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Tuition fees have put off 40,000 potential part-time students

TUITION fee increases have led to more than 40,000 “lost” potential part-time students, the Sutton Trust reported yesterday.

Research by the trust shows that between 2010 and 2015 the number of part-time students in England declined by more than 50 per cent.

The biggest drop has been among the over-35s, which the report warns has consequences for equality and social mobility.

Shadow higher education minister Gordon Marsden said this is “evidence of the Tories’ neglect of those who do not follow traditional routes into higher education.”

Part-time study provides opportunities for those who work or have family responsibilities.

“The tripling of tuition fees by the Tory-led coalition government has had a serious impact on potential part-time students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and has held people and our economy back,” Mr Marsden said.

“The government’s market-driven approach to higher education is failing.”

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