Universities UK has released a new report, The future is more than just tomorrow: Higher education, the economy and the longer term. This is part of a series of such reports looking at the impact of the recession and public funding cuts on HE.
The report, written by Prof Graeme Crossick, the Vice Chancellor of the University of London, is significant for the Mature and Part-time students' campaign as it predicts ever greater numbers of part-time and distance learning students, potentially at the expense of the 'traditional' student:
Prof Crossick argues, "the model for delivering higher education that has been inherited from a past when it was available to very few is one that is no longer financially sustainable. Nor is it educationally sustainable, as flexible models of part-time study and work-based learning will be ever more appropriate to the kinds of skilling and re-skilling needed in a rapidly-changing economy. Distance learning will be a part of the solution, though any major expansion of that will need to accommodate the distinctive and very marketable qualities of the UK graduate."
Read the full report at the link above.