King’s is one of 20 universities to be awarded funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to explore ways of supporting progression into postgraduate education for under-represented and disadvantaged students.
A total of 250 applications were received to the ‘King’s Access to the Professions’ scholarship scheme for the 36 scholarships available. This equates to seven applicants for every place available, demonstrating an overwhelming desire for postgraduate education in our home student population. Applications to pursue postgraduate study in the field of mental health were particularly oversubscribed.
King’s has committed to match-funding to the scheme to ensure the continued success of the postgraduate provision by working with universities and employers to stimulate participation from students who would not otherwise progress to master’s degree study and/or research degrees.
The King’s pilot project is being delivered in partnership with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and the Maudsley Charity. It seeks to further diversify the College’s postgraduate student population in Nursing and Midwifery research, Mental Health (such as the MSc’s in Forensic Psychology, Psychosis Studies or Neuroscience) the Cultural Industries, theatre-related careers and Informatics (including MSc programmes in Advanced Computing, Robotics and Web Intelligence).
The ‘King’s Access to the Professions’ programme will involve testing new ways of engaging Home students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing pre-sessional and extra-curricular activities, a Summer School and a new kind of mentoring support and scholarships for tuition fees and living costs worth between £18,975 and £24,300.
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