Widening Access to Taught Postgraduate Study
Over a year after the publication of the Taught Postgraduate Review Working Group final report, this event will consider progress so far and what more can be done to improve access to and uptake of postgraduate study.
In December 2015 the Taught Postgraduate Review Working Group published their final report. The group highlighted the many benefits of postgraduate study and proposed a series of options for reducing the barriers:
- Provide a designated online portal providing comprehensive course and funding information.
- A clear and universal entitlement for student loan support should be implemented.
- Greater focus should be placed on widening access to postgraduate level study to those currently underrepresented within the student population
- Promote closer working relationships between the higher education sector and industry
- Consider the feasibility of implementing an incentive system for students undertaking postgraduate study in Scotland.
Since the report’s publication the Scottish Government has widened the number of postgraduate diploma courses eligible for support and increased the maximum level of support to £10,000. At this event we will consider what more must be done to widen access to postgraduate study.
Key issues to be addressed:
- Hear about progress so far on taking forward the findings of the review
- Learn how different institutions are working to widen access to postgraduate study
- Consider how we can improve access to underrepresented groups
- Discuss how we can provide flexible learning to postgraduate students
09:15 Registration opens
09:55 Introduction from the Chair
Kate Connor, Kate Connor Consultancy
Session 1: The Taught Postgraduate Study Review
In this opening session we will revisit the findings and recommendations of the Taught Postgraduate Review and consider progress to date. In doing so we will hear from those at the heart of any changes to postgraduate study – the postgraduate students themselves.
10:00 Taught Postgraduate Study Review
Professor Bryan MacGregor, Chair, Taught Postgraduate Review Working Group and Vice-Principal for Research and Executive Dean of the Business School, University of Aberdeen
10:20 Changes to postgraduate funding
Alan Scott, Senior Policy Manager, Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
10:40 Reflections from a postgraduate
Charlie Beaumont, Postgraduate Student, Glasgow Caledonian University
11:00 Questions and discussion
Session 2: HEIs making postgraduate study accessible
While work is ongoing nationally on the recommendations of the report, individual Higher Education Institutions continue to explore new ways to make postgraduate study more accessible. This session will look at just a few of these.
11:40 Universities leading action on widening access to postgraduate courses
Professor Malcolm MacLeod, Deputy Principal (Operational Strategy and External Affairs), University of Stirling
12:00 Distance postgraduate learning
Bronagh Power, Senior Lecturer in Management , Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University
12:20 Questions and discussion
Session 3: Building on existing progress
In this final session we will consider what further action we can take at a local and national level that will improve access to and uptake of taught postgraduate study.
13:15 Utilising information portals to communicate with prospective students
Chris Rea, Higher Education Services Manager, Prospects
13:35 Learning Session
Facilitated discussion around each of the 5 implications of the 'Mature Entrants' Transitions to Postgraduate Taught Study' report. This will allow delegates to share what they have done in each of these areas and discuss further actions.
13:55 Questions and discussion
14:05 Closing remarks from the chair
14:10 Close of event
*Agenda subject to change
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18 Royal Terrace
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