10/05/2017: Due to the political "Purdah" or silencing of public bodies during an election campaign, and because parliament has now been dissolved, a decision on your bursaries will now have to wait until a new government is formed after the general election. The Department of Health have responded directly to inform us of this.
Letter from Department of Health
The University has said they are currently securing all potentially returning students placements for the coming year. This is because if your bursary's are granted, then they will need to ensure you have placements. However as of yesterday they had still heard nothing more about it from HEE.
The Dean Jan Williams yesterday assured MDX-NSOC that the University was ready to support students to return as best they can, however until they know what is happening, "we are all limited in what we can do".
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12/05/2017: The Head of education and training at HEE, Sue Ambler, has today confirmed that due to the restrictions on government bodies during election times they are unable to fully respond to student concerns however, she did say:
we are continuing to work with the HEI's (Universities) and the NHS BSA Bursary team to handle individual cases where students are seeking to re-join or temporarily leave programmes for reasons that are not set out in guidance already produced on government web sites. So despite the election individual students will be dealt with in the coming weeks.
MDX-NSOC have also been in touch with the RCN regarding this issue. The RCN has responded to say that the head of RCN London, and the RCN Director for England have had this issue escalated to them.
WHAT NOW? Ensure that you have all your contact details up-to-date on your NHS Bursary BOSS account and that you're applications have been submitted.