Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

State Not the Only Player in Postgrad Access Game

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

State Not the Only Player in Postgrad Access Game

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Debate over how to ensure fair access to postgraduate education should consider the role of universities and employers, an associate director of the Higher Education Funding Council for England has suggested.

Chris Millward told a conference in London last week that although it was legitimate to ask how the government might establish a comprehensive finance scheme for postgraduates, the state was just one of a number of players in a "complicated, diverse landscape".

There had not been a lot of discussion about how universities could work with students and employers to develop better finance to deal with access questions, he told Postgraduate Learning 2013: Enhancing Inclusion, Quality and Employability, held on 21 February.

"One question for me is how could government and Hefce funding help to stimulate this? How might we be able to match (universities') own resources to deal with some of these issues, so we don't necessarily need to rely on ... government loans and lending?" Mr Millward said.

The Higher Education Commission, the National Union of Students and the Sutton Trust have been among those to call for some kind of targeted state-backed loan scheme for postgraduate education. …

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