Mature Students

Less of the Mature Please...

Sara Meredith | Posted 25.09.2015 | 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 11.09.2015 | 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.