Postgraduates

Employers are slashing graduate jobs. But students mustn’t lose hope | Stephen Isherwood | Education

Will there be 50 or 50,000 fewer graduate jobs this year? There is little about the immediate future that is certain, but what we do know already is that employers are already planning to cut graduate vacancies by 12%. And the internships and placements that lead to next year’s job offers? Down by 40%. If they haven’t been cancelled, they have been delayed or switched to virtual experiences. One other thing is certain: this year is going to be a…

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‘Is this all a dream?’: my cramped week self-isolating in student halls | Education

TuesdayBoth my fiancee and I are marketing postgraduate students. We live in halls but study at different universities. She lives in London, and I live in Surrey. I am a care leaver while she is an international student from Wuhan, China. My day begins at 4am, when I lie awake in my girlfriend’s flat. We have been here for three weeks self-isolating. The room is cramped; I am on an airbed next to her single bed (she has a back…

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Postgraduate students urge funders to extend grants over coronavirus | Education

PhD and master’s students have signed an open letter asking to be given extensions to their funding by research councils so they can finish work disrupted by the coronavirus. The letter, which has more than 1,000 signatories across UK universities, asks for research councils to urgently publish a plan outlining additional financial support for all postgraduate students. Many postgraduate students are currently unable to continue their research projects and theses because fieldwork has been halted and university labs and libraries…

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High costs and debt still a barrier to postgrad study | Education

Growing up in Redcar on the north-east coast of Yorkshire, Kerry-Anne Revie, who is from a low-income background, thought that “people like me don’t belong at Oxford”. The elite university wants to change this perception: in July 2019 it launched UNIQ+ – a summer school designed to widen minority groups’ access to postgraduate education, such as those who have been in care or received free school meals. Revie spent six weeks at Oxford’s biochemistry department, assisting an academic’s research into…

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Why an MBA is the degree to take you all the way | Education

When Conor O’Shea left the army in 2017, he admits he felt a bit lost. The idea of taking a year out to think about what he really wanted to do was very appealing. He’s now working in Dublin as the EMEA operations lead at Google, after completing a one-year MBA at the University of Edinburgh in 2019. “When you leave the military, you feel a bit useless,” he says. “You always feel like: ‘I have no tangible skills’ –…

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Charity grants to crowdsourcing: how to pay for a postgraduate degree | Education

When Amy Booth realised that funding a master’s degree in the UK was beyond her, she decided to go much farther afield – Argentina, to be precise. She’s currently finishing the second year of a master’s in political and social theory at the University of Buenos Aires. “My family could have given me some financial support, but the fees alone would have been between £8,000 and £14,000 for this kind of master’s at UK universities, and I would have needed…

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Academia looks like a pint of Guinness to me – diverse below, but not at the top | Education

A lot of my work examines counterculture, race, ethnicity and religion – and challenges some western paradigms. In my early days I had to work hard to convince research directors of the value in supporting such research aims, and academic peers of the need to expand our subject discipline and research approaches. It’s tough, because I, along with other BAME academics, feel that we are fighting implicit bias on a number of levels. Firstly, how you look, linked to a…

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How crafts are fusing tradition with innovation | Education

Jayne Childs wants to change the way we think about lace. “I’m challenging the perception of lace as just something we use for curtains,” she says. “Lace doesn’t have to be fusty and dusty. It can be something we wear in the 21st century – something that’s embedded in a tradition, but also looking forward. Even if people don’t really necessarily understand what that tradition it is, they like to tap into that story.” The craft economy generates almost £3.4bn…

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Climate emergency: why education and activism go hand in hand | Education

“I turned down a six-figure training contract to focus on climate issues,” says law graduate Harry Holmes, 21, a King’s College London master’s student in environment, politics and globalisation. Worried that many years of studying environmental law or a PhD would take him well into what he calls “the climate decade”, he opted for a one-year course that allows him to continue his environmental activism while broadening his understanding of climate breakdown. He volunteers for UK Youth Climate Coalition, engaging…

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‘There’s a reason for doing something so difficult’: what to expect from a PhD | Education

A PhD is not just three years of intense study, but something that will affect your whole life. “It is a long project that is very different to any academic work you’ll have done before,” says Alicia Peña Bizama, Life Tools programme manager at the University of Reading. Psychological problems aren’t uncommon. The risks of developing common psychiatric disorders is very high, so it’s no surprise that evasion rates are also high. Above all, says NUS postgraduate representative David Evans,…

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Here’s what to ask yourself before taking a master’s degree | Education – Education Article

When it comes to considering a master’s degree, the decision can be as daunting as the course itself. There’s a lot to think about. How will it benefit you in the future? What kind of course should you be looking to do? If you’re undecided about what your next move should be, answering these five questions might help. Will a master’s make me more employable?Many large organisations now require graduates with specialist interests. In some fields a master’s can also…

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