Alliance universities allocated almost £9 million of new support funding for postgrads for 2015-16

students grass#University Alliance welcomed announcements by HEFCE today of which universities will receive a share of £50 million during 2015-16. Alongside matched funding, this money will enable 10,000 masters students to receive a £10,000 contribution towards the cost of their studies.

All of University Alliance’s universities based in England have been allocated of total of £8,770,000 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England for 1754 masters students.

This follows the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in the Autumn Statement that the Government would introduce income-contingent loans for students under 30 who want to enrol on a postgraduate taught masters in any subject.

These loans, of up to £10,000, are planned to be available from 2016-17. As a bridge during 2015-16, Mr Osborne said that HEFCE would allocate £50 million to enable institutions to offer awards of £10,000 to students on a matched-funding basis.

Sam Jones, Head of Comms at University Alliance, said:

“This is a positive announcement for Alliance universities which together have almost 80,000 students on postgraduate taught caught courses – 18 per cent of the UK total. In areas such as Architecture, Allied medicine and computer science our share is even higher with 29%, 26% and 23% respectively.

“Postgraduate study is vital to ensure ​Britain develop​s​ and grow​s​ global talent. We are looking forward to these loans being made available for all post-graduate students – a sure way to secure the UK’s future.

“However, the government still need to put the higher education funding system on a more sustainable footing – the current public subsidy on existing student loans is too high: for every £1 the government gives out in student loans, they will only get 55p back. University Alliance warns that this is creating an unsustainable funding system that could result in cuts to student places or underinvestment in high quality programmes.

“This is why we developed our Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) proposals earlier this year to facilitate universal loans for the first time, including postgraduate students and part-time students which has witnessed a major decline in numbers.”

Notes to Editors

HEFCE announced its guidance for institutions receiving funding to support postgraduate students 2015-16 today. The full details can be found here 

Below are the allocations for Alliance universities.

Alliance university Institution Number of full (£10,000 Awards) 2015-2016 initial allocation
Bournemouth University 93 £465,000
Coventry University 156 £780,000
University of Greenwich 26 £130,000
University of Hertfordshire 52 £260,000
University of Huddersfield 75 £375,000
Kingston University 84 £420,000
University of Lincoln 37 £185,000
Liverpool John Moores University 106 £530,000
Manchester Metropolitan University 131 £655,000
University of Northumbria at Newcastle 118 £590,000
Nottingham Trent University 99 £495,000
Oxford Brookes University 77 £385,000
University of Plymouth 130 £650,000
University of Portsmouth 137 £685,000
University of Salford 154 £770,000
Sheffield Hallam University 141 £705,000
Teesside University 53 £265,000
University of West of England Bristol 85 £425,000
 Total 1754 £8,770,000


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