While the traditional three-year, full-time degree remains a crucial part of the university offer, there is an opportunity for the higher education sector to move towards a more flexible system that meets the needs of adult learners and reverses declines in the numbers of part-time and mature learners. A more flexible system would enable universities to better serve the needs of their local communities, as well as meeting emerging national and global priorities.
In 2018, in partnership with the CBI, we set out key recommendations on how the barriers to more flexible learning opportunities in higher education could be addressed. We are now focusing on how funding and regulatory changes to the higher education system would work to improve flexible access to higher education for adults.
UUK is calling for the introduction of a pilot scheme that will test how modular funding could address local skills gaps, with a view to bringing about longer-term change to the higher education system.
We are keen to hear from a diversity of stakeholders to ensure that we draw on a broad range of views, ideas and expertise. We are calling for organisations and individuals with an interest in adult learning and a more flexible higher education system to submit their views.
We are keen to hear from a wide range of stakeholders, including, but not limited to: