27 Nov 2017
MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (27 November) commented on the UCAS End of Cycle Report 2017.
Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:
“Studying for a degree remains one of the best decisions that young people can make in terms of their future life-chances. The record number of 18-year-olds accepting places at universities and colleges is to be warmly welcomed and will bring wider benefits to society and the economy in future years.
“However, university is not just for young people. The further decline in mature students suggests that what started as a downturn is now a crisis which Ministers need to address if their laudable ambitions of improving social mobility are to be fulfilled. New technology and an ever-changing labour market also mean that the UK must have education systems that are fit for purpose and provide new opportunities to those already in work to retrain and improve their qualifications.
“MillionPlus and the Office for Fair Access are already working on a report to review the experience of mature students which will be published early next year. Our recommendations will help to map a way forward to address the damaging downturn in the number of mature students which is limiting the talent pool that the country will need in the 21st century but also the life-chances of older people.”
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