course in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Commenting on the report, Ellen Hudson, RCN Scotland Associate Director said: 

“It’s good to see the level of interest in nursing courses in Scotland has been maintained. The Scottish Government’s commitment to the bursary has contributed to ensuring that nursing is still an attractive choice for students in Scotland but this is not enough. 

"We know we need to train more nurses and we know that, despite the bursary, financial pressures still play a significant part in the ability of students to apply for and complete their nursing studies. Following on from the independent student support review and the Chief Nursing Officer’s commission for widening access, we will be working with the Scottish Government to look at the options available and pressing them to improve the financial support for Scotland’s nursing students.”