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30 October 2006 PR 06/124

Open Day aims to encourage mature students to consider university

Loughborough University is to hold a special open day to help potential mature students find out more about studying for a degree.

The Mature Students’ Open Day, on Wednesday 1 November, will provide anyone interested in higher education with the opportunity to look around the University campus, meet current students and staff, and find out about the courses on offer.

The term ‘mature student’ is used to describe anyone aged 21 or over when they start university. These students typically have very different issues about studying for a degree to those of other undergraduates.

“Considering whether to return to education, especially if you’ve been away from it for a while, can be a big decision. Mature students tend to be more cautious – they not only have to think about how it’s going affect them personally, but also often have to consider the impact it could have on their family, their financial situation and any other commitments they have,” explains Kay Bridger, one of the University’s Widening Participation Officers.

The Open Day will provide potential students with the chance to find out about a range of topics, such as likely entry requirements, how to apply, how the teaching is structured, and the kinds of, particularly financial, support available.

Students who have attended in the past found the open day provided them with lots of useful information. It also reassured them about university and made them feel valued as a student.

Anyone interested in attending the Open Day, which is running from 10am to 2pm, should contact Diana Streeton to book a place, Tel: 01509 222488 or Email D.Streeton@lboro.ac.uk

Further information on being a mature student at Loughborough is available at www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/admissions/wp/mature/index.htm

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  1. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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