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Postgraduate Students: Support

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support available to postgraduate students who attended schools in areas of deprivation. (205674)

We have not made any specific assessment. However, research shows that people from disadvantaged areas who achieve first degrees are no less likely to stay on for postgraduate study.

The Government’s student support are generally targeted at undergraduates, to widen access and provide the opportunity to study for a first degree. Students of the Post Graduate Certificate in Education are though eligible for means-tested support.

The research councils offer postgraduate awards; and career development loans are also available.