The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is spearheading a project to encourage more students to continue into postgraduate study.
Working alongside nine partner universities across England, and with funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the college aims to train current postgraduate students to mentor undergraduates with the potential to go on to higher study, but who come from under-represented backgrounds.
Jon Parry, head of widening participation and community engagement at the RVC, said: “We have done a lot of work on increasing access to veterinary science at an undergraduate level and we now want to build on this to demonstrate to students the different academic and research pathways available to them at postgraduate level.”
The RVC will also work closely with AccessHE – a body that coordinates and initiates widening participation activities in London – and will be in charge of the project’s delivery. Each institution will recruit 20 mentors to work with undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds.
The partner universities are:
University of Bedfordshire
University of Greenwich
London Metropolitan University
Royal Holloway College
University of London
Trinity Laban Conservatoire
University for the Creative Arts
Mr Parry added: “There is a national need for committed and equipped postgraduates whose specific knowledge and experience will only improve the economic and intellectual well-being of society.
“Postgraduate qualifications further increase the opportunities for employment – they are a part of the world of work. Mentors from the RVC will bring experience of high level specialist science programmes to the menu of MScs nominated by the partnership, particularly in an area of the economy that is in need of highly skilled graduates coming into its workforce.”