THE PROBLEM OF POOR POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION FUNDING- agency reports

From http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2013/jul/04/postgraduate-funding-three-possible-solutions  Britain after decades of the decline of its heavy industry, it is still one of the intellectual powerhouses of the in europe and the world – starting new ideas that solve new global problems and evolving new technology that keeps the economy growing. To maintain this position, however, our workshop needs a steady supply of raw material in the shape of well-educated postgraduate students. What can be done to stop this supply from danger of drying up.
The number of UK students on postgraduate taught degree courses has begun to decline after a decade of relatively high growth, according to a new Hefce report that gives an overview of postgraduate study in England and Northern Ireland. An earlier report from Universities UK, The Funding Environment for Universities, also shows the total number of students on postgraduate taught courses in the UK slid by 5 % in 2011-12.

Initially, this fall in UK and EU students was more than matched by increases in students from more economically dynamic regions outside Europe. But now their numbers have also started to slip, hit by a tougher visa regime and increased competition from rapidly growing universities overseas.
Meanwhile, last year’s arrival of much higher variable tuition fees for UK and other EU undergraduates will, from 2015, make it harder for heavily indebted 21-year-olds graduating under the new system to feel they can afford to embark on a postgraduate taught course.

Any sustained slide in the number of students on postgraduate taught courses is deeply worrying, because it creates a bottleneck in the intellectual supply pipeline that ultimately produces what we might call ultra-skilled workers: our future research scientists, academics and leading thinkers educated in the humanities and social sciences. Postgraduate taught courses are a standard route to postgraduate research degrees, which are in turn essential for sustaining our world-class academic workforce.

Against this backdrop, we welcome the government’s announcement of £75m to support postgraduates from disadvantaged circumstances, though we regret that the chancellor has found the money largely by reducing financial aid to undergraduates from such backgrounds. The government hopes that extra funding by employers and universities will raise this total to £100m. We hope they will rise to the challenge. The money is clearly needed – to an increasing degree the postgraduate ranks are filled by wealthier students, according to the Hefce report.

2013/14 UNILAG POSTGRADUATE FORMS FINALLY CLOSES.

The sale of the 2013/14 postgraduate forms by the University of Lagos, Akoka has finally closed. It closed yesterday July 3rd, 2013, by this date, all candidates were expected to have submitted their online application. The much awaited form which many postgraduate applicants had been expecting, started selling on wednessday, 22nd June, 2013. The University of Lagos postgraduate forms is sort after by many, especially those who live in the commercial city of Lagos. The sale of postgraduate forms which should have closed earlier was extended till July 3rd, when it finally closed. Despite the high price of UNILAG postgraduate forms at about 22,000 naira, it did not deter too many applicants. It should be noted that final registration closes on July 17th, 2013. For the final registration, applicants credentials should be submitted at the department they are applying to. Documents that should submitted include photcopies of O’level result, birth certificate, Nysc certificate. Original application form, photo card and photocopy of bank teller used to purchase the form. The Original receiptshould be taken along as it may be request for sighting by the receiving official.
Next is for you to go on with your preparation for the entrance exams. God Bless