There is an increasing groundswell growing right now in favour of part-time education. There are references in social media, in university magazines and wherever people gather to talk about students and their chances in life. I know about this because as newly appointed president of Birkbeck, University of London, I have been spearheading a campaign called Part-Time Matters. Let me spell out exactly why it is such a good thing, and why its time has come.
In the 1950s when I was a student, studying came for free. I never paid a penny to spend three years at Cambridge and end up with a decent degree. Golden days. They didn't last. But that experience gave loads of grammar school types like me the chance to get up and get on, to take on decent jobs that lead to decent careers. It isn't so straightforward these days.