It’s excellent that universities oppose limits to schooling (Universities oppose prepare for scholar cap and loans in England, 9 May well). But when it comes to adult education and learning and lifelong studying, the difficulty is not just limits on personal loan access – it is financial debt by itself.
The disastrous collapse in part-time education in Britain triggered by the coalition government’s tripling of college costs was thanks to its denial that receiving into financial debt in afterwards everyday living is diverse from producing a everyday living option of regardless of whether to go to university aged 18. For grownup learners, it may well be a alternative in between having a mortgage to research or getting a spouse and children vacation that yr.
Analysis posted in Wonkhe this 7 days confirms assist for lifelong finding out, but not for forcing adult learners deeper into debt. As the Universities Affiliation for Lifelong Discovering explained in its reaction to the government’s consultation, the entitlement should be to lifelong finding out, not to receiving into personal debt. Funding needs to be built obtainable for more mature grownups to re-enter schooling – other than in the kind of financial loans.
Prof Jonathan Michie
Chair, Universities Association for Lifelong Learning