Thinking of returning to education at the age of 19 or over? No matter where you are in your journey, we’re confident that we can support you through your next adventure. We welcome all students from all ages and backgrounds. Study something you are passionate about and grow your skills to help reach that next stage in achieving your life’s goals.

Returning to Learning?

If you have questions on any aspect of university, we have a dedicated member of staff to support you. Please contact Gemma at with a bit of information on what you would like help with, and Gemma will get back to you. Examples of the types of questions we receive:

  • Signposting providers of level 2 and 3 qualifications to help you gain entry into university
  • Advice on what life is like for mature students at UEA, including services and social activities
  • Support, advice and guidance for current students
  • Understanding student finance, bursaries and other funding related queries



Just like all our students, you will have so many opportunities to make the most out of your university experience. Whether you are juggling the demands of family -your career as well as your studies - extra-curricular activities can help enhance your experience during your studies. Meet like-minded people, add to your CV or just simply, have fun! You can do it all here.

The Student’s Union hold many events specifically for mature students, this includes:

What's more - as a mature student you get access to the postgraduate facilities on campus: The Scholar’s bar and kitchen. 

Contact: with your age, UEA username (abc12xyz), and ask for access  or just come and talk to uea(su) reception upstairs in Union House.



We understand that your decision to re-enter education is not an easy one, we’re here to help. Our student support services are committed to the well-being of all students and their varying needs. They can offer guidance to any student who wishes to make the most out of the opportunities available to them here, or those experiencing difficulties. These include:

  • Financial advice; the uea(su) have some great advice here or try out the cash flow budget tool

  • Student Life Advisors

  • The Learning Enhancement Service

  • Disability advice

  • Counselling Service

  • In faculty support (embedded teams)

For your convenience, we also have on campus facilities such as: Medical Centre, Dental Practice Nursery, and Sportspark.

Student Services

On campus facilities

In addition, you can receive academic support from:

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Prepare for University

We offer a free online course - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) - to help you explore the essential needs for success at university. Your learning will be supported by online forums and discussions, where you will also gain tips on how to cope with a different learning environment.

Prepare for University MOOC