Health educators in Scotland welcome bursary announcement

11 October 2018

The Council of Deans of Health Scotland has welcomed the announcement by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, of a staged increase in bursaries for nursing and midwifery students to £10,000 by 2020-2021. 

Professor Fiona Coutts, Convener of the Council which is the voice of education and research for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in Scotland’s universities, said: 

“The increase to the bursary for nursing and midwifery students is welcome in supporting the development of the future nursing and midwifery workforce, we look forward to hearing more of the detail. It is important that universities are fully involved in this process and that information about levels of financial support are available in time for the current recruitment cycle”. 

The announced changes will not affect allied health professions students who receive loans. 

Professor Coutts said: 

“It is vital that we do not overlook the key role that the allied health professions play in delivering the healthcare service that Scotland requires and that we see adequate support to encourage the growth in student numbers for these professions”. 



  1. Council of Deans of Health Scotland is the independent and strategic voice of education and research for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in Scotland’s universities.
  2. For more information on this press release contact Jon Eames, 07496 693806

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