I was in London yesterday for another meeting of the UALL campaign against the changes to funding that threaten University adult education. The one thing that has surprised us is how successful the campaign has been. Something that both the Government and those of us who work in the system thought would go through unnoticed has become a very uncomfortable issue, with a Select Committee inquiry taking place this coming Thursday.
Dave Osler joins the protests here, and for comprehensive links I suggest you look at the web sites run by Open University students opposed to the policy here and here. Sign the petition as well, if you haven't already done so. Of course we are not alone. George Szirtes writes of the Arts Council cuts here. These are curious times.
And now George Szirtes has signed the petition. He writes:
Once you begin to wonder what mature students are doing for the economy you may as well shut any course that does not lead directly into business or industry.
But then you may as well shut down your tap root into humanity.