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The Lost Story of Part-time Higher Education

10th June 2021 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

The Lost Story of Part-time Higher Education

About the June Forum

Presented by: Adam Matthews

In an environment dominated by flexible access to all manner of products and services afforded by digital technologies where a taxi, a film and the latest news is at the tap of an app, why then are part-time flexible undergraduate students in decline? There are some obvious answers: the raising of tuition fees and the equivalent or lower qualification policy.

In this talk, Adam Matthews will look at several other perspectives as to why access to a part-time undergraduate degree may be in decline. Focusing on a recent study in which Adam and Dr Ben Kotzee analysed UK undergraduate prospectuses to look at how universities themselves promoted part-time options, this talk will look at the more discursive construction and promotion of ‘part-time’.

Going beyond numbers and policy Adam will explore the popular culture high point of part-time in the 1960s and 70s and discuss some of the more recent digital education flexible study options such as MOOCs and microcredentials.

About the Presenter

Doctoral researcher, University of Birmingham.

About Vaughan Open Research Forum

Vaughan Open Research Forum is series of talks, workshops and interactive sessions which are open to anyone who is curious and wants to find out more.

Themes for sessions relate to our core teaching topics, arts, humanities, social sciences and counselling, and also discuss adult education and co-operative issues. The Vaughan Open Research Forums take place on the second Thursday of the month.


Due to social distancing measures, this session will take place via video conference. Please register below.

The video conference will run from 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Details will be sent on the day via Eventbrite to people who have registered. 

The Lost Story of Part-time Higher Education

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