At Aston we offer a superb environment for mature students and have a strong belief that opportunities of higher education can transform lives.  As a mature student you may be returning to education after a break from education studies.  Whatever your situation, at Aston we want to help you to make the most of your study time at Aston, and to encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities available to you.  

Here are some of the support activities available for mature students.

Mentoring for mature students

All Aston you will have the opportunity to be involved in our Postgraduate Mentoring Scheme.  This support inegrates our newly arriving postgraduate students by matching them with an experienced postgraduate student who act as a peer mentor. Having the support and guidance of a postgraduate mentor can help you to settle in quickly, and make the most of your time at the University.  The nature of this support is primarily pastoral, and may include support such as practical advice and tips about how you can integrate into the Univesity and your study subject.

This support is available in the first year of postgraduate study and usually takes place face-to-face or online (e-mentoring). This is a voluntary ‘peer mentoring’ scheme which is flexible, confidential, and fits around you the student and your availability.  

Find out more about the Aston Postgraduate Mentoring Scheme.

A major benefit of choosing Aston for your postgraduate studies, is access to the postgraduate study area. This is a valuable space where students can meet, study or relax.

The Mature Students' Aston (MSA) Society

The Aston Mature Students Aston Society, is run by Aston mature students for Aston mature students, and provides a forum for students from across the University, from all study subject areas.  The Society is co-ordinated by a student committee, and all mature students are welcome to join. Throughout the year, the MSA organise a variety of exciting, on and off campus, events and activities with the aim to enhance your time at Aston.  Engagement also include activities for families to get involved in.

Find out more about the Aston Mature Students Aston Society (MSA) 


Postgraduate Study Lounge

One of the benefits of choosing Aston for your postgraduate study is access to our postgraduate lounge area.  This is a dedicated space where postgraduate students can meet, study, or relax.

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Our top tips for mature students

  • Prepare your friends and family for the time that studying will take up as there will be times when you won’t be available. Find out if there are practical ways they can help out, such as with childcare, to free up your time for studying.
  • Don’t assume the other students won’t want to get to know you because you are a mature student, or that you won’t have anything in common. All students bring a range of experiences and interests to university regardless of their age or background so try and get to know as many people as possible.
  • Join the Mature Student’s Aston Society where you can meet and socialise with other mature students. It’s a great place to get tips from students, and having the opportunity to relax and catch up with other students can make a real difference. 
  • Look at ways to bring your personality and your life or work experience into your study experience as this can benefit you. You may already be skilled at planning your time, writing draft documents, or have an understanding of the circumstances that enable you to work at your best.
  • Do revision notes after every lecture – when you’re trying to balance studies with kids, housework, or shopping you may have little time to prepare for exams.  Doing revision notes as you go along makes it a lot easier when it comes to revision.
  • If you are feeling stressed, talk to people! There are a range of people and services here for you to access, such as our Advice and Representation Centre (ARC), student counselling, your peer mentor, your personal tutor, and our Learner Enhancement Team who are always available for a drink and a chat.
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Aston University is a great place for mature students and has a lot to offer

Phil talks about his experience as a mature student at Aston University