Login

  • SU Directory
  • Trading
  • NUS Extra

News

NUS and Centre Forum call for PG loans

No ratings yet. Log in to rate.

Cutting emissions cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Centre Forum published their report on postgraduate funding and access today, which has already received huge media coverage in the papers and is becomming a hot topic for education buffs on twitter and facebook.

NUS contributed two chapters to the report and, alongside Centre Forum, criticised the current funding model for postgraduate study and again called for a govenment-backed student loan scheme for masters level qualifications.  

Centre Forum opened the report by describing postgraduate funding as an 'exclusive golf club', identifying the damage to social mobility caused by a lack of access to finance. Like NUS, Centre Forum claim that the current system of paying fees upfront, coupled with a severely limited supply of funding, is cutting off access to postgradaute study to a large proportion of potential students.

Rachel Wenstone, NUS Vice President Higher Education, stated on the launch of the report that students 'increasingly have to be extremely rich, extremely lucky, or take an extreme gamble, taking on dangerous levels of debt, to take a master's in this country'.

The report strongly criticises the current Professional Career Development Loans (PCDLs) as an option, calling for the scheme to be scrapped, climing that they are too hard to obtain and the interest and repayments hugely unfavourable.

NUS have been calling for a three-tier loan system, which was proposed last November in their publication of Steps towards a fairer system of postgraduate taught funding in England. Like Centre Forum, NUS propose a government-backed scheme of income-contingent loans to provide students with finance to pay for their fees and contribute towards maintenance. The Centre Forum proposals are for a holistic loan system, whilst NUS recommend bringing in professional bodies and employers to encourage access to the professions for unrepresented groups and better part-time career development options.

There were several other contributions to the report, including ways of providing better access to PGR courses, put forward by the British Academy and Russell Group.

The report also made a convincing case on the positive contribution that postgraduates make to the economy and wider society. The economic argument is presented by Dr. Joanne Lindley of the University of Surrey and Prof. Stephen Machin of LSE. They argue that increasing access to postgraduate study can stimulate growth and lower inequality.

Goverment has already welcomed the report, but it is important that pressure is put on them to take action. NUS are continuing their "Postgraduate Champions" campaign, which aims to get MPs and VCs to agree to take forward plans to improve postgraduate funding. There have already been a number of signaturies from around the country. NUS hope that more will sign after reading the convincing case in this report.

To take part in the Postgraduate Champions campaign, visit our facebook page, or download the materials from the website.

Comments

No comments have been made. Please log in to comment.
 
Some features of this site - including article viewing - require javascript enabled.
You must be logged in to view this article - Login now

Share

Latest in campaigns

Response to the Welsh Government’s announcement on post-compulsory education and training review

Students demand sustainability, stability and credibility for the Welsh system - and any move towards a better-organised sector, with deeper collaboration between all forms of post-16 education, should be welcomed.

 
Ymateb i gyhoeddiad Llywodraeth Cymru ynglyn ag adolygiad addysg a hyfforddiant ôl-orfodol

Mae myfyrwyr yn mynnu i'r system Gymreig fod yn gynaliadwy, yn sefydlog ac yn gredadwy - a dylid croesawu unrhyw symud at sector fwy cyfundrefol sydd â mwy o gydweithredu ymysg pob math o addysg ôl-16

 
Syniadau, profiadau a heriau: Cynhadledd Partneriaeth i Gymru 2015

Cynhaliodd Wise Cymru ei ail Gynhadledd Partneriaeth i Gymru flynyddol yng Nghastell-nedd ddydd Mercher 3 Mehefin.

 
Ideas, experiences and challenges: Wise Wales Partnership for Wales Conference 2015

Wise Wales held its second annual Partnership for Wales Conference in Neath on Wednesday 3 June.

 
Datganiad ar ddyfodol cymuned Gymraeg Neuadd Pantycelyn ym Mhrifysgol Aberystwyth

Yn sgil datblygiadau diweddar ym Mhrifysgol Aberystwyth, mae Llywydd UCM Cymru yn galw ar y brifysgol i fuddsoddi mewn llety cyfrwng-Cymraeg cynaliadwy ac ansawdd uchel.

 
Statement on the future of the Welsh language community of Pantycelyn at Aberystwyth University

In light of recent developments at Aberystwyth University, the President of NUS Wales is calling on the university to invest in sustainable, high quality Welsh-medium student accommodation.

 
 

Latest news

Students’ Unions Local – Coming to a town near you!

We are delighted to inform you of our upcoming Students’ Union Local events. These specially designed one-day events have been created to meet the needs of officers and staff in students’ unions.

 
Charity fundraising partner Student Adventures goes into administration

It has come to our attention that recently that a charity fundraising partner used by many Students’ Unions, Student Adventures, has gone into liquidation and is ceasing to trade.

 
University students warned to stay vigilant amidst suspected mobile phone fraud

The National Mobile Phone Crime Unit (NMPCU) has launched an investigation into a suspected mobile phone fraud targeting students at universities across the UK.

 
NUS criticises ‘Know Your Limits’ rape poster campaign

NUS has expressed huge concern today at the ‘Know Your Limits’ recent poster campaign to tackle rape. The poster points out that in a third of reported rapes the victim had been drinking and warns people to monitor their alcohol consumption. It is available for download on the Home Office website and has been sighted in NHS premises.

 
'You Never Know Your Luck' by Fred Jarvis

Former NUS President and General Secretary of NUT, Fred Jarvis, has published his memoirs reflecting on his lifelong campaigning for education. Find out where to buy here

 
NUS Awards 2014

Through expert training, support and knowledge students’ unions and NUS together continue to build a national movement that champions the rights of students – shaping the future of education and changing the communities we live in.

 
 

Most Read

Trending/Most Shared articles

 

Recent Comments