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UK Council for Graduate Education

The UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) is an educational charity which champions and enhances the provision of postgraduate education through its programmes of events, research, mentoring, and policy advocacy. It is a membership organisation comprised predominately of higher education institutions.

In 1993, Professor Robert Burgess convened a steering group to discuss the formation of a UK representative body for graduate education. This group was responding to the massification of higher education in the 1990s and the corresponding growth in postgraduate numbers, a growth later summarised by the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s 1996 report Review of Postgraduate Education (known as the Harris Report):

In 1979, for example, there were 100,900 pg [postgraduate] students in the UK compared with a total student population of 787,000 ...

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