Project: Widening participation in postgraduate study


Researcher: Penelope Sucharitkul

I’m Penny and I’m a 4th year medical student. I’m from a mixed White/Thai and working-class background, so widening access to postgraduate research was something I was really passionate about. This year I finished my intercalated Masters of Research – the struggle to get fundingĀ  opened my eyes to the difficulties of disadvantaged students.

I spent the summer collating literature on postgraduate taught and research widening access within the University of Leeds and looked at some of the international solutions to this issue.

I looked at the existing literature and summarised this into a 10,000 word report giving me the chance to write about things I felt were important. I was also given data about PGT and PGR and made independent recommendations for the University to act on. The report details the national solutions in the UK to widening access at PG level, but also includes some international solutions which may have not been previously considered by the literature.

I hope that the report can act as a starting point for the University of Leeds, and other universities. The report highlights the fantastic work of Access to Leeds and the Plus Programme, and is written by a student who came through these routes.

Widening Participation in Post Graduate Teaching and Research

Read the full project report here

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