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21/12/15 10:00

Options for postgraduate support

Scottish Government to consider group’s findings in the new year.

The findings of a working group seeking to increase the number of Scottish domiciled postgraduate students has been published today.

The Taught Postgraduate Study Working Group has published its recommendations on how to address identified barriers that exist for students interested in postgraduate study.

Options identified by the group to reduce the barriers include:

  • Incentives to undertake postgraduate study including changes to funding support.
  • Improved online course information
  • Greater focus on wider access to underrepresented groups based on age, gender and socio-economic background
  • Closer engagement between industry and universities

The group was chaired by Professor Bryan MacGregor, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Physical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. Professor MacGregor was supported by representatives from the higher education sector including Universities Scotland, the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS), the Scottish Funding Council, the National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland and the University and College Union(UCU) Scotland.

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance said:

“I am very grateful to Professor MacGregor and the members of the working group for their hard work in this area and for producing a thoughtful final report.

“We recognise the importance of increased participation in postgraduate study by Scottish students and today’s publication outlines a number of ideas on how this might be achieved , which will ultimately contribute to growing Scotland’s economy.

“I will now carefully consider the group’s report and look forward to working together with the sector to encourage even more graduates to fulfil their potential.”

Professor MacGregor also said:

“I am pleased to announce the publication of the final report of the postgraduate working group. The postgraduate group members have all contributed significant effort and expertise to the production of this report and I thank them for this.

“I am confident that the work of the group will lead to a positive and long lasting change in the number of Scottish domiciled students undertaking postgraduate study.”

Notes to editors

The Group’s findings can be found here.