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All disciplines will offer a diverse range of study modes, allowing students to benefit from education throughout their lives. 

Education is a lifelong process, and we want to offer opportunities to access higher education learning at all life and career stages, including for those making a career change, continuing their professional development, or studying for personal enrichment. This means diversifying our traditional offering, and we have to rethink both access to (who is it for?) and exit from (what qualification do they leave with?) higher education.

The fall-out from the COVID pandemic with the loss of many jobs is compounding the impact of technology replacing jobs in many sectors. There is therefore a great need and important role for higher education to contribute to upskilling and retraining. We will increase our engagement with local businesses and industry to understand their needs and seek to co-create programmes. We will create not only more flexible ways to engage with learning, but also flexibility in how qualifications are achieved. To provide a genuine offer to those who are returning to higher education or accessing higher education for the first time, programmes will cater for students entering with a wider range of experiences and qualifications (including via novel pathways from further education) and for those whose needs are met by taking tailored short courses, one or more modules, one or two years of a degree programme, or an apprenticeship. 

Actions and Priorities

What are we trying to achieve?

To increase the range of different ways in which learners can access a Brunel education, providing flexible opportunities throughout their lifetimes to those who will benefit from what we offer.


The external environment is changing and to remain competitive we have to explore new educational models that allow as many students as possible to benefit from Higher Education, in a way that fits around their lives. 

Our priorities for 2021/22

We are mindful of the need to keep an eye on external developments in funding of Higher Education and the Government’s legislatory proposals. However, we will: 

  • Map our current education offer and future plans to highlight further opportunities for flexible and life-long learning
  • Undertake a cost analysis of our provision and modes of delivery
  • Explore opportunities as Government funding opportunities are announced