Student funding in England: RCSLT consultation response and next steps
During 2016, the Department of Health held a public consultation regarding changes to student funding in England. The document consulted on the Government’s plans to withdraw the NHS bursary for nursing, midwifery and allied health students and move students to the same student loans system as other students.
The RCSLT worked closely with staff in higher education institutions on our consultation response and used the findings of our student survey and direct member feedback to inform our policy position on the reforms.
Due to the overwhelming response we've received from members on this issue, we've produced three documents:
- Policy statement on the changes - short briefing outlining our key areas of concern.
- Supporting paper on the changes - more detailed document which summarises members’ feedback.
- RCSLT’s consultation response on the changes - a summary of concerns raised in the aforementioned documents, which was submitted to the Department of Education via their online portal.
The Department of Health issued the first part of its response to the consultation in July 2016; the second part of the response has not been published yet.
The RCSLT is continuing to engage with key external stakeholders regarding implementation of the reforms. We are engaged with staff at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This is a non-departmental public body which funds and regulates universities and colleges in England. It is responsible for allocating additional teaching grants (extra financial support) to nursing, midwifery and allied health profession courses.
For information about the funding available for individual students please see our financial information for speech and language therapy students.