If you haven't already seen DIUS's advice to prospective students
on 'second degrees' (aka ELQs), you can see it here:
There are some skilfully-crafted phrases. Try these:
'From September 2008 ... taxpayer support ... will start to be reduced.
The pace of change will be fairly slow in 2008/09 with only about £25
million being redistributed which is 0.2% of the total money we give...'
'We recognise that these changes may mean that institutions increase their
tuition fees for Second Degrees, although they are not obliged to do so.'
'The majority of students planning to [enrol] next year are still likely
to be able to find places although they will need to contact the
institution at which they are hoping to study'
'At the moment, across the whole of their education, the taxpayer
contributes about £100,000 on average to support students who get a second
degree, compared with about £55,000 for someone who leaves school at
sixteen ... it [is] hard to justify this both to taxpayers and to those
who havenít yet benefited from Higher Education and got a first degree'
I am tempted to ask whether anyone can offer a suitable 'second degree'
for the author of the statement - how about a joint honours in Maths and
Creative Writing? Any other suggestions?
Head of Planning
Strategic Planning and Intelligence
Sheffield Hallam University
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