Postgraduate support boosted as numbers fall

The UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Higher Education Funding Council for England said last week that an initial £25 million (US$38 million) fund will distribute grants of between £500,000 and £3 million to universities and colleges to attract and support disadvantaged students into postgraduate study, writes John Morgan for Times Higher Education.

After “studying its success”, the government will then invest an additional £50 million in “removing financial or cultural barriers to participation in postgraduate education”. This part of the funding had already been announced in the previous week’s spending round for 2015-16, which revealed that the £150 million National Scholarship Programme would be scrapped for undergraduates and re-launched as a £50 million fund for postgraduates.
Full report on the Australian Financial Review site