Ashworth pledges to support postgraduate students

Posted by er134 at Dec 06, 2013 10:34 AM |
Ceremony at University's Students' Union on Friday 6 December

Issued by University of Leicester Students' Union on 6 December 2013

Leicester MP Jon Ashworth and Deputy City Mayor Rory Palmer have signed up to be funding champions with students from the University of Leicester.

In a special ceremony at the University’s Students’ Union building on Friday [December 6], they pledged to support a National Union of Students’ checklist which calls on the government to “continue to play a key role in funding postgraduate education and ensure that the sector is not neglected in the allocation of public funds”.

The 'Postgraduate Champion' campaign follows an NUS report last year called 'Steps toward a fairer system of postgraduate taught funding', which proposed a government-backed loan scheme for postgraduate students.

Our present system of postgraduate funding means most students have to pay for their courses up front, often borrowing money from family or friends or being put off further study.

Jon Ashworth said: “Postgraduate study is integral to the UK's reputation as a research leader, and a funding model that takes this into account through the broadening of opportunity is essential.

“In addition, in terms of UK industry, postgraduate study produces highly-educated members of the workforce with the high-level skills that are central to the development of our national economy."

Deputy City Mayor Rory Palmer added: “As an integral part of the student community, postgraduates make an important contribution to Leicester. It is postgraduate students undertaking pioneering research and work at our universities which will be crucial in securing future prosperity and competitiveness and ensuring we have the advanced skills needed to take forward the UK economy.

“Therefore, we need a fair funding settlement for postgraduate students. The government should continue to play an active role in postgraduate funding as part of a funding system that promotes fair access to postgraduate study.”

Michael Rubin, Education Officer at the University of Leicester Students’ Union said: “We are grateful for Jon and Rory’s support on postgraduate funding, an issue which is important for students right now.

“We’ve heard some heartbreaking stories from some of our students who are experiencing real hardship. Some simply can’t afford to pursue research in topics they are passionate about.

“We strongly believe that all levels of education should be fairly accessible to all students regardless of their financial background.”

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Union Contacts

Michael Rubin

Education Officer

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Helen Senior

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The University of Leicester Students’ Union is a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Charity. ULSU is registered in England and Wales, and is located at Percy Gee Building, University Road, University of Leicester LE1 7RH.

 

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