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Higher education policy in Scotland and the implications for part-time study

Cannell, Pete and Thomson, Joan (2012). Higher education policy in Scotland and the implications for part-time study. In: SRHE Annual Research Conference 2012: What is Higher Education for? Shared and contested ambitions, 12-14 Dec 2012, Celtic Manor, Newport, South Wales, UK.

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The Scottish Government have initiated a major reform of post-16 education with a stated aim of increased flexibility for learners, including more part-time provision. The Open University is the largest provider of part-time higher education (HE) in Scotland and evidence gathered from students who have studied in the college sector suggests that part-time learners value the flexibility of part-time study that allows them to repeat study at the same level or start at a lower level or change subject from previous study. This paper explores the policy changes being made and questions if this flexibility will be maintained for part-time learners in a climate of efficiency savings in HE provision? Will adequate opportunities be made available for them? Will further incentives be put in place to encourage more part-time learning?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Authors
Keywords: post-16; articulation; transition; learner journey; further education
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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Item ID: 38007
Depositing User: Joan Thomson
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2013 08:33
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2018 09:02
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