.Representation

Postgraduate Taught Funding (0708P5)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Student Communities

Passed: 21/01/2008 | Lapsed: 02/12/2013

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • Some courses at the University of Southampton offer a four-year Masters, while others do not
  • The availability of four-year Masters is uneven across Schools and Faculties
  • That four-year Masters entitle students to full access of statutory funding and support
  • The postgraduate taught (PGT) funding provision for tuition fees, maintenance costs, and financial hardship for a one-year Masters is extremely limited
  • Research from the National Postgraduate Committee (NPC) provides evidence that fear of debt has a strong impact on seventy seven per cent of students from poorer backgrounds who are considering future study, in comparison to thirty three per cent of students from a middle class background
  • There has been a shortfall in Home and/EU PGT recruitment at the University of Southampton for the past two years
  • Those of the twenty Russell Group Universities, only six are neither currently offering nor considering some form of tuition fee discount to alumni embarking on postgraduate study
  • Competitor Universities are increasingly offering potential postgraduates additional sources of funding through educational loans offered by companies such as Sallie Mae
  • A tuition fee discount would go some way to offset interest arising from a private loan for postgraduate study
  • The uneven distribution of four-year Masters on offer at the University of Southampton has resulted in a disparity
  • Offering an alumni tuition fee discount to Home PGT students on one year Masters would be a step toward addressing that disparity
  • Offering an alumni tuition fee discount to Home PGT students on one year Masters would help the University of Southampton compete with comparator universities in the recruitment of Home PGT students
  • That an incremental discount based on student support entitlement at undergraduate level would encourage the retention of the most able students regardless of social      background
  • A discount would help offset the interest accruing from educational loans students borrow from Banks and companies such as Sallie Mae
  • That the Union supports any move from the University towards addressing this lack of funding for Postgraduate Taught Students
  • That the Union encourages a fee discount system for University of Southampton graduates furthering their studies through a postgraduate taught course
  • That the Union will continue to lobby the University on both these points
    Sorry, there are no Mandates for this policy