The announcement by higher education minister David Willett that older people can now get help with the funding of university degrees has been met with approval from many. His original suggestion for the usefulness of a university degree when we are older was as a tool to help us remain employed in later life, but a recent article in The Guardian has taken a different approach to universities opening their doors to older people.
Various letters from readers of The Guardian have welcomed the news but have taken a different approach to higher education during later life, saying that David Willett only identifies “one function of education”. Learning for enjoyment and personal development was suggested by some readers as primary reasons why they returned to higher education, whether learning about art history as one reader did or undertaking a more hands-on course where students learn about making devices such as stair lifts.
As well as offering suggestions for other education opportunities in later life aside from university, all agreed that getting a degree for the sake of employment is not the only option out there.
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