University of Leicester eBulletin

Opportunities of a Lifetime

October 2002
No 241

University dedicates day to providing information for mature students

The University of Leicester is dedicating a day to increase opportunities for mature people to access higher education.

A Lifelong Learning Opportunities Day has been organised on Thursday, November 14 when people have the chance to meet current mature students, staff and gain expert advice.

Jacky Wetzig, of the Admissions and Student Recruitment Office, said: “Age is no barrier to education and the University of Leicester is keen to get this message across to people in Leicester and the surrounding counties.

“The popular image of universities is of young people, but there are increasing numbers of mature students enrolling for courses, from short-term evening classes to part time and full time degree programmes.

“Indeed Leicester has more students over 21 than under in its student population as more and more people seek to gain higher degrees and professional qualifications later in life.

“But for those embarking on higher education, there are access courses, part-time degrees and general interest and certificate courses that offer skills, enjoyment and new opportunities.”

On November 14, prospective mature students can visit the University, meet lecturers, members of the Mature Students’ Association, and the University’ Welfare Office, and obtain information on courses, application processes, finance, and one-to-one advice on juggling families and academic work.

The event will be held in the Charles Wilson Building on the University campus from 10am to 3pm. The nearest car parks are on the Victoria Park, the NCP car park near Safeway Supermarket and at the Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth 1 College next to the University.

Jean Baxter, a University Welfare Officer and a former mature student of the University herself said “One of the things that bothers mature students is the level of borrowing they have to do to undertake a course. When I talk to prospective students, common worries are about funding the course and the repayment of the student loans. This event is an opportunity to hear reassuring information about this borrowing, how the loans work, grants available for students with dependants and about alternatives to full time study.”

“Students also have concerns about studying at this level.  They think they will be lagging behind the A level students, but in fact mature students very often have distinct advantages over younger students, such as good time management skills and the ability to self-motivate”.

“Studying isn’t just about improving career prospects, although further qualifications can be a springboard to wider career choice. Learning is a fulfilling end in itself, as well as an opportunity to meet new people and boost your confidence.”

Further information is available from Jacky Wetzig, Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2674, fax 0116 252 2447, email

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