I'm six months into a PhD researching how UK universities retain (or don't) part-time, mature students.
These dispatches from the field of higher education/academia will record my reflections on inhabiting the role of a doctoral student (I didn't see that coming!), my engagement with all aspects of my research and a watching brief on the state of UK higher education. And yes, the title's implication of conflict/struggle/battle IS intended.
To start, here's some context. The UK government's funding reforms for higher education seem to have hit part-time student enrolment hardest. It's down 40% from 2010/11 (BBC News 14 March 2013).