As a mature student, you will have access to all the same support, guidance and help as our other students - plus some additional, dedicated support.
Student support services
- The Student Welfare Service provides help with practical matters such as childcare, finances and accommodation. They also hold regular legal advice clinics.
- The Career Development Service can help you channel your new educational experiences into your refreshed CV. They also offer workshops on interview skills and other aspects of developing your employability.
- The Student Counselling Service offers free, confidential, face-to-face counselling as well as providing general advice about mental wellbeing and access to other sources of support.
- The AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties such as physical or mental health, or mobility difficulties.
These services can all be access via a single on-campus location, the Student Services Centre.
The Students’ Union is a central building on the main campus and provides a range of student support, alongside the support provided by the University itself. Union services include SULETS for finding reliable private student accommodation, and ED (The Education Unit) which provides help with various aspects of studying such as mitigating circumstances and issues with your course that the University might not directly be able to help with.
Based in your department, your personal tutor is there to support you with academic and pastoral advice. They are usually the first port of call when you need support and can direct you to the right service for you. Regular meetings with your personal tutor are recommended.
Blackboard and newsletter
As a mature student, you will be added to a 'Mature Student Space' on Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment. This module has useful information and signposts to University support services and events specifically for mature students. We also send out a mature students’ newsletter every fortnight with news and events taking place at the University and in the City.
Mature Students Welcome Event
To help you become familiar with the campus and meet other new and current mature students, we run a two-day event during Welcome week which includes campus tours, social activities and an introduction to the services available to help you during your time as a student.
Mature Student Ambassadors
You are welcome to join our regular Student Ambassador scheme which provides flexible work and work experience. We also have a Mature Student Ambassador scheme which takes into account previous work experience and specifically revolves around encouraging mature students into higher education.
Study Buddies is an extension of the Mature Student Ambassador scheme and comes in two parts.
- An e-mentoring scheme for Access to HE students whereby current mature students support current Access to HE students during their college courses via an online system. This involves a commitment of about one hour each week, providing practical advice and information on what it is like being a mature student at the University of Leicester.
- A more informal scheme whereby current mature students provide a friendly ear to new students at the University at events such as the induction and coffee mornings.
We hold monthly coffee mornings for our mature students to meet and chat about university life, so take some time out of studying to have a coffee and some cake with like-minded students. This is also an opportunity to let the University know of any issues or ideas you have that we might be able to act upon.
Half-term activities for students with dependants
We like to make sure that students with children or dependants are included in activities. Each half-term we hold a themed event where you can bring your family along. This is a great opportunity to meet other students with children or dependants and show your family the campus.
For further information on any of these events please email WPTeam@le.ac.uk.