Are you considering returning to education?
We welcome students from all ages and backgrounds and want to help you get into studying something you’re passionate about.
No matter where you are in your journey, let us help guide you to reach the next stage in your life’s goals.
What is a mature student?
According to the Office for Students (OfS), a mature student is someone who is aged over 21 when they join university at undergraduate level. According to our data, this makes up a fifth of our undergraduate student body (based on registration data gathered by our university market insight team).
Is university for me?
We are often asked "is university for someone like me?" And the answer is yes! It absolutely is.
Around 23% of our student population commute to university, and many students are managing caring responsibilities too.
We don’t like to brag, but our data also suggests that mature students typically perform very well and are valued members of our community, excelling in the classroom, on assessments and placements, and going on to achieve graduate level employment.
Returning to Education as a Mature Student - Online CourseThinking of returning to education as a mature student? Make sense of higher education and reflect on your next steps in this free online course.
UCAS - Mature Undergraduate StudentsUCAS have put together some practical undergraduate level information for people defined as mature students.
ProspectsProspects are the experts in graduate careers. They help to guide students and graduates to a bright future with information, advice and opportunities.
Everwondered Resource CentreUEA’s Resource Centre, packed with information specifically for mature students.
Careers guidanceThe National Careers Services website is there to support individuals with making informed decisions. This page provides job profiles and links through to Careers Advisors for specific support.
Preparing for universityThis fantastic free course is great for anyone going into university. Written by academics to provide insight into HE teaching.
Understanding student financeThis information can provide some insight for those looking to return to education.
Ask us a questionVisit UEA’s Unibuddy page to ask questions directly to lecturers and students as well as people from UEA’s support service.
Speak to us
There are several ways to get in touch with us.
You can also speak to other current students and academics from courses you’re interested, and other members of staff including our Mature Student Officer, Gem Standen, on Unibuddy.