Sussex top in England for postgraduate study rates

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The University of Sussex is joint first in England, with Oxford, for the proportion of graduates going on to further study.

Figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that 35 per cent of Sussex’s class of 2015 are now in further study, training or research – more than twice the UK average of 16 per cent.

Professor Clare Mackie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, says that Sussex has put expanding its postgraduate community at the heart of its strategy over the past few years. She says: “For a research-intensive university like Sussex, it is vital that we have a vibrant postgraduate student community.

“Not only is it a great personal achievement to study for a Masters or professional qualification but these are our country’s future problem solvers and innovators and we must nurture and support them.”

Two major scholarships were launched in 2013 in order to attract and retain the brightest students and to address some of the financial barriers to postgraduate study.

The Sussex Graduate Scholarship scheme provides £5,000 or £3,500 for Sussex undergraduates who get a first or 2:1 and go straight on to a Masters at the University.

Running alongside is a Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship, which extends a similar opportunity of  £5,000 for a first at undergraduate level to graduates of other UK universities who go on to a Masters at Sussex.

Professor Mackie adds: “When we launched these scholarships, they were a statement of intent – a strong commitment to postgraduate study.

“Now around one in five of our postgrads are receiving a scholarship and, because they need a good degree to qualify, they can be proud that they are all here on merit.”

SOURCE:

Top 20 multi-faculty English HEI Destinations of 2014/15 full time first degree UK and other EU domiciled leavers by percentage ‘Engaged in full-time further study training or research’.

DLHE Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 21st July 2016. 

 

Engaged in full-time further study training or research

Finalist Cohort

percentage Engaged in full-time further study training or research

Ranking

The University of Oxford

885

2525

35%

1st =

The University of Sussex

600

1715

35%

1ST =

Bishop Grosseteste University

115

360

32%

3rd

The University of Cambridge

770

2525

30%

4th

The University of Lancaster

385

1370

28%

5th

The School of Oriental and African Studies

105

390

27%

6th =

Royal Holloway and Bedford New College

360

1345

27%

6th =

The University of Buckingham

40

150

27%

6th =

Queen Mary University of London

515

1955

26%

9th =

London School of Economics and Political Science

160

615

26%

9th =

The University of Leicester

475

1850

26%

9th =

University of Durham

610

2380

26%

9th =

The University of Essex

375

1465

26%

9th =

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

300

1185

25%

14th =

University College London†

540

2140

25%

14th =

The University of Warwick

580

2300

25%

14th =

The University of York

540

2250

24%

17th =

The University of Kent

615

2605

24%

17th =

The University of Exeter

580

2485

23%

19th

The University of Birmingham

740

3390

22%

20th =

Newman University

70

325

22%

20th=


By: Lynsey Ford
Last updated: Wednesday, 17 August 2016

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