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Part-time student numbers plummet – thanks to government indifference

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Part-time study is the key to skilling the workforce and educating the disadvantaged. But it is not a priority for this government

The news this week that the number of people coming to university to study part-time has almost halved since 2010 may be shocking, but it is not surprising.

It has been clear for some time that part-time education is not a priority for this government. Those of us who work in part-time education do not feel optimistic about its future.

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In defence of the annoying mature age student | Stephen Owen

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You might think they’re a pain, but the mature-age students I prepare for university are thrilled to receive the intellectual nourishment they thought was reserved for others

Mature-age students are annoying, I know. I understand that when you’re 18 or 19, and already know everything, there’s not much of a reason to do the readings or show up to tutorials having prepared. I also understand that there are these old people in class who should be doing other things – maybe retiring, or dying so they can give their poor kids their overdue inheritance. They are eagerly asking questions (or worse, answering them) and generally being a nuisance.

Related: ‘I was worried that I wouldn’t fit in’ – how can universities better support mature students?

Related: A mature students’ survival guide

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