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An inclusive mindset for adult learners: an international perspective OfS

Deakin University in southern-eastern Australia is a dual mode institution, providing study online for around 30 per cent of students. At present, Deakin enrols well over 60,000 students each year with the large majority (over 70 per cent) enrolling at least two years after completing schooling.

Adult or return-to-study learners make up almost all of the online enrolments, are 60 per cent of on-campus students and around 20 per cent of undergraduates. These students are returning to study after an initial degree or career, and have carer and other responsibilities. They bring a wide range of experiences and backgrounds and have varying goals. To create conditions for success, institutions need to understand their learners and celebrate the diversity amongst them.

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OfS has published a new measure which helps to project how likely students are to both complete their course and then go onto find professional employment.

The new Proceed metric is an experimental tool to help separate marketing promises from the reality of achievement and progression. OfS chief executive Nicola Dandridge explains the rationale.

To read Nicola Dandridge’s Blog on WONKHE click here


Pearson HE Innovate Awards 2021

The inaugural Pearson HE Innovate Awards Programme has been launched to recognise and reward academics and higher education professionals who have developed innovative ways to teach and support their students. You are invited to submit a short summary of your project using the template provided via our HE Innovate Awards 2021 submissions page. Please complete and submit your project summary by 4th July 2021


OfS ‘Student return to University 2021’ guidance not applicable to HE in FE providers

OfS FAQ’s are applicable to university providers but not to further education (FE) providers who offer higher education qualifications. FE providers should follow the advice in this link