Postgraduate Education

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Julian Sturdy Julian Sturdy Conservative, York Outer

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to improve access to postgraduate funding.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

Government continues to provide funding to support postgraduate study of around £710 million per annum through Research Councils for postgraduate research students and through the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) towards the costs of postgraduate taught courses and supervision.

In addition, Government has created a new £75 million Postgraduate Support Fund that will be available in 2014/15 and 2015/16 to understand and address the barriers to entry into postgraduate education.

BIS and HEFCE jointly announced in July 2013, £25 million in 2014/15 for a Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) to pilot collaborative projects between Higher Education Institutions, industry and non-academic organisations to test different ways of financing postgraduate study, attracting students from less advantaged backgrounds, and in areas that support the Government's ambitions for economic growth.

After considering the findings from the PSS, Government will then reinvest £50 million in 2015/16, from the National Scholarship Programme, to support disadvantaged students' access postgraduate education.

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