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Taking a second degree set to get harder

Published: Friday, 12 October 2007   Category: Government policies

Graduates looking to take a second degree may find it harder to start their studies under new government plans, a university head has warned.

The government has announced plans to end university funding for graduates looking to undertake a second degree that is equal to the one they have already graduated in.

However, the proposals have been attacked by a university head, who has argued the changes will worst affect graduates looking to re-enter the graduate recruitment market with new skills or in a new sector.

Professor David Latchman, master of Birkbeck University of London, told the Guardian: "We know that many students taking up the opportunities now under threat embark on the significant step of studying for a second undergraduate degree later in life in order to become more employable or to change career direction."

Under the proposals, the government aims to cut funding to universities for second degree students by £100 million a year by 2010/11.

The plans have been put out for consultation until December 2007, with the Higher Education Funding Council for England already announcing various subjects will be exempt from any funding cuts if they are implemented.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18315143-ADNFCR

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