Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Study Will Press for Solutions to Part-Time Slump: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Study Will Press for Solutions to Part-Time Slump: News

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A government-funded study on the dramatic decline of part-time higher education will aim to redress perceived failings of the sector's own report on the problem, one of its authors has said.

John Storan, director of Continuum, the Centre for Widening Participation Policy Studies at the University of East London, said a previous study into the issue by Universities UK had been "short on answers". From 2010- 11 to 2012-13 there was a 37 per cent drop in the number of part-time students.

The UUK report released in October warned that this fall was set to continue and called for an "urgent" push to promote part-time study.

But The Power of Part-time: Review of Part-time and Mature Higher Education, led by Sir Eric Thomas, vice-chancellor of the University of Bristol, stopped short of calling for an end to the equivalent or lower qualifications rule, which in 2008-09 ended funding for students taking second degrees.

Speaking at the Association of Colleges (AoC) annual conference in Birmingham on 20 November, Professor Storan said the report had been "great on analysis but short on answers". …

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