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Postgraduate Support Scheme 2015-16

What is the Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS)?

Programme analysis of the 2014-15 Postgraduate Support Scheme

Read the final report on HEFCE’s Postgraduate Support Scheme.

The Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) 2015-16 has now ended. The scheme provided scholarships to contribute to the costs of masters study. £50 million was allocated for scholarships for 10,000 masters students.

The scheme built on key findings from the pilot PSS in 2014-15, which showed that finance is a key barrier to progression for the most under-represented students.

Read further information on postgraduate education trends.

How much money was allocated to each institution?

Evaluation of the 2015-16 Postgraduate Support Scheme

We have commissioned Paul Wakeling and his team at the University of York to evaluate the scheme now it has ended. We want to understand effectiveness of the scheme and its wider implications for postgraduate policy.

The evaluation will assess how well the scheme met the stated objectives of ensuring that taught postgraduate education:

  • is accessible to the most capable students regardless of their background
  • continues to be a successful and sustainable sector at the heart of higher education teaching, research and knowledge exchange.

The evaluation is due to report in the spring 2017.

Page last updated 11 October 2016