Hundreds of courses face the axe – despite the push for universities to retrain the unemployed

UK“This summer, universities across England will axe hundreds of courses, mostly those aimed at people from the local area, and those that retrain people for a new career. Manchester University’s courses for the public, which have 1,000 students every term, will close their doors, as will Reading University’s public programmes. Other universities will stop teaching courses that largely have a non-traditional intake – older students who may already have a qualification in another subject. It is the result of a decision by ministers in 2007 to refuse funding for anyone who already has a qualification of equal status, referred to as ELQ (equivalent and lower qualification) students. It means, for example, that anyone with a first degree (BA) who wants to take a BA in another subject will have to pay full fees – making this a luxury for the very rich only …” (more)

[Francis Beckett, Guardian, 31 March]

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