Whether you are entering higher education to advance your career, or are simply in pursuit of knowledge, as a mature student you are likely to know what you want out of your degree. The decision to go into higher education is not an easy one, sometimes requiring major changes in your lifestyle. But we realise that mature students are a huge part of the University of Sunderland.
Your last experience of education may have been a number of years ago, or it may have been a number of decades ago. Regardless, entering back into education can bring with it both excitement and anxiety.
Take comfort in the fact that your tutors will be very glad to see you, as mature students bring years of experience and prior life learning into the classroom.
The University of Sunderland offers Study Skills drop-ins every Tuesday and Thursday at Murray Library at 13:00pm and 10:00am respectively, which gives you the opportunity to ask questions about academic writing, tips on balancing work, and dissertation support.
If you wish to join the Mature Student Society, it is a great opportunity to meet people who are in the same position as you are. They have a room at the Interfaith Chaplaincy Centre at St. Peter's Campus (SR6 0AN). The facilities include a microwave and a kettle, so you can have a cup of tea and chat with your fellow Mature Students! It is open from 9 - 6pm, so if you don't feel like staying in University on your breaks, feel free to relax at the ICC.
As a mature student, you might also benefit from our dedicated Returners to Learning Progression Scheme. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Student Helpline on 0191 515 3000.