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Postgraduate students feel overlooked

Postgraduate students feel overlooked | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many postgraduate students struggle to meet their living costs and do not believe the current funding system works.

Postgraduate students feel marginalised and worried about finances, according to a report by Unite, the student accommodation provider.

Their financial situation is a key contributing factor to their feeling of being overlooked, the survey of 810 postgraduate students finds.

Only 22% feel the current funding system works. Nine out of 10 say they would prefer the sort of tuition-fee loan system that applies to undergraduates. (...) by Libby Page and Abby Young-Powell, The Guardian, 11 June 2014

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Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, July 13, 7:42 AM

may be the topic is yet a bit far to come, here in Italy ... but "meeting living costs" sounds very actual, in crisis time, here too.

The difference? Many still thinks that things may change back ...

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Student debt rising

US postgraduate-student debt continues to escalate.

Education debt owed by US holders of master's degrees in science is snowballing, says a report from the New America Foundation, a non-profit public-policy group in Washington DC. Half of the graduates owed at least US36,000 in 2012, up 28 from 2008 levels. One-tenth owed 92,126 or more, up 36 from 2008. The proportion graduating with debt rose by almost 8, to 53.6, between those years. The Graduate Student Debt Reviewexamined data that the US Department of Education collects every four years. Report author Jason Delisle speculates that the increasing indebtedness will eventually spur government-led loan-forgiveness programmes. (...) - Nature 508, 277, 09 April 2014

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UK: Private university for postgrads: costs and benefits

UK: Private university for postgrads: costs and benefits | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Students who choose to go a private university may find fees compare well to the alternative.

When David Farley chose to study for a master's at a private institution, he was more worried about reputation than cost, though the fees were a nice surprise. He enrolled on the IFS School of Finance's flagship programme – an MSc in banking practice and management – which, like many courses, can be delivered online or as a blended programme, with fees ranging from nearly £9,000 to £10,500. (...) - by Helena Pozniak, The Guardian, 10 November 2013

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[UK] The postgraduate funding problem and three possible solutions

[UK] The postgraduate funding problem and three possible solutions | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Existing routes into postgrad study need refreshing if we're to sustain our world-class academic workforce, says Bob Burgess

Britain is in a quandary. Decades after the decline of its heavy industry, it remains one of the intellectual powerhouses of the world – generating new ideas to solve new global problems and developing new technology to keep the economy growing. To maintain this position, however, our workshop needs a steady supply of raw material in the shape of well-educated postgraduate students. As recent reports have shown, this supply is in danger of drying up. What can be done? (...) - by Bob Burgess, The Guardian, Thursday 4 July 2013

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UK: Postgraduate students face funding gap

UK: Postgraduate students face funding gap | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Rising tuition fees means postgraduates think twice about continuing their studies.

 

The near trebling of the cost of undergraduate degrees in England this academic year has made some postgraduate fees seem almost bargain basement by comparison. So what have universities done? They have started to raise them. (...) - by Liz Lightfoot, The Guardian, Wednesday 6 March 2013

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Universities consider loans to help postgraduate students

Universities consider loans to help postgraduate students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Funding for postgraduate study is so hard to find that universities are considering offering private loans to help students (...) - by Anna Fazackerley, The Guardian, Monday 25 February 2013

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Postgraduate studies shunned as free tuition scrapped

The Chinese government's decision to scrap free tuition for postgraduate studies - including masters degrees and PhDs - is driving more graduating students to enter the job market instead of remaining in higher education. The trend is likely to intensify the graduate unemployment problem in the country this year.

Free postgraduate studies come to an end at centrally funded universities in China from the 2014 academic year that starts in September.(...) - University World News, by Yojana Sharma, 01 May 2014 Issue No:318

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‘Homegrown’ postgraduate student crisis wake-up call

The British government has woken up to what some universities are calling a ‘postgraduate crisis’ with a pledge of £75 million (US$120 million) to fund a string of initiatives aimed at reversing falling demand for masters courses among UK students.

However, this doesn’t mean that a postgraduate loans system is about to be introduced for home and European Union students – despite calls for such a move from a number of higher education and student leaders.(...) - University World News, by Nic Mitchell, 15 November 2013 Issue No:296

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The academic career path has been thoroughly destabilised by the precarious practices of the neoliberal university.

The academic career path has been thoroughly destabilised by the precarious practices of the neoliberal university. | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It is an increasingly difficult time to begin an academic career. The pressures of the REF, casualization and adjunctification of teaching and the disappearance of research funding are enormous obstacles academics face. Sydney Calkin looks at how academics have in many ways become model neoliberal subjects. How might we effectively challenge the growing acceptance of the unpaid, underpaid, zero hours work within universities? (...) - By Sydney Calkin, Nov 1 2013, LSE blog Impact of Social Science

 

 

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UK: Postgraduate students flood in from more nations

As befits its high standing in the academic world, the UK draws postgraduate students from more than 150 countries, representing a high and steadily rising proportion of all students in British universities.

In 2011-12 there were nearly 2.5 million university students in the UK, with more than 550,000 undertaking postgraduate studies – and nearly 210,000, or 38%, were from outside Britain, according to figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency. (...)  University World News, by Alan Osborn, 18 May 2013 Issue No:272

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UK: Postgraduate guide 2013

UK: Postgraduate guide 2013 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
The Education Guardian has published it's annual postgraduate guide to master's. Get the full downloadable guide here
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Non-EU postgraduate numbers in UK fall for first time in 16 years

Non-EU postgraduate numbers in UK fall for first time in 16 years | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Number of postgraduate students travelling to UK from non-EU countries fell 1% in 2011/12 academic year. (...) - by Matthew Taylor, guardian.co.uk, 11 January 2013

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