In the Autumn Statement 2014, the Chancellor announced proposals to provide guaranteed financial support for students on taught Master’s programmes, of up to £10,000 repayable - as with the undergraduate loan system- when, and at a rate that, graduates can afford it.

Since then the proposal has been widened to extend support to postgraduate research students, where there is a similar benefit to individuals, universities and the economy.

The government is intending to offer loans in addition to grant funding, not as a replacement, as part of an on-going effort to broaden and strengthen support for postgraduate research.

As you might expect, the consultation document itself focusses mainly on the impact this will have on students and educational institutions, however there is a section of the document concerned with the impact this proposal will have on employers.

The questions in this survey are intended to collect your views on the impact on employers and payroll in particular.