Part-time shift

May 7, 1999

Your article "Younger students opt to go part time" (THES, April 30) reflects what we are finding. Of inquiries for entry to our part-time LLB for 1998-99, 24 per cent were from under 25s and, of those, some 40 per cent were from under 21s. Set against our "traditional" entry of about 15 per cent under 25, of whom few if any were aged over 21, it seems to show a shift towards part time.

During this year, unusually, there have been inquiries from full-timers wishing to go part time, citing the need to work to pay fees and minimise loans.

Major rethinks of provision may be called for if this trend becomes the norm.

Christopher Gale, Course leader - part-time LLB, Law School, Leeds Metropolitan University

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