Anger as adult education faces sharp decline: Number of mature students drops 40 per cent

The Sunday Express reports that tuition fees have helped send adult education into sharp decline as a raft of universities shut their “lifelong learning” departments.

The Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) says two thirds of university departments providing continuing education have closed within the past 20 years.

But the situation has worsened significantly in the past four years.

Professor Bill Jones, executive member of UALL, said: “The number of mature and part-time students at university has fallen by 40 per cent since 2012 when the £9,000 tuition fees were introduced.

“Once again university is becoming the preserve of 18 to 21-year-olds, effectively denying more mature students a second chance to access a university education.”

Universities at Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Hull, Lancaster, Exeter and Manchester are among those to have scaled back or shut their lifelong learning provision.

And many other universities are about to follow suit, including the University of Leicester which recently revealed plans to close its Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning.

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  1. MikesuziNZ

    SchoolsImprove Because they wouldn’t pass the ks 2 sats and the adult test would be difficult for Mr hawking!

  2. MrBlachford

    SchoolsImprove it’s time to reverse the disgrace that is tuition fees. Hilary Clinton has pledged to do so, will the UK follow?

  3. MrBlachford SchoolsImprove No chance.  Latest suggestion from former LibDem advisor who steered LibDems away from its tuition fees pledge advises arresting graduates who defaulted on their repayments while abroad at the border.  Would make selling the Student Loan book easier, apparently.  See my article

  4. Robertevans02

    GeoffreyPetty The decline in part time adult learners in FE, in England and Wales is even bigger. Will come back to haunt us.

  5. gov2

    Robertevans02 GeoffreyPetty  Not that there seem to be many part time FE adult classes remaining – possibly virtually none if you exclude plumbing and hairdressing.  Or perhaps that’s just where I live.

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