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Policy and Public Affairs

Cardiff BayThrough our policy and public affairs work we seek to ensure that higher education policy in Wales supports the needs of part-time learners.

We do this by building and strengthening relationships with Welsh Government Ministers and officials, Assembly Members, and other stakeholders such as the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and Universities Wales


Part-time Matters: Higher Education that works for Wales

Part-time higher education changes lives and makes a major contribution to the Welsh economy.  But the number of part-time students is in decline and fewer courses are being offered. To enable Wales to thrive economically and socially we must ensure that the door to part-time higher education remains open.

Part-time Matters - Higher Education that works for WalesThat’s why we have set out seven ways that politicians and other decision makers in Wales can support part-time higher education:

  • Parity of esteem for full and part-time higher education
  • A sustainable funding system
  • Enhance part-time study opportunities in employment
  • Support for widening access initiatives
  • Improve information, advice and guidance on part-time study options
  • Loans for postgraduate study
  • Encourage digital innovation in higher education and online learning

Find out more about each of these in our Part-time Matters summary document or read our full briefing paper

Consultation Responses and Briefing Papers

Alongside our policy work we also use meetings, events  and our media work to raise the profile of The Open University and part-time students’ issues in Wales. 

For more information about our Policy and Public Affairs work contact our Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Michelle Matheron