Mature Students

Freshers' Week: Returning To Uni As A Mature Student

Helen Johnston | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Helen Johnston

After wishing my eldest son good luck as he returns to his final year of uni, I'll be packing my own bag of textbooks and pens. I'm just glad I won't be sleeping in a shared student house. There are some things you really don't want to go back to.

Going Back to Uni - A Road Less Travelled

Becky Barnes | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Barnes

At the back of my mind I had always felt disappointed that I had never finished university. I was an intelligent woman who had drifted in and out of a succession of less than inspiring jobs and I always felt I was capable of so much more, but I didn't know what.

How To Balance Work And Study (Without Going Out Of Your Mind)

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Whether you’re looking to advance your career or follow a new path and re-train in a different industry, studying for a relevant qualification is on...

It's Never Too Late To Get A Degree - Here's Why

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The term Freshers Week might conjure up images of hedonistic teenagers, revelling in their first taste of freedom after being cut loose from the prove...

Less of the Mature Please...

Sara Meredith | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Meredith

I started university this week, I am now officially a student (go me). There I was at thirty-nine years old stressing about what to wear for my first day at school. I had no idea what to expect, the last time I was in an academic setting it was my daughters parents evening. The last time I had been expected to learn was errmm twenty something years ago.

Starting Back in Education Is HARD

Richard Batt | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Batt

2015 has been one strange year for me. I started the year going working 40-60 hours a week in a phone shop, spend most of it writing articles and shop...

Re-Fresher's Week: Tips for a Student Prince

Christina Kenny | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Christina Kenny

HRH The Duke of Cambridge has just finished his first week as a mature student at the University of Cambridge. As a fellow mature student, I can tell Wills what he can expect from uni life...

How Higher Education Made My Future Happen

Zoey Rhodes | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Zoey Rhodes

I'm lucky enough to have five children and a supportive husband. Once my youngest had started school and my eldest, the only girl, was in high school, I decided it was the right time for me to think about university.

Winning at the University of Life?

Kerrie McGiveron | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kerrie McGiveron

So I am technically classed as a 'mature' student. Mature students make up about a third of all students in the UK, so I'm certainly not alone in this. Sometimes, though, being a mature student can feel like the loneliest role in the world...

Tuition Fee Rise Has Had 'Serious, Damaging' Effect On Mature Students, Report Warns

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The astronomical rise in university tuition fees has had a "serious and damaging" effect on mature students attempting to return to education, a repor...

The Accidental Student

Anne Joseph | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Anne Joseph

My eldest son reminds me - rather haughtily - that it's actually irrelevant what other students get, it's just my grade that matters. This is apparently what I've been telling the boys for years. I attempt an explanation then give up. I know he's right.

The Accidental Student

Anne Joseph | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Anne Joseph

This had not been the plan. The initial idea had been to further my knowledge in film, perhaps through a gentle foundation course. Not a part-time MA in World Cinema. How difficult could studying really be? Extremely, is the short answer.

The 30 Year Old (Comedy) Virgin

Daley James Francis | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Comedy
Daley James Francis

When I started as a 28 year old freshman, I knew that I wasn't going to be living the life of a stereotypical student. I also knew that despite a ten years' experience of living in the 'real world', I was still terrified of public speaking.

How I Pledge to Support Mature and Part-Time, Postgraduate and International Students in NUS, If Re-Elected VP Welfare - Pete Mercer

Pete Mercer | Posted 23.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Mercer

I've always had a passion and a drive to empower under-represented groups within the student movement. The fact that giving this opportunity is being given to NUS candidates I think is an excellent idea in and of itself, demonstrating the power of the student voice - this must be harnassed and fostered as much as possible for the years to come, particularly in a climate within which these groups are at risk of further marginalisation.

Students Wage War On Buses Over 'Ageist' Passes

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Mature students at a university have launched a campaign after deeming a bus company "ageist" for saying they are too old for a discounted bus pass. ...

Creative Thinking is Needed to Keep Mature Students Applying for University

Tom Sperlinger | Posted 01.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Sperlinger

Would you take on a £27,000 debt for a university education, even with the assurance that you would not pay anything back until you earned over £21,000? Even a more affluent middle-aged person, with children and a mortgage, might take fright at the thought of such a loan.