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ERIC Number: EJ956964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
"I've Always Believed in Second or Third Chance Education"
Stanistreet, Paul
Adults Learning, v23 n2 p16-19 Win 2011
Few university leaders can speak with as much authority about the transformative power of learning as Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lincoln. She knows first-hand both what it is like to be poor and down on her luck and how "second chance" education and a willingness to work hard and take risks can turn lives around. Stuart is passionate about opportunity and believes that some of the government's reforms to the sector, particularly the introduction of tuition fee loans for part-time students, are potentially good news for mature students. The level of public understanding of the policy, however, concerns her. There is a wider crisis of public understanding of higher education, Stuart suggests, one which the government's recent HE White Paper, "Students at the heart of the system," does little to address. Public understanding of what universities actually do, and what the public benefits are, broke down some time ago. Stuart contends that there will be fewer and fewer mature students taking the adult returner route unless a better way of communicating the costs and benefits of higher study to adults can be found.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom