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1 1 Mature part-time students Background, motivation and benefits of study Anne Jamieson Birkbeck College BILL Seminar 15 March 2005

2 2 THE STUDY POPULATION AND RESPONSE RATES Questionnaires to 600 undergraduate finalists in September 03 and to 1,000 post-graduates and 1,100Certificate/Diploma graduates in January 04. Questionnaires to 600 undergraduate finalists in September 03 and to 1,000 post-graduates and 1,100Certificate/Diploma graduates in January 04. Response: Response: 356 Undergraduates (UGs) (59% response rate) 356 Undergraduates (UGs) (59% response rate) 589 Post-graduates (PGs) ( 59% response rate) 589 Post-graduates (PGs) ( 59% response rate) 594 Certificate and Diploma graduates (CEs) (54% response rate) 594 Certificate and Diploma graduates (CEs) (54% response rate) Overall response rate was 58% Overall response rate was 58%

3 3 WHO ARE THE STUDENTS? WHO ARE THE STUDENTS? Levels of study: Birkbeck students study at all levels, from pre-degree (Extra-Mural Certificates) to post-graduate levels. Birkbeck students study at all levels, from pre-degree (Extra-Mural Certificates) to post-graduate levels. Almost twice as many post-graduates as undergraduates. Almost twice as many post-graduates as undergraduates. Largest number of students are in the Faculty of Continuing Education Certificate (CE) Extra-Mural Certificate/Diplomas Largest number of students are in the Faculty of Continuing Education Certificate (CE) Extra-Mural Certificate/Diplomas

4 4 Subjects of study Wide range, though emphasis on humanities and social sciences. Arts&humanties: About 40% Social Sciences: About 30% Business, admin.and law: About 20% Sciences: About 10%

5 5 Sex % UGPGCETotal Male Female Women are over- represented in responses, particularly for post-graduates

6 6 Age % Age:UGPGCETotal 25 and under – Not stated Total % 61 and over

7 7 Ethnic origin: 78% describe themselves as White (highest proportion for PGs (83%) 8%---Black/Black British (highest proportion for UGs (12%) 4%---Asian/Asian British

8 8 Occupational status Self-reported occupational status: 58% either senior or middle professional/managerial positions (70% of PG) 58% either senior or middle professional/managerial positions (70% of PG) 16% technical or skilled non-manual or skilled manual or partly/unskilled 16% technical or skilled non-manual or skilled manual or partly/unskilled 13% not in work 13% not in work 13% unstated 13% unstated

9 9 Employment status % CurrentAt start Full-time empl. 55 *57 Part-time empl Self-employed. 8 6 Unemployed 3 2 Retired 7 ** 5 Family 5 4 F-t. student 3 - *65% of PG **13% of CE

10 10 Motivation All reasons compared % very strong or quite strong reason : Work relatedOther help current job 30Interested in subject94 get a job27personal development85 job satisfaction38meet people29 change job51get qualification71 get a rise29qual. for future course41 get promotion16 different job38 employer requir.5

11 11 Total UGPGCE To help current job To get a job To make job more satisfying To change job To get a rise To get promotion To get job w. diff.employer diff.employer Employer requirement

12 12 Related to occupation? 35%: to a great extent/some extent 50% of PG 20% UG 31% CE Next five years: 70% (Between 90% and 60% depending on subject)

13 13 Other reasons for study % total UGPGCE Subject interest Personal dev Meet people Qualification Qual. Further study

14 14 Who pays fees? % AllUGPGCE Student Employer Shared (Remainder: others or not stated)

15 15 Significant additional costs Equipment/books67% Equipment/books67% Travel40% Travel40% No other costs20% No other costs20% Loss of wages/salary16% (22% UG) Loss of wages/salary16% (22% UG) Child/other care 4% Child/other care 4%

16 16 OUTCOMES Skills improved greatly or somewhat Research77% (UG: 88%) Research77% (UG: 88%) Writing68%(UG: 84%) Writing68%(UG: 84%) Oral com.66%(UG: 79%) Oral com.66%(UG: 79%) Creativity57%(UG: 67%) Creativity57%(UG: 67%) Time mgt.55%(UG: 67%) Time mgt.55%(UG: 67%) Teamwork30% Teamwork30% Basic IT22% Basic IT22%

17 17 Employment related impact Overall: 60% said opportunities increased Actual changes: 15% new job (21% of PG) 8% promotion (12% of PG) 8% promotion (12% of PG) 33% work more satisfying (42% of PG)

18 18 Other benefits Recognised qual.83%(97% of UG) Further study37%(46% UG/CE) Enjoy learning more69%(78% UG) Met new people/ Friends80%

19 19 Impact: Personal Developed self as person: 84% Improved self-confidence: 68% Increased happiness: 67% (76% of UG)

20 20 Impact: Family Relations with spouse/partner: Improved: 16% Worse: 8% Relations with children: Improved for 22% and for 33% of parents ability to help childrens education improved Relations with friends: Improved: 24%Worse: 8%

21 21 Community involvement Voting behaviour Before Birkbeck: 80% yes19% no 48% of under 25s 90%+ of over 60s More likely now: 12% 38% of under 25s

22 22 Future work Further analysis – individual centred cluster analysis Further analysis – individual centred cluster analysis Wave 2: Interviews with selected sample Wave 2: Interviews with selected sample Wave 3: 3 year postal follow-up survey Wave 3: 3 year postal follow-up survey


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