Lost learners

Between the academic years 2010–11 and 2016–17, the number of people studying part time at UK universities fell by 37%, with those students studying undergraduate courses part time falling by 47%.

This report, part of Universities UK's work on flexible learning, explores the socio-economic profile of 'lost learners' – prospective students who have considered, but not pursued, part-time higher education since 2010.

Several reports are available in this series:



News

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Universities demand answers from government on student returns

7 April 2021
Universities and up to a million students were eagerly awaiting the government’s latest roadmap announcement, in anticipation that they would be able to return to safe, socially-distanced in-person teaching and learning from 12 April.

Women studying outside

Government must not take students’ resilience for granted

26 March 2021
UUK has urged the government not to ignore the needs of over a million university students when deciding how to further ease lockdown restrictions in England.

Blog

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Student reviews tell the story of 2020

1 March 2021
​After studying more than 16,000 student reviews, Paul Humphreys, Founder and CEO at StudentCrowd, looks at how students have been experiencing university this year.

Two people are sitting next to each other at a computer, one is teaching the other a new skill

Laying the foundations for a skills-led recovery

29 January 2021
​Following the publication of the UK government’s Skills for jobs white paper, Greg Wade, UUK’s policy lead on innovation, growth, employability and skills, studies its proposals and makes the case for a ‘whole skills approach’.