Continuing commitment to access

3rd May 1996 at 01:00
Let me set the record straight. Greenwich University has no intention of abandoning its long-standing commitment to access("Access may be barred to higher study", TES, April 19). More than 60 per cent of our students are mature on entry and many of these come from routes other than A-levels.

The university is changing its role within the Greenwich Access Programme consortia, but our intention is to raise the number of local and regional entrants by managing pre-entry advice and guidance and the process of application and admission more efficiently.

It is no longer appropriate, or economically viable, so to do while attempting to run an access programme on Further Education Funding Council funds in a higher education environment. This is properly the province of the further education sector.

We have a different, but no less important, role to play in which we will continue to work closely with our post-16 colleagues for the benefit of access applicants.

We do not envisage that any current access student on the GAP programme will need to drop their studies because of these changes, nor do we anticipate any overall reduction in the size of the borough-wide programme.

ROB IMESON University of Greenwich, London

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