Bim Afolami: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department’s review of higher education will include part-time higher education and learning and earning.
Jo Johnson: Studying part-time and later in life can bring enormous benefits for individuals, the economy and employers. That is why the Government has taken steps to help hardworking people who want to gain new skills and advance their careers by studying part-time. These measures include offering financial support in the form of loans to cover fees and, from 2018/19, maintenance costs. We have also enshrined in law the need for the new higher education sector regulator, the Office for Students, to have regard for part-time study.
The government will set out further details of the review in due course.