Responding to the publication of Professor Sir Ian Diamond’s review of higher education funding and student support in Wales, Hannah Pudner, Assistant Director at The Open University in Wales, said:
“While we are still working through the detail of the report, The Open University in Wales warmly welcomes the recommendations in the report concerning part-time funding and support for part-time students.
“We believe that the recommendations offer a fair and sustainable funding system for part-time higher education in Wales which is something we have been calling for in recent years. We are pleased to see the recommendation that institutions should be supported to keep fees at a moderate level for part-time courses in order to incentivise part-time study alongside the recommendations on support for living costs for part-time students.
“We also welcome the proposals to retain fee loans for part-time study and, importantly, the recommendation that support for part-time students should not be restricted by credit thresholds or prior study.
“There is now an important opportunity for the Welsh Government to implement these recommendations and create a higher education funding system that supports and incentivises part-time study; this will work for learners, employers and providers and will have a significant impact on the Welsh economy and the lives of individuals in Wales.
“We hope the Cabinet Secretary will implement the review’s recommendations in full at the earliest possible opportunity to avoid any further decline in the number of part-time students in Wales.”
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