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12 Oct 2010

OU response to the Browne Review – a landmark day for part-time education in England

Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University

Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University

Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University said: “This is a landmark day for part-time higher education in England. The Browne Review marks the end of a two tier system which until now has disadvantaged part-time students. It signals the start of a new, modern era of higher education which promotes opportunity, flexibility, quality and the crucial role of part-time in delivering future economic growth and social mobility.

Under these recommendations the four in ten students who study part-time will have the same support for the cost of learning as full-time students for the first time.

As the Report makes clear “economic growth will rely upon people with high level skills and it is likely to be through part-time rather than full-time study that people already in the workforce will be able to retrain and prepare themselves for work in new industries”.

Government now has the opportunity to accept Lord Browne's recommendations and level the playing field between part-time and full-time. We hope they seize this historic moment."

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