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Funding Postgraduate Study in the UK: issues of widening participation and sustainability

Friday, 24 April 2015


Gill Clarke (UKCGE and University of Oxford)
Tony Strike (University of Sheffield)
Paul Wakeling and Sally Hancock (University of York)

Brook Storer-Church (Policy Adviser for Postgraduate Policy and Project Manager for the Postgraduate Support Scheme at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

The Postgraduate Support Scheme, launched recently and funded by HEFCE, offers targeted support for students progressing to postgraduate taught education. The seminar will explore initially, led by Tony Strike (University of Sheffield), what specific schemes for using funds are proving to be successful in encouraging historically under-represented groups of students to progress into the postgraduate level.  Paul Wakeling and Sally Hancock (University of York) will then explore the characteristics and perceptions of those both who do and do not progress.

HEFCE is also monitoring progression into research study in the UK and published two reports in September, one highlighting the undergraduate funding system and the postgraduate taught level as factors, and the other on internationally comparative research on quality, access and employment outcomes in taught and research postgraduate education.  Gill Clarke (UKCGE and University of Oxford), as co-author of one of the reports, will explore the research study dimension in comparison to the taught level.

The final session of the seminar will invite a short response to the previous sessions from a representative of a study body, followed by a discussion with the speakers as a panel.  In light of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's 2014 Autumn Statement plan to extend the student loan scheme selectively to taught Master's study, and with the General Election imminent, the background discussion questions will be:

  • what policy on funding will support fair access to postgraduate taught and research study?  and
  • what system will be sustainable, to ensure adequate student numbers and the health of UK universities?  

Network: Postgraduate Issues
Date(s): Friday, 24 April 2015
Times: 12.00 - 16.30
Location: SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE
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Gill Clarke, University of Oxford
Tony Strike, University of Sheffield
Paul Wakeling & Sally Hancock, University of York
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