A children’s nursing degree programme has become the latest to receive the greenlight to run at a new university opening in Peterborough next month.
The pre-registration programme adds to a list of health and care courses to be offered at the new Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Peterborough, including adult nursing, midwifery and public health, when it opens to students in September.
“We can provide a local route to qualification and employment for people who want to work as paediatric nurses”
ARU Peterborough is a partnership between Anglia Ruskin University, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Peterborough City Council, and includes purpose-built nursing skills labs and simulation areas.
Work has been underway since 2020 to prepare several courses at the incoming higher education institution.
The university has this month announced it has now received approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council to offer a pre-registration degree programme in children’s nursing.
Dr Esther Norton, assistant principal responsible for health courses at the new university, said: “I’m delighted that our hard-working team have successfully achieved this important milestone.
“We have benefitted greatly from the ongoing support of [Anglia Ruskin University], who have a long and successful record of delivering health courses across the East of England.”
She added: “Nursing really is a job for life and our graduates, 100% of whom are employed within six months of graduation, are much in demand and pursue rewarding careers in a variety of fields.”
Meanwhile, Professor Ross Renton, ARU Peterborough principal, added: “The validation of the child nursing degree by the Nursing and Midwifery Council means we can provide a local route to qualification and employment for people who want to work as paediatric nurses.”
He explained that the new university was “established with the aim of increasing opportunities for young people in and around the city, which has long been a higher education ‘cold spot’”.