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.

Your Student Experience and Support Officer will be your dedicated mature student contact, and they can offer tailored, individual and sustained support prior to arrival and throughout your time as a Keele student.

Entry requirements

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.

Keele peer support schemes

Find out more about the diverse peer support schemes at Keele.

Induction activities

As part of the Keele Welcome and induction you will be provided with resources and guides specifically related to mature students. You will also have the opportunity to virtually link up with other mature students, as part of the online pre-arrival and welcome experience.

Your welfare

The Student Experience and Support 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 in person drop-in sessions. For more information email

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 Support & Inclusion

If you have a disability, including specific learning difficulties or mental health and wellbeing issues, the Disability Support & Inclusion 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

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. For example, they offer an appointment service and workshops on particular subjects you might need a hand with. If you have any questions please contact the team for further advice and support.

Support on your course

All students are allocated an academic mentor as a primary point of contact for any course-based support needs.

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 exceptional circumstances be taken into consideration.

Keele has a diverse mix of students living in campus halls of residence. If you are interested in living on campus you can find out more about the options available from‌ Accommodation Services.

As well as the other students you will meet through your course, at Keele we have a wide range of clubs, societies and other opportunities such as volunteering to meet new people including other local and commuter students.

Contact us

Tel: 01782 734481

Mature student offer holder day talk

April 2020