John Denham, interviewed in the Guardian, talks about the source of expansion of student numbers in Higher Education saying,
They will be very different, they won't generally live away from home for three years, they will often study part time rather than full time...
I would be tempted to suggest that this is an exercise in post-modernist irony as funding policy is decisively slanted to discriminate precisely against this group. But then it becomes clear what is meant:
Around 30,000 new places will be co-funded by employers as part of the plan, which aims to refocus the culture and purpose of higher education.
Undergraduates on the new business-focussed courses will be expected to complete work experience as part of their degree. They will study for two intensive years, rather than over three years with long holidays.
So the fetishising of business continues at the expense of adult learners studying what they want, whilst the reality in adult education is rather neatly displayed in this piece. And do I really want my culture refocused?
It is worth reading Harry Barnes here. Old adult educationalists never lose their commitment to the cause. Having worked in adult education for 25 years, I would say that it can be astonishingly moving and humbling and for it to be so under-appreciated is heartbreaking.