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 an 18 year old student.
Postgraduate and mature students' officer - Emily Halford
Emily is the elected voice for postgraduate and mature 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.
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.