I’ve received an email from the OU this evening with some more information on the reasons for the pending withdrawal of the diploma. They say:
The Diploma in Psychology has been affected by the government’s ‘equivalent or lower qualification’ (ELQ) policy, which means that the government does not award funds for students studying for a Diploma if they already have a degree. In spite of the OU’s vigorous campaign opposing this policy, it is now coming into effect. The detrimental financial consequences of the policy together with the fact that, in recent years, declining numbers of students have opted for this path to the GBC, means the Diploma in Psychology is no longer financially viable for the OU.
There is, of course, an election coming up. I know of at least one set of questions I’ll be asking any candidates that happen to knock at my door.