Nursing education in England became more racially diverse following the removal of the bursary, according to new analysis by the education regulator.
In the first academic year following the controversial funding reform, the number of students from ethnic minority backgrounds starting a pre-registration nursing degree increased by 4% compared to the previous year.
“When you the remove cap you allow those from disadvantaged backgrounds to come into the system”
However, this rise was not enough to outstrip the 16% decline in white students seen over the same period, found the Office for Students (OfS).
Overall, the number of people starting nursing courses dropped by 11% between 2016-17 and 2017-18.
The figures were laid out by the OfS in a new report released today looking at the short-term effect of the government’s decision to scrap the bursary for pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional (AHP) students.
Source: Bursary reform mainly hurt white mature students, report show : Nursing Times