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Through 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, Members of the Senedd, 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 brochure

That’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

We are pleased to see many of these issues addressed in the Welsh Government’s Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance Arrangements in Wales but there is still more that can be done to protect and promote part-time higher education.

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

Find out more about our policy work from our consultation responses and publications.

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. 


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For more information

Cerith Rhys-Jones
External Affairs Manager