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 around 16% of our student body (based on registration data gathered by our university market insight team).
Is university for me?
Many people ask, "is university for someone like me?" And the answer is yes! It absolutely is.
Around 30% of our student population commute to university, and a further 30% have parenting or caring responsibilities.
We don’t like to brag, but our data also suggests that mature students typically perform very well and are popular members of our community, excelling in the classroom, at placements and on assessments.
If you’re not sure what student life could look like, why not hear it directly from a current student? Lou O’Connell is a recent mature student studying Mental Health Nursing at UEA.
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 provides information on who is classed as a mature student and how to get started.
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 make decisions on learning, re-training, and work at all stages of your career
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.