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Students taking advantage of free postgraduate schemes

Published: Friday, 16 October 2009   Category: Postgraduate Study

With the economic climate forcing graduate job hunters to consider their options, many universities are now providing incentives for them to take up further study.

Keele University is currently offering £1,000 bursaries to its alumni choosing to stay on for a postgraduate degree, while Gloucestershire has even offered some of its former students fee-free courses.

Rama Thirunamachandran, deputy vice-chancellor at Keele University, told the Independent that around 90 students have taken advantage of the scheme, which has helped them make a quick decision when thinking about delaying a graduate job.

She said: "We felt it was right that if some of our students … couldn't go into employment they should be offered the opportunity to carry on at Keele to enhance their skills."

Recent research by University of Manchester careers experts found that 46 per cent of current students are considering a postgraduate course over a first job after they leave higher education.

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