support the positive direction of travel that they represent in relation to
government policy towards part-time study, along with recent announcements to
relax restrictions on access to student finance for students wanting to study a
second degree in selected STEM subjects, and the commitment to provide a
part-time student premium through the HEFCE teaching grant.
On 7 November 2016 the Department for Education published a consultation setting out proposals for the introduction of maintenance loans for undergraduate part-times study, to be introduced in 2018-19. The consultation set out proposals for design income contingent loans, focusing on loan terms, course and individual eligibility and implementation.