Mature students at DMU
Mature students (anyone over the age of 21 when they start their course) now represent a third of full time undergraduates. At DMU 31 per cent of full time, home undergraduate students are mature (2010/11). Coming back into education whether after taking time out to; raise a family, work, travel or care for someone, can be a daunting prospect but also offers up great opportunities. These could relate to self development, career change or professional progression.
At DMU we try and make sure all our students feel part of our community and are able to take part in the activities on offer alongside academic study; whether through volunteering, clubs or societies, being a student rep or becoming involved in any other aspect of university life.
Read a case study from a mature student at DMU.
Mature Student Officer (Intern)
DMU also has an Frontrunner internship role for a Mature Student Officer. The Mature Student Officer is a current DMU student who is responsible for working with students over the age of 21. This post if currently occupied by Dave Longford, a current BSc (Hons) Psychology student. You can find out more about Dave and his role on his profile page.
- Financial issues are a big part of all students’ lives. Keep organised and check you are getting everything you are entitled to. Student Finance and Welfare have lots of information and a student budget calculator to help you manage your finances.
- Embrace your maturity and see your past as an asset to your academic career. You may have a different view in seminars that you can share. Use your previous life/work experience to help organise and research essays. The Centre for Learning and Study Support runs workshops to develop academic skills and the Maths Learning Centre is open to all maths phobics and enthusiasts.
- Keep up to date with required reading and work by downloading the Blackboard app for free.
- Remember to make family time and enhance university time by using the library if you have large gaps between classes.
Good luck and enjoy your time at De Montfort University!