Mature students have widely varying circumstances. We understand that your wants and needs may be quite different from the majority of students around you.
Who are mature students?
'Mature student' is a national term. You are considered a mature student if you are over 21 when you start an undergraduate programme or over 25 when you start a postgraduate programme.
We realise that not all students who fall into this category will necessarily want to identify themselves as mature students. This page is designed for any student who feels their experiences will be different from a standard 18 year old student (e.g. a younger student who is also a parent or has other responsibilities).
Postgraduate Students' Officer - Emily Halford
Emily is the elected voice for postgraduate students in the Guild of Students. She works to ensure that any problems or recommendations are effectively communicated to the Guild and University at large. As part of this role she is also the co-chair of the Postgraduate and Mature Students Association (PGMSA) which is a student-led organisation that provides support, representation and social activities to postgraduate and mature students.
Mature and Part-time Students' Officer - Erin Lee
Erin is the elected representative of mature and part-time students in the Guild of Students. She works to ensure that problems or recommendations which affect these groups are effectively communicated to the Guild and the University at large. As part of this role she is also the chair of the Student Parents & Carers Association (SPC) and a co-chair of the Postgraduate and Mature Student Association (PGMSA) which are student let organizations that provide support, representation and social activities for students who are parents, carers, postgraduates, or mature.
Postgraduate and Mature Students' Association (PGMSA)
The PGMSA is a student-lead organisation that works for the interests of mature and postgraduate students, assisting with welfare and housing needs and holds social events.
The challenges of being a mature student
As a mature student you are likely to have more life experience than other students, which can put you in a great position for learning at university, but we understand that you are also likely to have some additional challenges to overcome. Find out what challenges mature students tend to have and how you can overcome them.
A week in the life of... mature students
Find out what it's actually like being a mature student at the University. Some mature students tell us how it's been for them.