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Mature Students

Life at our University is exciting. It exposes you to new ideas, opportunities, and people. As a mature student you are in very good company - currently approximately 19% of our undergraduate students are considered 'mature' (ie. commenced their course when they were at least 21 years old) and the vast majority of them (around 80%) are studying full-time. Postgraduate students who are at least 25 years old are also often considered mature students.

We understand that your life and professional experience may vary considerably from fellow students, as may your individual needs. There are many facets to being a student: being a particular age is just one of them. We aim to provide you with the right range of support and guidance to ensure that you enjoy your studies and your overall experience. We appreciate that studying as a mature student can present challenges. This is particularly true if this is your first experience of higher education and you have other commitments and responsibilities to meet such as work and family. We want you to be aware of the support available so that you can make the most of your time at Essex.

Hear about Deana's experience of being a mature student:

If you cannot watch this video you can also watch it on our Vimeo channel.

  • Ways to meet fellow mature students

    Join the Mature Student Society (MSX)

    Contact the Students' Union Mature Students of Essex Society (MSX) to find out about opportunities to get to know fellow mature students such as peer support and social activities. It’s never too late to join! Visit their website or their Facebook page for more information about their events.

    Visit the Postgraduate and Mature Student Common Room (Room 5.401)

    Why not drop by the Postgraduate and Mature Students common room? Other mature students studying undergraduate or postgraduate courses meet there. To find out when other mature students meet. Contact the MSX (website or Facebook) or e-mail msg (non-Essex users add @essex.ac.uk).

  • Ways to stay connected

    Subscribe to our e-newsletter

    For news about forthcoming activities - e.g. social events, study skills or careers workshops - read our regular e-newsletter. If you do not already subscribe, add yourself to the Mature Students mailing list to receive updates on the e-newsletter and other mature student-related information. You will need to enter campus\username and your password to open the link. Then, click 'join'. You can unsubscribe at any time.

    Listen to experiences of other students

    Our students are keen to share their experiences.

  • Workshops and resources for mature students

    For undergraduate students

    Contact the University Skills Centre by e-mail usc (non-Essex users add @essex.ac.uk) to find out about opportunities to develop your skills in:

    • critical reading and note-taking;
    • time management;
    • referencing;
    • essay planning; and
    • revising for exams.

    Don't hesitate to contact your Department, School or Centre for study skills advice and support as well. You are also welcome to contact Student Support.

    "Talk to people on your course about the material you are studying. Many people will share ideas which stimulates both good academic discussion, developing ideas for essays and assignments but also friendships within departments," suggests Chris from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.

    For postgraduate taught students

    Study skills advice and support is available via the University Skills Centre and through your department, school or centre. You are also welcome to contact Student Support.

    For postgraduate research students

    Study skills advice and support is available via the University Skills Centre, your department, school or centre and Proficio. You are also welcome to contact Student Support.

  • Life, work, study, and funding

    Life, work and study

    View a list of useful links to webpages which might help you during your time at Essex.


    Don’t forget to apply for your course funding. If you haven’t already done so, there’s still time to apply online with Student Finance England or NHS, though please plan ahead as your funding may not be in place for the very start of term. Tuition fees for new students can be viewed online.

Did you know?

Did you know that in 2011 the University was shortlisted for a Times Higher Education award for providing outstanding support to mature students? We would love to hear your ideas about how we can continue to enhance the student experience.

Hear about Steve's experience of being a mature student:

If you cannot watch this video you can also watch it on our Vimeo channel.

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