I have posted below on the devastating impact on University Adult Education of the decision to cut £100 million a year through the non-funding of people wanting to study for equal and lower qualifications (now known by the bureaucrats as ELQs - pronounced Elks - yuk!). After attending a meeting called by the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning at Warwick on Wednesday the full impact across the sector became clearer. Ironically, the knock-on effects of this cut will be catastrophic for all the things the government wants to see most - flexibility, re-skilling, employer engagement, community involvement, widening participation etc. It will simply reinforce a narrow conception of higher education as a progression route for school-leavers. It is a terrible and unnecessary decision.
Please support the campaign against the proposal by signing the petition here.