The latest figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reveal that the dramatic decline in part time enrolments is continuing, and show a decline of 56% since 2010 – from 243,355 to 107,325. Attempts by government to redress this by, for example, making loans available to part time students have proved inadequate, as a high proportion are ineligible for this financial support. Claire Callender (Birkbeck), quoted in the Guardian Online (2 May 2017), comments that many universities are withdrawing part time provision as a result. This is especially damaging as part time students need for to study in their locality. The main cause of the downturn has been steep fee rises, a problem made worse by the news that universities have been allowed to raise fees annually, and also by the increase in interest rates on student loans.