Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning

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Funding, Fees, and the Future of widening participation and lifelong learning

In England, acquiescence to the argument that university represents a private good accruing to the individual have supported the current position of a politically agreed tripling of university tuition fees, compounding the effect of severe cuts to universities’ teaching grants.

A UK coalition government has approved in principle sharp rises in tuition fees, and in response current and future students and lecturers have protested widely, illustrating the emphatic emotional response to such a decision. This journal however seeks sober and balanced evidence and scholarly argument, on the possible effects of these changes, and similar changes to higher education across the globe. We seek international evidence – as US state funds run dry; as the introduction of tuition fees in areas of Germany begins to take effect; as some Euro-zone nations prepare to enter protracted periods of austerity in public spending; and as global economic pressures create chaos and uncertainty for all.

International papers are invited from policy makers, researchers, academics and practitioners that address the themes that will be explored in a special issue of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning to be published in Spring 2011 to coincide with the release of the United Kingdom Higher Education White Paper.

Papers will be accepted up to 21 January 2011. Full details of the journal can be found at www.open.ac.uk/wpll-journal. Submissions should be sent electronically to wpll-journal@open.ac.uk and include full contact details of the lead author.

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