Deadline for taught postgraduate student awards approaching

Leeds is offering awards worth £10k for postgraduate students from less advantaged backgrounds as part of a project working with HEFCE and five partner universities.

The aim of the project - being carried out together with the Universities of Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Warwick and York - is to provide an array of financial, guidance and academic products designed to address falling postgraduate numbers, especially among those from lower income backgrounds.

A £380k donation from University alumni and friends has been matched by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), enabling the creation of this one-off pilot programme.  

Research has shown that students from lower socio-economic backgrounds are underrepresented among those progressing to higher degrees  yet pursuing some careers requires study for a professional qualification.  In others, such as business or HR, a postgraduate qualification sets students apart from the many undergraduates competing for a position.

This award will not only help students get back into higher education (or to continue their studies at a higher level) it will also, as part of the work Leeds is undertaking with the five partner universities and HEFCE, seek to evaluate the impact of the measure we put into place to recruit and retain PG students.  The intention is that our work will act as a model of good practice in the sector.  

The closing date for applications is 13 June 2014; full details and an application form can be found at

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