Dr Mark Readman on part time and distance learning in The i newspaper

By Dean Eastmond

Senior lecturer in media education, Dr Mark Readman, highlighted to The i newspaper how accessible part time and distance learning postgraduate courses are becoming in today’s world for people in work.

“It’s harder and harder for people to take a year or two out of a career in order to study fill time”, he told the newspaper. “Therefore we launched a suite of postgraduate part-time distance learning courses to cater for this market”

Readman then goes onto explain how distance learning courses are not just face-to-computer courses and that long distance students at Bournemouth University receive a lot of face-to-face interaction with staff.

Whether this is on Skype, email, phone or in person, these postgraduate courses are far more interactive and personal than what people may think.

“Whether they’re studying for career reasons or personal development, distance learning lets them fit study into their often already busy lives”.

The report explains how at Bournemouth University MA courses such as creative and media education and screenwriting begin with residential trips to create and fortify bonds and interaction with students and teachers.

Dean is a student at Budmouth College in Weymouth, who is working at Bournemouth University in the Press and PR Department. He joined BU on a Sir Samuel Mico Scholarship, which provides 10 students from his college with essential work experience for four weeks over the summer.