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Fergal McFerran welcomes commitment on nursing and midwifery bursaries

Wednesday 19-10-2016 - 16:03

NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran has welcomed the commitment made by Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill, that bursary support for nursing and midwifery students would continue. NUS-USI has done much working to try ensure that nursing and midwifery support is retained and carried out detailed research on student finance in our Pound In Your Pocket research which involved nursing and midwifery, as well as other students.

President of NUS-USI, Fergal McFerran, said: “This is very significant and positive news for nursing and midwifery students here.

“Nursing and midwifery students play a major role in the health service, and they provide important support to the health service in the long work placements that they take part in. Many nursing and midwifery students also find it very difficult making ends.

“NUS-USI’s Pound In Your Pocket student finance research findings were that, of the students surveyed, nursing and midwifery students were:

  • More likely to be older – four in ten nursing and midwifery students are over 25, compared to 17 per cent of students on other courses
  • More likely to be women – nine in ten nursing and midwifery students identify in this way, compared to around two thirds of students on other courses
  • More likely to have caring responsibilities for someone under the age of 18 – almost a quarter of nursing and midwifery students have these responsibilities, compared to eight per cent of students on other courses

“This research also found that out of all students surveyed, nursing and midwifery students are more likely to consider leaving their course than students on other courses. It’s absolutely crucial that they continue to have robust financial support in the form of bursaries.

“It is extremely positive that this commitment to continue nursing and midwifery student bursaries has been made, and this will come as very good news for students on these courses and people hoping to study these courses in future.”

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