The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland has been running the Carnegie Cameron Bursaries scheme as a mechanism for supporting students wishing to progress to master’s study in the Scottish universities. Each year 100 fee assistance grants of up to £4,000 have been made available for the universities to distribute to worthy candidates. However, you will be aware that the Scottish Government announced at the end of last year a loan scheme providing up to £5,500 towards postgraduate taught programme fee payments, plus an additional £4,500 towards living expenses.
This development was recently discussed by the Trust’s Board – considering the implications for our grant scheme. It was noted that, while to some students the difference between a grant and a loan can be seen as quite significant, the potential financial barrier to undertaking postgraduate master’s study has been considerably reduced by this policy change and the role of the Trust now needs to be reviewed.
It has been concluded the Carnegie Cameron Bursaries scheme will be suspended, in the first instance, for the academic year 2017-18. During this period, the Trust will explore ways in which we may identify able students for whom funding remains a problem and consider options for providing future financial assistance.
Please note the following two points:
- The Carnegie Cameron Bursaries scheme is suspended for 2017-18.
- The Trust is seeking suggestions from the universities as to how a modified version of the Bursary scheme might be continued, taking into account its wish to be supporting students wanting to and capable of enrolling on a master’s course for whom there is a financial barrier.
In considering the latter point, please take into account the considerable variation in master’s tuition fees – both across disciplines and between universities. Any revised scheme would need to work effectively across all the Scottish universities.