The UK-wide mature student survey created by Million+ and NUS will be available for completion until early December. Please help spread the word to your mature students and ask them to take the survey.
The survey was created to explore the academic and social experience of mature students in higher education, motivations for study and views about support needs. By supporting the survey you help us make the case for improved provision for mature students.
The survey is open to all mature students taking their first undergraduate degree in a UK university or further education college, who started their course over the age of 21 (for why this is, see FAQ).
Those who complete the survey will have the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher or one of five £10 vouchers.
Sample email to students
The university think-tank million+ and the National Union of Students (NUS) have launched a new survey for mature students to ensure that universities and students’ unions are supporting those who enter university for the first time later in life. The survey investigates the realities of life as a mature student and will lead to the publication of a best practice guide in May 2012.
If you are studying your first undergraduate degree in higher education whether in a university or college, and started your degree when you were over 21, please take the survey and help us to better understand how you can be supported.
Mature students who complete the survey will be eligible to enter an optional prize draw to win one prize of £50 of Amazon vouchers or one of five £10 Amazon voucher prizes.
The survey should take around 20 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.
To take the survey follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/maturestudentsurvey
If you have any questions about the survey, please contact debbie.mcvitty[at]nus.org.uk or katymorris[at]millionplus.ac.uk
I gymryd rhan yn yr arolwg yn Gymraeg cliciwch fan yma: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ArolwgMyfyrwyrHyn
Why only undergraduate first degree? Technically postgrads and second degree students are classed as mature (the definition is over 21), but we are not accepting responses from these students. This is because we want to capture the experience of those students who have entered HE as a mature student, not those who have stayed on from their first degree. This the group of students that HESA statistics have identified as at risk of leaving their course early. This does of course mean that we have to make exclusions, which will upset some people, but that is the nature of research projects. If the parameters are too wide then the information you get back is not useful.
Have a question about the survey? Feel free to get in touch.