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1 Linking London Lifelong Learning Network Workshop, Part-Time Higher Education: Making it Work in Times of Austerity Professor John Annette, Pro Vice Master for Lifelong Learning and Engagement, Birkbeck College, University of London

2 Sir Howard Newby Colin Bell Memorial Lecture Moreover as higher education moves from being a once in a lifetime opportunity to a lifelong requirement which needs to be refreshed and updated across a lifetime, so it needs to be delivered in a more student-centered form- part-time as well as full-time, in the workplace, on-line, via distance learning and so forth. Despite much progress over the last decade in recognising the importance of lifelong learning, we are still some way from following through the implications.

3 Widening participation will mean more than just persuading a greater proportion of non- traditional students to apply for university; it will mean adapting the content and delivery of higher education to make it more relevant to their needs. Sir Howard Newby Colin Bell Memorial Lecture

4 Where are we now in 2011? Knowns/ Known Unknowns / Unknown Unkowns…. Browne Review (Logical but Limited World View…Principles of the Free Market) End of HEFCE funding for Humanities and Social Sciences and Sciences- FUNDEMENTAL SHIFT Comprehensive Spending Review (Free Market or is it?) Tuition Fee Increases- £6000 to £9000 – Simon Hughes as LIB DEM salesman… White Paper in 2011 When?

5 Where are we in 2011? End of Aim Higher? End of Lifelong Learning Networks? End of Sector Skills Councils? Cuts to CONNEXIONS Service End of EMAs for progression to higher education? Reduction in financial support for Access Programmes? New support 2013? End of HEFCE, QAA and OFFA into a new Higher Education Council?

6 Tuition Fee Increases Income is based on fee income? No HEFCE funding or ASNs but is it a free market? What controls? Differential markets- £6k vs £9k institutions? £7,500 to break even…. Private Sector Providers offering competition Foreign Universities providing competition FE Institutions charging £5k or less?

7 Financial Support Loans-KEY SUCCESS but what will be the eligibility criteria and what will be the terms for repayment for those in work Access and Success Fund (ASF) This will replace wp funding. Details in the White Paper National Scholarship Programme (NSP) – OFFA needs for Access Agreements for £150 million? Will Part-time Students be eligible?

8 Financial Support (2) Widening Participation Access Agreements- monitoring/policing how HEIs charging higher fees ensure widening participation. Problem of limited definition of widening participation in terms of youth participation and free school meals

9 Key New Developments By 2014 UCAS sole entry point for full-time/ part- time students-means to control numbers? (NB. Linking London pilot programmes) Student Experience – Student Charters and customer relations IAG and Key Information Sets Graduate Employability- evidence in Key Information sets Beacons for Public Engagement-Volunteering Opportunities and Graduate Employability

10 New Developments? ELQ is no longer relevant Will 18 year olds increasingly study pt? Will the unemployed seek cpd opportunities and even new qualifications? Will HEIs and FECs seek even more diverse income streams? Will we need to become more commercial in our activities? IAG as a social enterprise?

11 What ever happened to…..? Leitch Agenda and Employer Engagement? Co-funded ASNs? Foundation Degrees and fdf…?

12 IAG and PT HE Need for standardised information (UCAS but not until 2014?) Need for financial Information- loans, etc Need for careers information How to combine modes of PT study from classroom to work based learning Support for combining study and work Support for combining study and life

13 Whatever happened to the Learning Age? ( ) In The Learning Age: a renaissance for new Britain, the governments Green Paper published in 1998, the then Education Secretary, David Blunkett, stressed the hopes of and for lifelong learning:The Learning Age: a renaissance for new Britain Learning has a wider contribution. It helps made ours a civilised society, develops the spiritual side of our lives and promotes active citizenship. Learning enables people to play a full part in their community. It strengthens the family, the neighbourhood and consequently the nation. What will the new White Paper have to say?


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