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Helping you to help your adult learners

If you are an employer or if you work with adult learners in Wales, you’ll have an interest in training, developing and upskilling the people you work with.

Funding to support higher education has changed. From September, the new system in Wales will support adult part-time learners on the same level as younger full-time learners.

This is a great opportunity for adults in Wales to get back into, or progress their learning.

  • Students could get up to £4,500 funding towards living costs on our part-time courses.
  • This is a great opportunity for adults in Wales to get back into, or progress their learning.

As Wales’ largest provider of part-time undergraduate study, we know a lot about the many and varied barriers people may have to studying part-time.  We know that part-time students are more debt averse than younger full-time counterparts – many have mortgages, receive benefits, have existing debts and commitments, or are supporting their own children through university.  Plus there are other issues like lack of confidence, little previous study or qualifications, support in taking that first step to university that many of our students face.

The new student support package will make a significant difference to those who may have previously ruled out HE on financial grounds and in particular those who would like to stay where they are and study part-time. But the challenge now is to spread the word.  We must work together to ensure that all adult learners who could benefit from this opportunity are aware of it.

We have developed several ways you can find out more about these opportunities for your learners

1. Request a literature pack

Email wales-events@open.ac.uk with your name, the postal address and quantity you require. We'll send you literature for your learners about the new funding package.

2. Online

Download our Partners guide to New Student Funding

Further  details about financial support for students

What can you study with the OU?                                         

How does flexible part-time study work?                                          

How does an OU degree boost employability?

Also new for 2018/19

£5000 bursary available for a part-time masters degree

For eligible students with a household income below £25,000, starting their masters study in 2018/19, a £5000 postgraduate bursary is available to help with living costs and other study related expenses.

Further information about the Wales postgraduate bursary.

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For more information

About our work or to discuss partnership opportunities please contact us :

wales-partnerships@open.ac.uk