Postgraduate funding

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2002-02-23

Lack of postgraduate funding is restricting access to postgraduate education. It is in the interests of the country that all graduates academically capable of undertaking postgraduate study should be able to do so irrespective of financial matters.
The Career Development Loan is a dangerous and inadequate method of support for postgraduate study, as well as not being available for many postgraduates.

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2002-02-23

All postgraduates whose fees are not paid for by sponsors should be entitled to an index-linked income-contingent loan to cover the costs of tuition fees, in preference to no funding.

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2002-02-23

Institutions should not increase tuition fees for courses that are both postgraduate in time and level (but not including vocational courses such as the MBA). The Government should introduce effective legislation to stop institutions increasing tuition fees and phase out existing differential fees. If this is not forthcoming, loans for postgraduates should cover the cost of the increased fees.

Policy passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2002-02-23

Institutions should not charge for additional academic costs on top of tuition fees. If institutions will not stop charging additional costs, they must clearly state to prospective students all costs that students will have to pay during their course. The Government should introduce and enforce effective anti-hidden course costs legislation at postgraduate level.

Passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2002-05-25

It is unfair to use international students to subsidise home students. Charging excessive premium fees to international students often encourages institutions to favour applicants paying high fees over home students, irrespective of academic ability. Whilst the Government should not be expected to support international students to the same level as home students, it would be beneficial to have reciprocal arrangements with other countries to support students at each other's institutions.

Passed at the Ordinary General Meeting on 2002-05-25

All self-funded postgraduates who are not in receipt of financial support should be entitled to an interest-free, income contingent loan to cover the full cost of living during the period of study, in preference to the current system of no funding. This level of this loan must be determined in such a way as to ensure that the additional end of year costs are taken into consideration. The loan entitlement for living costs should be at least the equivalent amount that an undergraduate on a 52-week course would be entitled to.