Mature Students and Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: 23rd June 2021


Please note this event is for Members only

This is an all day, online event taking place between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

Download Event Programme: NERUPI Mature Students Prog Jun 21

The event includes an introduction by the Office for Students on planned changes around access and participation for mature students, followed by an expert panel discussion made up of:

We will also take some time to explore the particular opportunities and challenges that online learning represents for mature students with:

  • Paula Shaw, Associate Professor of Online Learning, University of Derby*


*Supported by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Download speaker biographies: Mature Students June 21

As always, there will be plenty of time for discussion about developing and evaluating effective provision for older learners.

Please scroll down for the booking form and pre-reading suggestions.

Event Further Information

After many years of decline in the number of mature undergraduates, the value of participation in higher education for individuals, society and the economy has been recognised by policy makers. This event will outline some of the factors that have led to the decline in mature students, set out the recent changes in policy designed to address the issue and explore how evaluation and research can support the institutional change required to attract older learners.

Reading Suggestions

Office for Students Briefing, May 2021: Improving opportunity and choice for mature students

Recent report for HEPI: Unheard: the voices of part-time adult learners

Academia in the cloud: an exploration of the online hidden curriculum - Paula Shaw et al. (2020, article)

Within these hyperporous walls: An examination of a rebundled online learning model of higher education - Paula Shaw et al. (2020, journal article)

SRHE news blog by Alex Blower & Nik Marsdin: Let them eat data: education, widening participation and the digital divide

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