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ERIC Number: ED536933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-8403-6198-8
Taught Postgraduate Students: Market Trends and Opportunities. Research Report
Boorman, Susan; Ramsden, Brian
Universities UK
This report brings together information and analysis about taught postgraduate students from data provided by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and from a search of relevant published information. The authors' contention is that these students are distinctively different from undergraduates and from research postgraduate students. Their numbers are now large enough to make them a distinct and important higher education market. Taught postgraduate provision already has distinctive funding arrangements although the UK model for assuring quality and standards in universities applies to it. The literature review concentrated on a 10-year period looking at material published from 1998 to the present. The authors also identified older publications, as well as references to work proposed or underway, where this is indicated in the literature. The authors' recommendations include actions to improve national datasets for the taught postgraduate sector and provide a starting point for estimating the value of taught postgraduate study to the UK and analysing the financial sustainability of this provision within institutions. Annexed are: (1) Funding councils' support for taught postgraduate provision; and (2) Support for taught postgraduate students. (Contains 19 charts, 16 tables and 161 notes.)[Foreword for this report was written by Rick Trainor.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Universities UK (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom