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Tuesday, 10th November 2015

UK: Itís the Finance, Stupid! The Decline of Part-time Higher Education and What to do about it

Source: Higher Education Policy Institute(UK)

From the Foreword:

The fall in part-time student numbers is clearly partly – possibly mainly – associated with the changes to student finance, hence the title of this collection. Part-time numbers have fallen more in England than other parts of the UK with lower (or no) fees, but it is not the sole cause. The decline began before the £9,000 fees were introduced. Any solution is likely to rest upon innovative delivery methods and other ways of improving access as much as relying on tweaks to the entitlement for financial support.

The chapters that follow analyse the problem and make some constructive suggestions. They are wide-ranging in approach,focusing not only on part-time undergraduate courses but also part-time non-credit, sub-degree and postgraduate courses.


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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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