Impatient for change? It’s time for a fresh start. Join our diverse community of students who have decided to study for their degree later in life. Whether you’re 21 or 51, career-changers or first-timers, your dedication to education is all that matters.
A mature student, or an adult-leaner, is a person over the age of 21 who didn’t attend university following their A-levels. A large portion of this community have been building a full-time or part-time career or starting their family, and the current job market has required them to start again. Others may only feel mature-ish and have simply decided to join higher education later than the average student. Choosing to get a degree is a popular decision for people wanting to progress in their career by learning new skills and gaining new qualifications. It’s also a starting point for career-changers who are deciding to retrain in another field. Whatever your reasons, rest assured, the University of Essex isn’t just for 18-year-olds.
We appreciate that starting your degree as a mature student can have its challenges, especially if you have other life commitments such as family or work. That’s why we offer a wide range of support to make your transition into education as smooth as possible.
Our class of 2021 really are something to shout about. They’ve overcome challenges, helped others, grasped opportunities and developed their skills, showing their Essex Spirit in so many ways. And they’ve done it all during a pandemic when student life has been changed beyond recognition. We couldn’t be prouder of them so we’re telling their stories.