We know that Newman Students' Union has a large number of Mature Students (Students over the age of 21 when they begin their degree), and we know that their student experience is likely to be very different to the traditional 18-21 year old...
We also know that around 1 in 5 Mature Students at Newman drop out of University before they complete their degree.
This is why we are here to take a closer look at the Mature Student Experience, and work in partnership with the University to make things better!
What is the project? The project itself is similar to a "select committee" where we are looking for up to 5 Mature Students to form a panel that will question different departments and areas of the University to find out what they do to support Mature Students.
The panel will be encouraged to talk directly about the issues that they and their peers have faced within that area, and will then compile an end of year report which will form part of the Students' Union's Student Voice Report.
What Were the recommendations?
1. All departments within the University publish their own Communication Strategy. This strategy should display how they as a department will communicate with students as well as other areas of the University. This should include how often they will communicate as well as the different platforms they will use.
2. That all new students receive an Induction similar to Headstart and that all new students should be re-briefed on their induction at a later date (This can be done through the Personal Tutor system).
3. That the University continues to build external partnerships with organisations that can benefit Newman students, especially around the areas of childcare and advice.