Increased demand prompts mental health course expansion

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Student numbers in Kirkcaldy are set to swell after the University of Dundee announced plans to expand one of its most popular nursing programmes.

The University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences expects numbers at its dedicated campus in the Fife town to increase by around 10% after confirming the expansion of its Mental Health Nursing BSc course.

The subject is already taught at the University’s campus in Dundee, however, increased demand from prospective students means the programme will now also be delivered in Kirkcaldy from September 2020.

Pictured: Kirkcaldy campus lecture theatre

Professor Lynn Kilbride, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, said, “Society is becoming more aware of mental health issues and consequently we are seeing an increase in the demand for our Mental Health Nursing BSc qualification from individuals who would like to help address these.

“Therefore, we are delighted to announce the introduction of this course at Kirkcaldy, which will mirror the world-class education already provided at our campus in Dundee and allow more student nurses to fulfil their professional ambitions.

“It is good news for students based in Fife, who will no longer have to travel to Dundee for their studies, while this announcement will also benefit the town of Kirkcaldy, with our increased student numbers contributing to the town’s economy.”

Approximately 300 students study at the Kirkcaldy campus, which became affiliated to the University in 1996. With a sister campus in Dundee, the University offers placements for its students throughout Scotland and overseas, with further postgraduate learning opportunities available to ensure that all students maximise their potential.

Welcoming the announcement, Councillor Neil Crooks, chair of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said, “This is great news for Kirkcaldy and an excellent opportunity for local recruitment.

The campus sits right outside our railway station and five minutes away from the High Street, so our businesses should benefit as well.
“I am acutely aware of the growing impact of mental health related illness and the stresses which are attached. The University course is timely and very welcome.”

 
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