Merton has a long and distinguished reputation as a global centre of academic excellence, with an active and hardworking student community. However, when it comes to supporting its graduate students financially, Merton struggles to compete with the generous scholarships offered by the most successful US Ivy League institutions. Compared to undergraduate provision, there is significantly less support available for students embarking on graduate studies. In addition, UK students in the current fee regime, faced with substantial debt to be repaid, may, in spite of new one year graduate loans offered from September 2016, be forced to recalibrate their ambitions and abandon graduate study altogether.
We risk closing off whole careers - including globally significant academic research careers and those that require higher degrees - to those who cannot finance themselves, unless we take the need for graduate funding seriously.
In the next phase of the College's development, we are focussing our energy and fundraising ambition on providing graduate scholarships to rival those offered at competing institutions.
Postgraduate study is quickly becoming an essential step for those seeking graduate employment. In the world of academia, graduates students are carrying out innovative research projects with far reaching implications, while entry-level jobs in the professional sector increasingly require a masters degree or specialist experience. There is insufficient funding from external sources to provide for the number of students wishing to continue their education past an undergraduate level, meaning that a masters or doctoral degree is too often closed to those without independent financial means.
Our aim over the coming years is to increase the number of graduate scholarships that Merton offers. The College is made up of roughly equal numbers of undergraduate and graduate students, but Merton struggles to compete with the provision of scholarships offered at the US Ivy League Institutions. A gift to Graduate Scholarships will not only benefit talented students who might otherwise struggle to fund themselves, but will also help us maintain the College's postion as a centre of academic excellence on the world stage.
Donate to Graduate Scholarships
For more information on our fundraising priorities, please contact:
- Duncan Barker - Development Director - Telephone: + 44 (0) 1865 276307