This is so true:

“Mature students are not studying as a leisure activity,” he said. “We found that they are actually more ambitious and career-focused than younger students.”

Most mature students are a delight to teach, as they know why they are there, know how to apply the skills of the workplace or managing a home, etc to the demands of study. However, support for lifelong learning doesn’t entirely seem to be there:

The OECD report that accompanied the strategy launch stresses the need for people to keep learning throughout their lives. Skills can otherwise “depreciate” as labour markets change and individuals forget those they do not use, it says.

As university itself costs more and more, what impact is that going to have upon postgraduate studies?

Chris Hearn, head of education at Barclays Corporate, told THE that the bank had been speaking to BIS and universities about how to help the first cohort of graduates to leave university under the higher undergraduate fee regime in 2015.

“What is their appetite going to be to then go into postgraduate study, especially taught postgraduate study?” he said.

A couple of stories in Times Higher Education demonstrate worrying changes in funding that could affect that:

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