Press release

million+ calls for Chancellor to provide a ‘lifeline’ for part-time study

29 Oct 2015

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed a report published today (29 October) on part-time higher education from the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). million+ has submitted a series of proposals to the Treasury in advance of the November Spending Review which it says would offer ‘a life-line’ to part-time students and help small employers. 

Professor Dave Phoenix, Chair of million+ and Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University, said:

“HEPI’s report confirms that the UK’s long tradition of part-time higher education is now under threat. Universities do need to be more imaginative about how they deliver courses but all of the government’s funding drivers are focused on full-time and often assume that students are recruited directly from school or college. Raising fees to £9000 a year for full-time students with pro-rata fees and loans for part-time students has not helped.

“The November Spending Review offers the Chancellor the opportunity to make a difference. Giving part-time students access to maintenance loans, improving support for those who want to return to study part-time for a second degree or other higher level qualifications and providing small employers with a tax credit to encourage their employees to study for professional and technical qualifications, would provide a lifeline that would benefit individuals and the economy in the long run.”


Notes to Editor

1. For further information or to arrange an interview with Professor Dave Phoenix, contact million+ on: | 020 7717 1658

2. million+ is a leading university think-tank. More information can be found at

3. The HEPI report ‘It’s the finance, stupid! The decline of part-time higher education and what to do about it’ will be available on HEPI’s website on 29th October.

4. The million+ submission to the Spending Review 2015 sets out a series of specific measures to ensure that universities, employers, small businesses and individuals can respond to the government’s productivity agenda.