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Information for Mature Students
As a mature student, you may have recently celebrated your 21st birthday or may be returning to education after a break. Whatever your age and background, we recognise the diversity of our mature students and offer a wide range of support to help you make the most of the opportunities available to you throughout your time at Keele.
A Dedicated Contact for Mature Students
Mature students at Keele benefit from a dedicated contact within the Money and Welfare Team which means you have a central point of contact for any queries or concerns you may have as a mature student. The dedicated contact works as part of a team in the Student Services Centre so there will always be someone available to help should you need it.
Our dedicated contact for mature students is Katy Lockett. If you have any questions about studying at Keele and the support available please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this page.
Pre-Arrival Support and Transition
As a mature student, you may have non-traditional entry qualifications. At Keele, we accept a wide range of qualifications for entry onto our undergraduate degree courses. You can find full information about our admissions policy on our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page and are encouraged to contact our Admissions Team with any queries.
Once your place at Keele has been confirmed, undergraduate students can choose to be matched with a Keele Mentor who can provide peer support before your course starts. Your mentor will be a current mature student at Keele and can answer any questions you may have about the course, university life and share their experiences of being a mature student at Keele.
ForMat Pre-Arrival Event
You will be invited to attend our ForMat pre-arrival event before Welcome Week begins. This event is specifically for our new mature students. It is a great opportunity to meet other mature students and will help you get to know the Keele campus.
As part of the Keele Welcome and induction you will also be invited to attend events and information sessions specifically for mature students. You will be provided with tailored information about the University and where to go for support as well as opportunities to socialise with other mature students at Keele.
The Student Welfare Team can offer advice and guidance on a range of different issues that you may face at University, including personal and academic difficulties. If you would like to speak to an adviser you can contact them by phone, email or attend one of the daily drop in services. For more information you can visit the welfare webpages or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counselling and Mental Health
University is often a great experience, but it can also bring with it stress and challenge particularly if you are balancing your study with existing commitments. The Counselling and Mental Health service can offer you one-to-one support and appointments as well as workshops and group work.
Disability and Dyslexia Support
If you have a disability, including specific learning difficulties or mental health and wellbeing issues, the Disability and Dyslexia Support Team can advise on a wide range of support to meet your individual needs. It is a good idea to contact the team before you arrive at Keele University to discuss any support you may need and ensure any necessary adjustments can be put in place.
Keele Health Centre
Keele has its own GP based on the Keele campus. Keele Practice serves the whole of the Keele University Campus, Keele village and certain areas in Newcastle.
For more information or to register as a patient visit www.keelepractice.co.uk
It can be daunting returning to education after having a break so we offer a lot of support to help you develop the skills you need to succeed at University.
The Student Learning team provides students with academic, professional and personal skills development, training and guidance.
They provide the following services:
- You can work though the materials and activities on the Development Strand module of the KLE
- You can attend workshops found on the Tune In calendar
- You can visit the Write Direction drop-ins and appointments services
If you have any questions please contact the team for further advice and support.
Support on your course
If you are experiencing any personal difficulties that may affect your studies and performance in assessments, you can submit a claim to your school for extenuating circumstances be taken into consideration.
On Campus Accommodation for Mature Students
If you are interested in living on campus you can find out more about the options available from Accommodation Services.
To apply for on campus accommodation you will need to complete an online application form. As part of the application form you can select your preferences of where and who you would like to live with. Please note however that although accommodation make every effort to offer you a room according to your preference we can not guarantee the offer that will be made.
As a mature student you may wish to live with students who are of a similar age. Therefore, as part of the application form there is an option that you can select if you would like to be allocated accommodation with other mature students.
Meeting New People
Keele has a very diverse student community and there are plenty of opportunities to meet new and like minded people whilst at university.
Student Clubs and Societies
The Keele Students' Union offers a wide range of different clubs and societies that you can join and provide a great opportunity to meet new people and maybe even try something new. Take a look at the Students' Union website to find out about all the different clubs and societies that are available. If there isn’t a club or society that appeals to your interests you can always set up your own.
There is also a Mature Students' Society that you may wish to join so that you can meet and socialise with other mature students at Keele.
Mature Students of Keele (MaSK) is a Facebook group run by current mature students at Keele as a way to connect with each other. If you're over 21 when you begin your first year you can join the group to socialise, ask questions, look for housemates . . . anything. Even if you haven't started your first year yet, you are welcome to join the group and get chatting to current mature students to help you prepare for starting at Keele.
The KPA Clubhouse
The KPA clubhouse is an on campus bar that is specifically for students and staff over the age of 21. If you are looking for an alternative to the Students' Union for a nice place to have a drink, something to eat and meet friends you may want to pay the KPA Clubhouse a visit. As well as serving food and a fine selection of ales the KPA also provides a wide range of events from quizzes to live music.
Volunteering at Keele
You can get involved in student volunteering through the Students’ Union. It is a great way to not only meet new people but also connects Keele students with the local area and allows you to develop new skills. To find out more visit the volunteering webpages on the Students’ Union website.
On your course
You will be able to meet lots of new people through your course. If you sign up to the Keele Mentors scheme you will be matched with a student who is studying a similar course to you so that you can contact someone at Keele before you arrive. Or you can become a Student Voice Representative on your course. Student Voice Reps are elected to gather student views from your course and represent your fellow students at Student Staff Voice Committees.
Support for Student Parents
We are aware that many of our mature students are often juggling family responsibilities as well as their studies.
For more information please visit our dedicated webpage providing advice and support for student parents.
A Mature Student's Experience
Take a look at Kym's experience as a mature student at Keele here.