£3m to support Masters’ students

More than £3million has been allocated to students in the North East to allow those from under-represented groups to do a Master’s degree.

A total of 610 students in the region will receive a £10,000 postgraduate scholarship award, aimed at supporting those unable to pursue further study through issues such as financial barriers or family responsibilities.

The Postgraduate Support Scheme was launched last year and the number of students who will receive an award for 2015/16 has almost tripled for some universities.

Northumbria University will give the highest number of postgraduate scholarship awards, allocating £775,000 to 155 students. This is closely followed by Durham University as £750,000 is set aside for 150 students and Newcastle University’s allocation is £730,000.