GCU Saltire Scholars to study in US

22 December 2015

Saltire Scholars will visit New York's Nassau Community College

Saltire Scholars will visit New York's Nassau Community College

Nursing students have won Scottish Government funding to study at New York State’s Nassau Community College.

Six students have been awarded Saltire Scholarship Outward Mobility funding to study at the college’s Long Island campus and observe clinical practice in the community and in hospitals for two weeks.

Lecturer Alan Middleton will join the students, who are studying Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing. He will lecture Nassau students on the health needs of people with learning disabilities and give an overview of life at GCU. The students will give talks on health issues such as obesity and the NHS in Scotland.

Mr Middleton said: “We are delighted that GCU’s bid for Saltire Scholarship funding has been successful. The award will offer our students a wonderful opportunity to experience student life and observe a very different healthcare system. We hope that we will be able to further develop our relationship with Nassau.”

The students will be in the US from January 4 to 18 and had to undertake a rigorous selection process.

Student Amy Brown said: “We are all very excited by this invaluable opportunity, particularly as we will be able to observe how the health service operates in the US. We are looking forward to sharing our skills, values and experiences with Nassau students.”

The £11,700 award is one of three successful bids for Saltire Scholarships made by the School of Health and Life Sciences. The School was also awarded £10,000 to take biomedical students to Hong Kong for four months and to support student mentors for incoming HK students, and £10,000 to allow social work students to participate in a series of international welfare and social work events in Sweden.

Nine universities and one students’ association received grants totalling £143,000.

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance said: “The benefits of studying abroad are well documented - language skills, intercultural understanding, new ways of working and greater employment prospects are just a few - and I am delighted that this year we are providing more Outward Mobility Fund money than ever before.