The Milton Keynes based Open University has called on the government to help fund tuition fees.
The organisation is aimed at people already working who want to get a degree mainly through distance learning. But because of the rising cost of studying part-time the numbers of students across England has more than halved.
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Staff working in Cambridge for the Open University, which is based in Milton Keynes are going on strike today in protest at plans to close offices.
The support centre on Hills Road is one of seven earmarked for closure, with others in Bristol, Birmingham, Gateshead, Leeds, London and Oxford also set to go.
The Open University wants to consolidate its support centres at three locations - Milton Keynes, Manchester and Nottingham - saying this will be better for students.
The University and College Union say it could result in the loss of more than 500 jobs. It follows a national strike on the 25th of November, which saw staff in all thirteen centres take action.
The Open University, based in Milton Keynes, has been rated higher than Cambridge in a survey of student satisfaction.
It received an overall rate of 93 per cent - the highest rated university in the country after three small specialist institutions. Cambridge came sixth.