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11.02.10. Two bodies vie to speak for postgrads

Since setting up a postgraduate committee last June, the National Union of Students has made a submission to the Government's review of postgraduate provision, undertaken a survey of doctoral students who teach, and held a national postgraduate conference. But despite the presence of the NUS body, the National Postgraduate Committee (NPC) is likely to continue to operate - with a different slant to its counterpart. The developments come as postgraduate numbers in the UK continue to rise. The number of postgraduates starting courses in 2007-08 was about 12 per cent higher than five years earlier, with the total figure at all stages of study swelling to more than half a million. Read more here