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1. Universities and Mature students: an overview Ruth Farwell
2. Applicants to UG courses 2001-5
5. SCOP Institutions
8. Entrants by ethnicity 2005
9. Mature as % of total: applicants and enrolled 2005
10. Growing divergence Applications from mature students increasing but acceptances falling:
2001: 74% of mature applicants accepted 2004: 68% “ “
This compares with 85% of school-age applicants accepted in 2004
Black applicants more likely to be mature and less likely to be accepted.
14. What universities are doing for mature students? Awareness raising:
Adult Learners’ Week
Special initiatives e.g. London Engineering Programme.
Advisory services including web-based info
Taster and Access courses
Special programmes e.g. prisons, carer groups.
From 2006: Special financial support e.g. relocation awards, child care support etc.
16. The financial issue for mature students Possibly greater financial obligations
Lower financial advantage of having a degree because of a shorter-career
Less opportunity to change direction or to gain additional qualification
Competing in an ageist culture e.g many graduate programmes not available
But maturity and experience offers their own advantages
17. Debt is the same for a mature student.
20. For students Challenges Opportunities Reduction in spending on adults through LSC funding
Not all universities geared up to mature students: campus youth culture?
Age-discrimination rife in employment
New fee remission for 19-25 year olds
Age-discrimination legislation late 2006
Improvements in financial support by DfES
New types of curriculum offer greater work-based learning opportunities.
Interaction of mature students with younger students may give new dynamic in classes
21. More diverse community
Need for wider range of services with no additional resources
Mature students often offer a rewarding teaching experience
Leitch Review of skills may suggest greater focus on the older employee
Reduction in 18 year olds needs to be factored in to long-term planning.
23. What more could we do? The language better targeted at mature students
E.g. Aim Higher “guide to parents” but no mention of mature students as such
Stop talking about mature students as “disadvantaged”
More flexible curriculum arrangements?
More realistic assessments of prospects
Different financial arrangements?
More work experience and job preparation.
Greater dialogue with employers to demonstrate the advantage of mature students.
A better understanding of the experience of mature students in terms of progression and achievement