Mature student shake up delayed by university

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Plans to shake up courses for part-time and mature students at Sheffield University have yet to be finalised, following a meeting of the ruling Senate.

Many students oppose the proposals, which they say will mean an end to evening classes specifically for adult learners.

The university says changes are inevitable as there has been significant drop in student numbers following the introduction of higher fees in 2012.

A spokeswoman said plans to ensure wider access to a high quality university experience for part-time, mature and non-traditional learners would be considered at Senate again in the future.

A new range of part-time degree programmes would be introduced in 2015, she added.