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Back in December, we told you about the new government grant available to nursing and midwifery students. We now have confirmation that this grant is being extended to Allied Health Professionals, which includes Nutrition and Dietetics; great news for everyone starting in September.

So what does this mean for you?

From September 2020, all Nutrition and dietetics students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, will receive a non-repayable and non-means-tested grant of £5,000 a year from the government. It is important to note that this grant does not impact on students’ access to tuition and maintenance loans from the Student Loans Company, rather, it is in addition to this, with funding not only available to those beginning their degree, but also current students who are continuing their studies.

The grant will be made available by the NHS Business Services Authority who will release further information about how to apply for the funding in due course. In the meantime, the most up to date available information for students contemplating health careers can be found on the Funding Clinic website

Dr Tom Butler, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Chester, said:

“As a Department, we welcome the introduction of the non-repayable grant from September 2020. We hope this will encourage more people to consider Dietetics as a career. The Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition has a strong pedigree of delivering dietetics programmes and producing high quality graduates in this area. We are always keen to hear from prospective students who wish to take that first step to becoming a Registered Dietitian.”

Why choose to study at the University of Chester?

You will be taught by experienced and enthusiastic staff who are committed to equipping students with the skills, knowledge, values and attitude they need to succeed. You will undertake a clinical placement in each year of study and take part in regular ward simulations, giving you the practical experience that future employers really value. Our course is Professional Body Regulated (PBR) by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so quality is assured, and our graduates are able to apply for registration as a Dietician with the HCPC.

For more information about our Nutrition and Dietetics courses, please see our website, or feel free to contact the department directly if you have any questions: clinicalsciences@chester.ac.uk

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