Warning on loss of part-time studentsBBC News.
Peter Horrocks is calling for part-time higher education to be made a much higher priority. There has been a 37% decline in UK part-time students in the past five years, Horrocks says. The Open University head says he wants universities, employers and the government to "break down barriers" for part-time study.
Horrocks, who was formerly the director of the BBC World Service, is using his inaugural speech as vice-chancellor to highlight worries about the sharp fall in part-time students. When tuition fees were increased in England's universities, applications fell across the higher education sector. But while applications for full-time undergraduate courses bounced back, applications for part-time courses and from mature students have not recovered.
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