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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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What is the Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS)?

Evaluation of the 2015-16 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 Postgraduate Support Scheme

We commissioned Paul Wakeling and colleagues at the University of York to evaluate the 2015-16 scheme, which involved a survey of all providers who took part in the schemes alongside case study interviews. Paul Wakeling and colleagues also carried out the programme analysis of the 2014-15 scheme which ran throughout the life of the 2014-15 programme.

Read the evaluation of the 2015-16 Postgraduate Support Scheme.

Read the programme analysis of the 2014-15 Postgraduate Support Scheme.


Page last updated 14 August 2017