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Cut in funding for second degree graduates
Tuesday, 11 September 2007
University students hoping to continue in education by picking up a second degree will find it more difficult after decided government to cut the level of funding.
The changes will affect the students who are hoping to get another undergraduate degree or pick up another qualification at a lower level.
However, the decision will not effect post-graduate education, which is traditionally under funded and does not, in most cases, offer student loans.
The decision was made by universities secretary, John Denham, who said in a letter to England's funding council: "While there may be much benefit to an individual, or their employer, in them retraining for a second qualification at the same level, this is not, in my view, usually as high a priority for public funding as support for students who are either entering higher education for the first time, or progressing to higher qualifications."
But the National Union of Students warned that the decision may penalise those who need skills in order to change direction once in employment.
Gemma Tumelty, president of the NUS, said: "It would be a great shame if a change in funding arrangements were to limit the potential of those who have found a new direction and wanted to support this by returning to higher education."