http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy Linda Kelsey. Doing a degree later in life can be a pleasure, but will it improve people's job prospects in the way that higher education minister David Willetts would like?
At 5 o’clock yesterday evening I sharpened my pencil, filled my satchel with a ring-binder, a copy of Late Victorian Gothic Tales (Oxford World Classics series) and an A4 lined notepad, and set off for college with a smile on my face. I am 60 years old and doing a part-time undergraduate BA in Arts and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London.
According to David Willetts, the higher education minister, I’m just the right age to go to university. As the age limit on student loans to cover tuition fees has been lifted, he thinks this is the perfect opportunity to help people like me cope with the pressure of keeping up to date, as we have no choice but to work well into our seventh decade. Read more...