The National Co-ordination Team for Widening Participation and Access to Higher Education

Part-time HE?

Les Ebdon: crucial to support part-time higher education

We welcome Les Ebdon’s plea for more action to rectify the parlous situation regarding part-time study. There has been a gradual decline in part-time enrolments in England over the past decade. But, recently, the falls have been very dramatic. A reminder of the numbers! Between 2010/11 and 2014/15, the number of UK and EU part-time undergraduate entrants at HEFCE-funded English higher education providers 17 plummeted by 143,000, a decrease of 55 per cent. Last year alone, the numbers dropped by 10 per cent. Consequently, by 2014/15 part-timers made up only 23 per cent of all undergraduate entrants compared to 40 per cent in 2010/11.

See also the recent HEPI/OU collection of fascinating essays “It’s the finance stupid!” or see below in ‘What’s still current’.