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30 October 2007 PR 07/135

Open day aims to encourage mature students to consider university

An open day to help potential mature students find out more about studying for a degree is being held at Loughborough University on Wednesday 7 November.

Mature students are those aged 21 or over when they start university. The Open Day 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.

Kay Bridger, one of the University’s Widening Participation Officers, says considering whether to return to education can be a big decision.

“Potential mature students tend to have very different concerns or queries about university than other undergraduates. They often have to consider how their return to education could impact on their family and their financial situation,” Kay explains.

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, especially financial, support available.

Anyone interested in attending the Open Day, which is running from 10am to 2pm, should contact Kay Bridger to book a place, Tel: 01509 222486 or Email: K.M.Bridger@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 is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top five of UK universities in national league tables and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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