NUS to lobby UK government over graduate medics’ fee support
- By: Neil Chanchlani
The National Union of Students (NUS) has a mandate to lobby the UK government to provide more support for graduate medical and dental students on five year courses.
The motion to increase support and access for graduate students on a five year course passed unanimously in April at the NUS National Conference 2013, which was attended by over 730 delegates composed of representatives from almost every UK university and college.
The conference resolved that student unions under the NUS should lobby the government to discuss plans to increase support for medical and dental graduate students admitted onto five year programmes, in particular the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the secretary of state.
Currently, about 10-15% of students on five year medical school courses in the UK already have a first degree. They are not entitled to the same tuition and maintenance loans as those pursuing their first degree,