Magee nurses among best in UK

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Nurses trained in Derry are among the best in the UK, the profession’s regulatory body has confirmed.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) ranked the School of Nursing at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus as being in the top 4% of education institutions providing training for nurses and midwives.

Professor Owen Barr, Head of Ulster’s School of Nursing since 2007, said the NMC results confirmed that the quality of teaching across the university was first class.

“The NMC defines ‘outstanding’ as ‘exceptional and consistently high performance’, with examples of effective practice which is innovative and worthy of dissemination and emulation by other programme providers.

“The School of Nursing performed exceptionally well in the last UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) with 100% of nursing research classified as being of international quality and 20% of world class,” he said.

Two undergraduate Pre Registration Programmes are currently offered by the School of Nursing: BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) and BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health).

Last year, the University of Ulster also announced that the number of student nurses at Magee will be increased as part of the planned academic expansion at the campus.