Welcome for increase in Abertay biomedical bursaries

20 August 2009

Marlyn Glen has welcomed news that 17 bursaries were awarded to biomedical students at Abertay University in the last university session to encourage them to work in the NHS after graduation.

In 2007-08, the number of biomedical bursaries awarded was 10.

Ms. Glen said,

"This three year pilot scheme was launched by the previous Scottish Executive at Abertay University in November 2005.

"It offers biomedical science students an annual bursary worth £2,000 to work in the NHS after graduating.

" It is open to third and fourth year students who can become state-registered during their degree studies, and so saving themselves an extra year of training on graduation.

" The work of biomedical scientists is very important in the diagnosis and treatment of patientsí conditions in hospital.

" These bursaries should provide a significant incentive for students and a boost for the NHS."


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