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High demand for part-time degrees

A part-time degree programme aimed at widening access to higher education has been bombarded with inquiries since its launch earlier this year.

The University of St Andrews evening class initiative, the first of its kind in the Fife/Tayside area, is being targeted at adults over the age of 21 who would like to study for a degree but whose family or work commitments prevent them from embarking on a daytime course.

To date, the University has received over 200 requests for application details from throughout Dundee, Tayside and Fife. The first batch of interviews for the August 2000 intake will take place shortly.

Alex Rougvie, Director of the Centre for Continuing Education said, “We are delighted with the positive response of the local communities to this initiative. The University of St Andrews looks forward to a new constituency of high-calibre undergraduates joining us in August. Places on the programme are limited, so early application is advised but the course will be running next year and in subsequent years so people who are interested can plan to enrol at a later date”.

The modular programme covers some of the university’s highest-rated departments: Human Biology, Scottish History, Psychology, Physics, Art History, English, Economics, Divinity, Modern History, Computer Science and Philosophy. Depending on prior qualifications and whether the student prefers to study one or two evenings a week, a General MA degree can be obtained within 3 to 8 years.

Those returning to study after a gap are eased back into the way of things with a specially-designed study skills programme at the start of the course. Various financial arrangements are also in place to help those on low incomes take advantage of this flexible academic programme.

Further information about the degree course can be obtained from Nicky Haxell, Part-time Degree Co- ordinator, Centre for Continuing Education, 66 North Street, St Andrews KY16 9AH, telephone 01334 462203.

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07887 650072 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: part-timedegree2/PR1913

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