Call for more flexible study

Universities should make their courses more flexible to allow students to
carry on studying while they are in work, employment minister Malcolm Wicks has
said.

Speaking to the Universities’ Association of Continuing Education at Royal
Holloway College, Wicks told delegates that people should be able to study for
a degree without giving up their jobs.

He said, "The prospect of studying full-time for three years can be too
great a commitment for people already in work and who do not want to break the
financial and career pattern they have already established."

Student numbers in 2001-02 will be up by 100,000 compared with 1997-98,
Wicks said.

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