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The 1994 Group of research-intensive universities welcomes the publication of ‘One Step Beyond: Making the Most of Postgraduate Education’

Issued on 31 March 2010

Commenting on the publication today of ‘One Step Beyond: Making the Most of Postgraduate Education’, Paul Marshall, Executive Director of the 1994 Group said:

“We welcome the conclusions and recommendations of the report. The UK has a proud record of achievement in the delivery of the highest quality postgraduate education and it is right that this should be recognised and celebrated.

“The challenge now is to build upon the findings of the review to enable the HE sector to make a further step change in the promotion of the quality of the UK experience to the international market; working collaboratively with employers to deliver the highest levels of skills to their workforce, and to increase the numbers of highly qualified home students from all social backgrounds who can to progress to postgraduate study.

“Central to the achievement of these important recommendations must be a recognition that the necessary funding, environment, and support must be provided to enhance the student experience of all postgraduate students. In this regard, we welcome the direction of travel set out in the report which recognises that the quality of provision is more important that the volume of activity.”

“We look forward to the response of Government, the Funding bodies and other sector stakeholders to the report.”

Notes to Editors

  1. The 1994 Group represents 19 of the UK's leading student-focused research-intensive universities. It was established in 1994 to promote excellence in University research and teaching.
  2. In 17 major subject areas 1994 Group universities are the UK leaders achieving 1st place in their field (THE RAE subject rankings 2008). 57% of the 1994 Group's research is rated 4* 'world-leading' or 3* 'internationally excellent' (RAE 2008, HEFCE). 7 of the top 10 universities for student experience are 1994 Group Universities (2009 National Student Survey) 1994 Group members include 10 of the top 18 universities in the UK in The Guardian University Guide League Table published on the 12th May 2009.
  3. The 1994 Group represents: University of Bath, Birkbeck University of London, Durham University, University of East Anglia, University of Essex, University of Exeter, Goldsmiths University of London, Institute of Education University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, Lancaster University, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, Queen Mary University of London, University of Reading, University of St Andrews, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Surrey, University of Sussex, University of York.
  4. Press Enquiries, please contact Alistair Jarvis, Director of Communications, 1994 Group. Tel: 0207 872 5596. Email:

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