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Thread: PLS DOES BREXIT AFFECT M RESEARCH?

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24-Jun-16, 12:25
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Hi Onyx

I wouldn't worry - 'Brexit' won't actually happen until at least October 2018 - and that's assuming the decision is formally made by the new Prime Minister immediately after the Conservative Party conference *and* that the process only takes the standard two year period allowed by the European Council (this can be extended).

As for your research, it sounds to me like your topic is still valid. You're looking at the results of interactions between different legal systems - even if those results change in future, you've still examined an important process. It's possible that your work may actually become more relevant or topical.

Thread: Postgrads & the EU Referendum

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15-Jun-16, 15:54
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Of course it is - welcome, even.

And yes, it's difficult to predict the future and we should be wary of over-simplifying any of this.

That said, so long as the UK is an EU member the 'dynamism' of its politics are limited with respect to discrimination within fee and funding arrangements.

Postgraduate fees aren't directly regulated by government and universities are free to raise them. What they can't do is charge an EU student any more than a UK student - and there's nothing the government can do about that.

The situation with loans is similar. No future UK government can remove EU students' entitlement to public student funding whilst the UK is still a member. It can alter the postgraduate loans scheme itself, of course, but it can't discriminate within it.

By the same token, EU countries could introduce or raise fees, but they wouldn't be able to charge extra to UK students except in certain circumstances (the Czech Republic, for example, does charge - but only for courses that aren't in Czech).

Thread: Postgrads & the EU Referendum

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Thanks - it is in theory and should be in practice. I can't personally see a scenario in which the UK ceases to participate - that wouldn't make sense from anyone's pov.

Thread: Postgrads & the EU Referendum

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15-Jun-16, 13:31
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I know, I know - it's hardly the most exciting topic. But we've had a look at the ref' from a PG perspective over at FindAMasters & FindAPhD and think the topic is fairly important if you're considering a postgraduate degree.

Feel free to take a look / share / disagree / ignore completely:
Also, as you can probably see, we have a shiny new blog over on the 'Masters & 'PhD sites. You're a knowledgeable and helpful bunch. We're open to contributions.

Cheers!

Mark

Thread: Maintenance Loan

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25-Apr-16, 12:53
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Not sure if you're referring to the Postgrad' Student Loans being introduced this year? If so, I'm afraid not - those are currently only being offered for full Masters degrees.

More info in our guide over at FindAMasters, if helpful:

Thread: Postgraduate Goverement Loan (NEW SCHEME UK)

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08-Apr-16, 10:57
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Hi DinosRetsas

I think you may actually have emailed us with this query - see my reply if so.

But to sum up - yes, you should be eligible as an EU student. The only question will be whether your 5 year degree is equivalent to a UK Masters. If it *isn't* you'll be able to get a loan.

Hope that helps a bit!

Mark

Thread: UK Universities to beat Brexit with offshore campus?

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01-Apr-16, 11:28
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I did try this on a member of professional services at a UK uni yesterday (can't say which one) and they were intrigued until they read that Mary Rose was consulting.

Actual PhD-related April Fools are just cruel!

Thread: UK Universities to beat Brexit with offshore campus?

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01-Apr-16, 11:24
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Drat. We thought we'd convince people when we photo-shopped a 'redbrick' onto an oil rig ;)

Professor Birdseye though...

Thread: UK Universities to beat Brexit with offshore campus?

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01-Apr-16, 10:50
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Not sure if you guys have seen this news story...

Thread: Mobile version of this forum or App?

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24-Mar-16, 12:26
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Hi Hugh.

It's certainly something I can pass on to our IT team. So I have!

Thread: Postgraduate Goverement Loan (NEW SCHEME UK)

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22-Mar-16, 10:12
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I'm afraid I can't speak for the British Council, but they aren't directly responsible for these loans.

The British Council works to support international students in the UK. As part of that they administer scholarships for students from different countries - and may be able to help you secure funding as a Greek student.

The Postgraduate Masters Loans are separate to this. They're essentially a form of public funding in which the UK government lends money to UK students to help pay for their education. EU students are also eligible for the loans as a condition of the UK's EU membership.

The Masters loans don't actually come in separate fee and maintenance amounts. Students can simply borrow up to £10,000, subject to the eligibility criteria discussed.

I'm not a representative of the UK government, but I am responsible for all of the loan information on the FindAMasters website and have had meetings with the Student Loans Company. To the best of my knowledge, you'll only be eligible for a postgraduate Masters loan as an EU student if you study your Masters in England.

I'll be in touch if I hear anything else.

Thread: Postgraduate Goverement Loan (NEW SCHEME UK)

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22-Mar-16, 09:12
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Well, the example there is for an EU national who doesn't qualify as English-resident. They therefore can't study outside of England.

In terms of living outside Greece, but attending classes, I suspect you'd have to give an English residence when applying for the loan and / or the course. I don't know how rigorously this would be checked, but wouldn't advise giving any false information.

More information about the loans is gradually being confirmed - I'll send you a message if / when I hear of any changes to distance learning criteria for EU students.

Thread: Postgraduate Goverement Loan (NEW SCHEME UK)

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21-Mar-16, 16:56
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Yes - distance learning courses are eligible as described in the 2015 consultation response. However, the criteria for UK and EU students differ. Distance learning outside England is only an option for students who ordinarily qualify as English resident.

The most recent information on this was published by the Student Loans Company in a Residency FAQ, available here:
As per the third page:

"Do EU students need to study in England
to be eligible for PG funding?

For those EU students who have been
ordinarily resident anywhere in the EEA /
Switzerland for the past three years but
do not meet the requirements to be
assessed as English domiciled students,
must attend the course (or undertake the
course where they are distance learning)
in England."

Hope that helps clear things up.

Thread: Postgraduate Goverement Loan (NEW SCHEME UK)

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21-Mar-16, 14:54
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Hi Physiogr

Content in our guide is all based on official information. UK students can take out a loan to study anywhere in the UK and can study abroad for up to 50% of the course. EU students can take out a loan to study in England, but must be resident there - the funding is primarily intended to support postgraduates in the UK.

Hope that helps a bit - not sure which council you've spoken to - do you mean *the* British Council? Or a branch of local government?

Thread: Postgraduate Goverement Loan (NEW SCHEME UK)

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21-Mar-16, 09:46
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Hi physiogr

I'm afraid the loans are only available for study in the UK. You're eligible as an EU student, but you'd have to live and study in England.

Hope that helps clear things up - lots more info in our guide:
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