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.
Who are you looking for? We need up to 5 Mature Students who are willing to dedicate a small amount of time to sit on the panel for these meetings, and create a report for the Students' Union to present to the University.
What support will I get? You will be supported by the President, Thomas Ashford and the General Manager, Ryan Beasley, but the report must be written by the students to remain authentic.
What's in it for me? The Students' Union are currently working on budget to be able to reward these students for taking part, although this hasn't yet been confirmed.
However, you will also be making a huge difference to all those students who may end up dropping out of University in the future if action isn't taken!
I'm interested, where do I sign up? Below is a short form to show your interest. This doesn't sign you up automatically, but gives Ryan a chance to discuss the project with you in more depth.
(This is now CLOSED! Our Mature Student Experience Panel have been working all year meeting University departments to ensure that mature student voice is heard!)