1994 Group statement on NUS postgraduate loan proposals

Alex Bols, Executive Director of the 1994 Group, said:


“We are extremely pleased to see that the National Union of Students have added their voice to the debate around postgraduate education.  For months now the 1994 Group have been warning about the looming postgraduate crisis and the importance of devising a decent funding system. The NUS contribution shows that there is now a consensus across higher education that something must be done.


“Finding a way to help finance postgraduate education will not be easy, particularly in the current financial climate, but there are now plenty of ideas for the Government to consider. The NUS plan, the HE Commission and Tim Leunig’s CentreForum proposals present a range of options, all of which need to be on the table.


“Postgraduate study is vital to universities looking to maintain a pipeline of research talent, individuals seeking a competitive advantage in the jobs market, and a country looking to high skills to drive economic growth. We cannot afford to wait any longer to put in place a sustainable funding system.”





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Notes to Editors:

1.    The 1994 Group publication ‘The Postgraduate Crises’ was published in February and can be read via http://www.1994group.ac.uk/documents/120215_PostgraduateCrisis.pdf a recent blog on postgraduate study by Alex Bols can be read via http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alex-bols/taught-postgraduates-the-_b_2143340.html


2.  The 1994 Group represents the UK’s leading student-focused research-intensive universities. It was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching.


3.    7 of the top 30 universities in the Guardian University Guide 2013 league tables are 1994 Group members; 3 of the top 30 universities in the 2013 Sunday Times University League Table are 1994 Group members; 7 of the top 30 universities in the 2012 Complete University Guide are 1994 Group members.

4.  The 1994Group represents: Birkbeck University of London, University of East Anglia, University of Essex,  Goldsmiths University of London, Institute of Education University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, Lancaster University, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University of Reading, , School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Sussex.

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