The NCUB welcomes the Universities UK report

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) welcomes the Universities UK report, ‘The power of part-time: review of part-time and mature higher education‘ as an important step forward to better understand the challenging environment part-time higher education faces. Action is now required from government, universities and businesses to revitalise demand for part-time study, and ensure we have an appropriate infrastructure to deliver the training our adult workforce requires in order for the UK to remain internationally competitive.

Commenting on the report, Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive of NCUB said:

“Part-time study is an essential route to ensuring UK businesses can upskill and retrain their staff, and a key component for growth and jobs. NCUB welcomes the findings from the Universities UK review as a timely reminder that action is vital to arrest the concerning decline in part-time and mature students participating in higher education.

NCUB will play an active role helping to shine a light on the businesses and universities already working together to establish innovative part-time courses, and do more to extend this practice further. Government must remain mindful of steps they can take to relieve barriers for business to fund part-time courses for their employees, and consider whether tax incentives can be altered to better stimulate demand.”




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National Centre for Universities and Business

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) develops, promotes and supports world-class collaboration between universities and business across the UK. Our aim is to find practical ways of harnessing the talent being developed in our universities, and the UK’s strength in ground-breaking research and development, for the benefit of the nation’s economy.

Drawing on the 25 years’ experience of our predecessor body, the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE), NCUB is committed to a programme of research, policy development and practical partnerships. From facilitating collaborative R&D, to developing the entrepreneurial and employability skills of students at all stages of their education, NCUB is working to support UK business and higher education in a competitive global market.

NCUB’s Leadership Council includes many of the UK’s most successful businesses and universities.

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NCUB Chief Executive, Dr David Docherty and Director of External Affairs, Aaron Porter are available for further comment or media appearances.

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