Male Student Nurses will be eligible for a new bursary to help address the ‘growing gender imbalance’ in nursing courses.
Following the final withdrawal of the NHS Bursary in England, The University of Coventry has announced the availability of £30,000 fund to financially assist 10 male students in subjects where they are under-represented, including; nursing, physiotherapy, midwifery, occupational therapy and dietetics.
Funded by the National Express Foundation Group, – the bursary will give 10 men £1,000 in each year of their degree to assist with the costs of living and studying.
According to the official figures from the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), men accounted for just 10 per cent of the total nursing students at UK universities. In 2016, only 2,800 men were accepted onto a course, compared with 26,000 women.
Following the removal of the NHS Bursary, the total number of student nurses fell dramatically.
Rob James, Academic Dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Coventry University, said:
“We support all initiatives taking positive action to address unequal gender representation in any subject discipline, and this bursary does so across healthcare training”.
“While there’s lots being done nationally – and at Coventry – to encourage women into sciences and engineering we hope this new initiative will lead the way in addressing the persistent low proportion of men working in many healthcare professions”.
The new funding is believed to be the first bursary created specifically for men taking nursing and healthcare courses in UK higher education.