PhD fact file

August 21, 1998

The number of British students starting a PhD at a UK university dropped by 15 per cent between October 1994 and 1996, to 5,472, according to recent figures from the Office of Science and Technology. Academics are concerned that when fees are introduced and maintenance grants scrapped, students will have accumulated too much debt to be able to stay on for a PhD.

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