Scottish Executive refuses to pay for graduate students
- By: Helen Barratt
The Scottish Executive is refusing to pay NHS bursaries for Scottish graduate students studying on the new fast track medical degree programmes in England. English and Welsh students studying on the four year courses at Cambridge, Oxford, Leicester Warwick, and St George's Hospital in London will be entitled to receive the bursaries in their final three years.
The situation arose after the introduction of the new programme at Leicester Warwick Medical School, one of several new medical faculties in the UK. Of the 64 students in the first year, two are from Wales and another two from Scotland. It became apparent that these four would not be entitled to the NHS bursaries. After consultation with the university the Welsh National Assembly agreed to pay, but the Scottish Executive maintained that it would not. English students on the fast track courses are entitled to a 100% student loan in their first