A £5,000 annual grant will be provided on top of existing support, with an additional £3,000 of further support available for eligible students

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The Government has confirmed new financial support arrangements for undergraduate and pre-registration postgraduate healthcare students, including diagnostic radiography, therapeutic radiography, and speech and language therapy students, as well as nursing and midwifery students (previously confirmed in December 2019).

This latest announcement confirms that those applying to study nursing, midwiferyradiography or speech and language therapy courses at City from September 2020 will receive a non-means tested grant of at least £5,000 a year.

The funding will also be available to all continuing degree-level students already on these courses from September 2020. The grant will not have to be repaid and students will also be able to continue to access funding for tuition and maintenance loans from the Student Loans Company.

City courses benefiting from the £5,000 grant:

The Government has also announced additional funding of up to £3,000 for eligible healthcare students, which it has outlined as follows:

  • £1,000 towards childcare costs
  • £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit
  • £1,000 if they're a new student studying a shortage specialism important to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan

Confirmed shortage specialisms attracting the additional £1,000 support at City are:

Commenting on this latest announcement, Professor Debra Salmon, Dean at the School of Health Sciences, City, University of London said:

We welcome the news that there is extra funding available for our radiography and speech and language therapy students, in addition to the earlier announcement of support for nurses and midwives. It’s a great time to study for a profession in healthcare, with a range of exciting careers available on completion of one of our courses. London is a fantastic place to study, with its range of placement opportunities in world-famous hospitals and healthcare facilities. At City you will get lots of support and encouragement to help you excel in your chosen specialism, and the opportunity to enter a rewarding profession.

As part of the announcement, Minister for Public Health Jo Churchill said:

“From paramedics to physiotherapists, radiographers to speech and language therapists, our talented allied health professionals are the third largest workforce in the NHS and support people to live better lives.

“As demand grows, we need more of the best and brightest to join our NHS. I want those who would relish the job of saving people’s lives as a paramedic or diagnosing cancer as a radiographer to come forward to train, taking advantage of this fantastic new £5,000 support package.”

For more information on the funding see the NHS Learning Support Fund webpage, which includes some frequently asked questions (FAQs).

The Council of Deans for Health also provides a Funding Clinic which is updated regularly, and provides advice for prospective students as well as for those currently studying.

To learn more about studying to become a healthcare professional at City, or to find out more visit the School of Health Sciences courses webpage.