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Stirling University offers postgraduate incentive
Thursday, 08 October 2009
A university in Scotland is encouraging its bachelor's degree students to postpone beginning their career by offering bursaries for postgraduate study.
Stirling University pumped £30,000 of funding into the initiative, allowing 18 students to return to the higher education institution to work towards a postgraduate degree.
They will each receive £1,500 to pay off a substantial portion of their tuition fees, leaving another £3,000 for two more students to join the scheme in the summer.
Ian Cockbain, director of student recruitment admissions at the university, said the scheme was designed to help graduate job hunters who were struggling to find employment.
He added: "We have been proactive in encouraging a significant number to sign up for further study, and many have acknowledged that they would not have been able to do so without these scholarships. I am delighted that the scheme has been so well received."
Ireland's Higher Education Authority recently revealed that postgraduate students in the country can expect higher salaries when they start their careers, compared to bachelor's degree holders.