“As graduate debt rises, it has been suggested that graduates will seek employment rather than further study”
Postgraduate scholarships are vital to support a ‘stream of excellence’, through which the brightest and best students can progress onto postgraduate studies at the University.
A recent survey of nearly 2,000 students on 130 university campuses showed that graduates are leaving university with about £4,000 debt for every year spent on a degree course.
Such debt affects student decisions about whether to pursue postgraduate study or a career, potentially removing further study as an option.
There is strong concern that that there will be a negative impact on students pursuing postgraduate study as a result of accumulated debt during undergraduate studies.
Supporting the postgraduate community at the University through scholarships is vital to maintain our very strong postgraduate community. This currently stands at 2,500 postgraduate research students and just over 5,300 postgraduate students on more than 350 taught programmes.
Support for postgraduates is a continuous need so that the next generation of researchers and specialists in their fields can be organically grown.
Postgraduate education is becoming an increasingly expensive step to take, and philanthropic support is therefore crucial to ensure it remains accessible for all.
- Maintaining our thriving and supported postgraduate community which adds to the University’s research output.
- Enabling the research breakthroughs of the future by supporting the next generation of researchers.
How you can help
Postgraduate studentships range from £20,000 upwards depending on the nature of the subject studied.
Match funding means that for every £3 donated to the University, the government will donate £1 until 2011; for further information contact Development Executive Phil Addy, tel: +44 (0)121 414 8641.