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Student Loan Company. Self Funding. Teaching Opportunities. Research Councils. January 2008 ... UK Trusts, Charities and Foundations. http://www.sussex.ac.uk ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Catherine Reynolds


1
Funding Postgraduate Study
  • Catherine Reynolds
  • University of Sussex
  • Career Development Adviser

2
Funding Postgraduate Study
  • 1 Overview of postgraduate study
  • 2 Public Funding Bodies
  • 3 Alternative sources of funding
  • 4 Help from CDEC
  • 5 Destinations of postgraduates

3
1 Overview
  • Postgraduate study some facts and figures
  • www.hesa.ac.uk
  • Hesa.ac.uk
  • Courses

4
Facts about Funding
  • There is no mandatory funding
  • Fees and Living Expenses
  • Student Loan Company
  • Self Funding
  • Teaching Opportunities
  • Research Councils

5
Research Councils
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences (BBSRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPSRC)
  • Medical (MRC)
  • Natural Environment (NERC)
  • Particle Physics and Astronomy (PPARC)
  • Arts and Humanities (AHRC)
  • Economic and Social (ESRC)
  • March Deadline

6
Types of RC Funding
  • Studentships
  • Collaborative awards in Science and Engineering
  • Council Specific Awards
  • (Eg ESRC/NERC Joint Studentship)
  • www.rcuk.ac.uk

7
Improve your Chances
  • Start looking early
  • Do you qualify
  • Put time and thought into your application
  • Be thorough
  • Referees
  • Make contingency plans

8
Institutional Funding
  • Institutional Awards
  • www.sussex.ac.uk/scholarships_and_bursaries.html
  • Access to Learning Funds
  • Alumni Study Awards

9
Alternative Sources of Funding
  • UK Trusts, Charities and Foundations
  • http//www.sussex.ac.uk/cdec/further_study.php
  • http//www.hotcourses.com/studentmoney/
  • Refer to www.prospects.ac.uk
  • The Grants Register
  • Directory of Grant Making Trusts
  • People in Need or FunderFinder

10
Loans
  • Career Development Loans
  • Postgraduate and Professional Loans
  • The College of Law Loan scheme
  • Other lenders
  • eg www.salliemae.co.uk

11
Funding for Students with Disabilities
  • Disabled Student Allowance
  • Other types of funding
  • National Bureau for Students with Disabilities
  • www.skill.org.uk

12
Employment
  • Part time employment
  • Full time employment
  • The majority of postgraduates work while studying

13
Further information
  • www.sussex.ac.uk/cdec links to
  • a searchable database of courses and research
  • Research council websites
  • Funding links
  • University Prospectuses
  • Overseas study links

14
CDECCareer Development and Employment Centre
  • Reference material
  • Careers Advisers
  • Talk through your options
  • Clarify your action plan
  • Review your draft application forms

15
Destinations of Postgraduates
  • Higher Degrees of Freedom
  • October 2004 Explores Expectations and
    Experiences of Sussex Postgraduates
  • What do Postgraduates do?
  • National Survey conducted 6 months after
    graduation

16
Higher Degrees of Freedom
  • The Findings
  • It was definitely worth it I enjoyed the
    whole year wonderful people especially the
    other students.
  • Need good information before and during the
    course to help students develop realistic career
    plans.

17
The Destinations
  • Most postgraduates working in high level
    occupations using their postgraduate knowledge
  • Teaching , research, health, social welfare,
    business and public service
  • Earnings
  • Highest reported salary 50,000 Median
    24,000

18
The Employers Views
  • Not always aware of the value added by
    postgraduate study
  • You need to articulate the benefits of your
    academic experience
  • www.grad.ac.uk

19
CDEC
  • Catherine Reynolds
  • Career Development and Employment Centre
  • First Floor, Falmer House
  • www.sussex.ac.uk/cdec
  • Open
  • 10 5pm Monday Friday
  • 10 7pm Wednesdays during term time
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