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Brighton University announces new nursing bursaries

The University of Brighton has created two new £1,000 bursaries to support nurses' learning and improve care for patients.

The news comes as the Willis Commission ruled the move to more academic training for nurses was not only “desirable” but “essential”.

The university's School of Nursing and Midwifery said it will award the bursaries each year to support undergraduate continuous professional education nursing students who want to undertake the dissertation module of their course.

The awards are intended to “support and nurture ambition, individual endeavour and enterprise, and for winners to use the opportunity to develop the profession and improve care for patients.”

An anonymous benefactor is helping to finance the bursaries.

“These awards will not simply be given to the best students, but to those with a personal ambition and drive to improve care and who can maximise the benefits that the award can provide,” said Professor Shirley Bach, head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

“[The awards] are especially important now as all newly qualified nurses will need to hold a full undergraduate degree.”