Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students are set to benefit from the UK government's recent announcement that bursaries will be available from September 2020 for students on eligible nursing and allied health courses.
The funding of £5,000 each year will be in addition to standard student support, and will help both new students and continuing students with living costs. Unlike student loans, the bursary will not need to be paid back. And some students could be eligible for a further £3,000 each year for childcare and for where the government has identified its highest priorities.
The announcement was made last month, and further details about the support, including eligibility, are expected shortly from the UK government website.
The news is welcomed by Professor Paul Hellewell, Brunel University London's Vice-Provost and Dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences: "Health students are vital to the future of the NHS and to the healthcare of the nation. This financial support is a recognition of the important work they do on challenging and rewarding education programmes, and of their value as future practitioners.
"I hope this announcement will encourage more students to the in-demand allied health professions, reducing their financial pressure and increasing their enjoyment of studying these subjects."
Occupational Therapy at Brunel is ranked 1st in London and 14th in the UK*, while Physiotherapy is ranked 2nd in London and 17th in the UK**.
Find out more about Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy at Brunel University London.
*Guardian University Guide 2020
**Complete University Guide 2020
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