Part-time undergraduates in higher education: a literature review

by Claire Callender and Rayah Feldman

May 2009

This literature review was commissioned by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit and the Department for Innovation, Universities, and Skills as background to the Birkbeck, University of London and National Institute of Economic and Social Research project entitled Futuretrack: Part-time Students on the career decision-making and career development of HE students.

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Claire Callendar spoke at the recent conference Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning at the Open University, and presented some of the findings from the HECSU commissioned Futuretrack longitudinal study.

Claire’s conference paper – which can be found here – focussed on information, advice and guidance for part-time students, but the overall Futuretrack project covers a wider range of careers and employment issues for students and new undergraduates, both for full-time and part-time students. More information on the Futuretrack project can be found here.

This literature review provides an interesting background both to Clare’s conference paper and to the wider changes we are beginning to see in higher education. If the promises of the former government’s Higher Ambitions paper are still be be realised:

“the next phase of expansion in higher education will hinge on providing opportunities for different types of people to study in a wider range of ways than in the past. The focus will therefore be on a greater diversity of models of learning: part-time, work-based, foundation degrees, and studying whilst at home.” (Higher Ambitions Executive Summary, p.4)

research on part-time students and the part-time student experience is essential.

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