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First nursing students start at Aberystwyth University

Nursing at Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University’s first ever nursing students will begin their studies today (Monday 5 September).

The development has been hailed as a major boost for the health service, especially in mid Wales.

The arrival of the students follows a Health Education and Improvement Wales decision to award a contract to Aberystwyth University to educate both adult and mental health nurses.

The new degree courses also offer students the opportunity to study up to half of their course through the medium of Welsh.

Aberystwyth University Vice-Chancellor Professor Elizabeth Treasure commented:

“It is wonderful to welcome our first nursing students here. Supporting the community needs, in close co-operation with our key stakeholders, is central to our civic mission; and starting nursing education here is an important part of that.

“This is a boost for our NHS; benefitting the recruitment and retention of nurses both locally and regionally. It also has the potential to inspire new models of healthcare delivery which will be of benefit to everyone. Our plans will also make an important contribution to enhancing mental health and Welsh-medium provision locally and beyond.

“A big thanks goes to everyone who has been a part of developing our plans. We are very grateful for the consistent support of our partners, including the local health boards and Ceredigion County Council, without whom this would not have been possible.”

Professor Treasure added:

“Educating both adult and mental health nurses is a very important development for our growing University. Over the years ahead, our ambition is to play an even bigger role in educating healthcare professionals. Given everyone’s experiences over recent years, there is perhaps no more important time to prioritise investing in the next generation of talented young people who will be responsible for the welfare of us all.”

Nursing education at the University has been developed with the support of a number of partners, including Hywel Dda, Betsi Cadwaladr and Powys local health boards as well as service users and carers.

Chris Jones, Chair of Health Education and Improvement Wales said:

“Health Education and Improvement Wales is delighted to welcome students to Aberystwyth University’s first ever pre-registration nursing education programme.

“The development and introduction of this programme with the university and NHS Wales has been a significant achievement, reflecting the importance of widening access and delivering high quality healthcare education in communities across Wales. These nursing students will be equipped with skills and experience to meet the needs of rural populations; deliver safe, effective and quality care; and enable them to embark on successful and fulfilling career opportunities here in Wales.

“We look forward to working with all our Welsh universities, NHS Wales, primary and community care and other stakeholders in progressing and enhancing these new and modern ways of delivering education to secure the workforce which meets the healthcare needs of the people of Wales.”