LSBU Vice-Chancellor responds to Autumn Statement on postgraduate funding
03 December 2014
In today's 2014 Autumn Statement Chancellor George Osborne
MP has announced a major overhaul of postgraduate funding in England. Under the
proposals, prospective students applying for postgraduate masters courses could
access subsidised government loans of up to £10,000.
Commenting on the announcement, Professor David Phoenix,
Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University, said: "No one should be denied access
to postgraduate education simply because of cost. I welcome today's
announcement form the Chancellor, however I urge careful consideration of how
the loan system is implemented.
"Many businesses fund their
employees through postgraduate study and institutions like London South Bank
University work with those businesses to ensure students gain real world skills
that can be applied in the workplace. I strongly urge the government to
consider a system of match-funded loans to ensure business-university
partnerships are not undermined."