Learning begins at birth and continues throughout our lives. At the University of Sheffield we recognise that learning is lifelong and are extremely proud of the city’s rich history of adult education.
This is why it is important to make clear that the University is not closing its Institute for Lifelong Learning (TILL).
However, we cannot ignore the fact that, since the government introduced changes to funding in 2012, English universities have seen a 40 per cent drop in part-time students.
As such, the university is pursuing a significant increase to the breadth of our offer of part-time undergraduate programmes and access to them through new foundation year opportunities leading to both certificate and degree level study.
Alongside part-time degree programmes based in our Faculties, TILL will offer an extended range of Certificates in Higher Education run in partnership with specialist departments.
We will ensure existing students are given the support to complete their course, and those who are taught in the evenings will continue to be so.
Our market research showed that day time study was a popular option for potential students. Our new patterns of study will provide opportunities for both daytime and evening study where student numbers warrant the latter.
Professor Paul White,
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching at the University of Sheffield