Responding to the government’s emergency legislation, which included an announcement on nursing students and allied health profession students being asked to support the NHS amid the coronavirus outbreak, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said:
“The UK’s universities play a crucial role in the nation’s health and wellbeing – from training the next generation of health professionals to the life-saving research carried out in our laboratories – and we are committed to supporting the national effort to protect and serve the public and local communities during these unprecedented times.
“These are exceptional measures for exceptional circumstances, and universities will do everything they can to support those health students who are ready to work in the NHS ahead of their graduation. Right now universities and professional bodies are working with government, the regulators and the NHS to ensure that students are protected, prepared and are clear about the expectations upon them.”
Notes to editors
Universities UK is the collective voice of 136 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to create the conditions for UK universities to be the best in the world; maximising their positive impact locally, nationally and globally. Universities UK acts on behalf of universities, represented by their heads of institution. Visit: www.universitiesuk.ac.uk