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Evaluation of the Postgraduate Support Scheme Pilot

Widening Access to Postgraduate Study and the Professions was one of 20 HEFCE-funded Postgraduate Support Scheme pilot projects. The University of Sheffield led a consortium of research intensive universities (Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Warwick and York), which investigated and piloted a range of innovative ways of attracting under-represented groups into postgraduate taught study. The project comprised scholarships; information, advice and guidance; academic innovation and a programme of research to better understand barriers to postgraduate progression. CFE were commissioned to carry out a two-phase evaluation of the pilot. As part of this we carried out secondary data analysis of postgraduate recruitment, a survey of successful and unsuccessful scholarship applicants and qualitative interviews with staff and stakeholders.

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Key project contact

Rachel Moreton

Rachel is an experienced researcher and project manager. She joined the CFE team in 2012 after working as a freelance researcher and as a senior research officer for the Department for Communities and Local Government.

In her role at CFE, Rachel has led a diverse range of projects, many related to tackling disadvantage. This includes our nine-year national evaluation of the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Supporting People with Multiple Needs’ initiative.