City is one of ten higher education partners from across London which will host outreach activity during the Spring and Summer terms of 2020.

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Launched this month, the CUREate programme aims to attract creative graduates into London’s postgraduate health courses. The programme is the first of its kind, and is being piloted in London where 35,000 people each year are enrolled in creative undergraduate courses.

The CUREate programme is led by London Higher and the University of East London. CUREate involves ten higher education partners from across London, including City, University of London, that will host local outreach activity during the spring and summer terms of 2020. These activities will be developed by a team of students from health and creative disciplines in partnership with a faculty mentor.

The project also highlights nearly 50 postgraduate health courses in London open to creative graduate entry, spanning nursing, midwifery and seven allied health professions, and includes the following postgraduate courses at City:

With the following undergraduate courses many graduates also take:

Students on all the above City courses will also benefit from new non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 from September 2020, as part of a wider announcement by the Government that students across a range of healthcare professions will benefit from the new funding.

Nikita Franks Williams, student in Children's Nursing at City

Nikita Franks Williams is a singer-songwriter, actor, project manager at a support group for people with sickle-cell anaemia, and a student in Children's Nursing at City, University of London. She said:

Art heals. For me, writing songs and singing and dancing has all been a means of expression, I chose to do this nursing course to support me with that.

Watch Nikita and dancer and University of East London student, Hany, talk about why they're pursuing healthcare studies:

Julie Attenborough, Associate Dean, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the School of Health Sciences, City, University of London shared:

“City, University of London recognises the potential of creative arts graduates to be amazing healthcare professionals. Our post graduate speech and language and nursing courses welcome applications from these graduates who bring a different perspective to our programmes, enriching the lives of the patients and clients they work with.“

CUREate Project Manager, Lydia Dye-Stonebridge said:

“The central premise of CUREate is that creative students already have many of the core skills needed to deliver high-quality care and shape health at a time of transformation. Outreach for accelerated postgraduate courses, however, has almost exclusively been focussed on those with science backgrounds. CUREate’s aim is to challenge that bias and engage in new ways.”

Nicola Turner, Head of Sector Practice at the Office for Students said:

“Many healthcare disciplines offer qualification pathways at postgraduate levels, including nursing, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy. These are fantastic careers that offer very high employability while making a difference to people’s lives every day. The Office for Students is delighted to fund this project which will raise awareness of these disciplines among creative students who may not realise that their transferrable skills are highly valuable in healthcare and that these opportunities could be for them. I look forward to seeing how this project develops and particularly to the students’ engagement and feedback as this has the potential to be extended to other regions if successful.”

The CUREate project will run as a pilot until August 2020, with key findings available in the late part of the year.

Find out more

For further information about the CUREate Programme contact Programme Manager at London Higher, Lydia Dye-Stonebridge.

For further information on all City’s School of Health Sciences undergraduate and postgraduate courses, visit the School course pages.

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