Case study

Forgotten Learners: mature students coming on in leaps and bounds at Bolton

23 Mar 2018

At the University of Bolton over 54% of students are mature learners. The university has a highly diverse student profile and understands that many mature students juggle their studies with other equally important commitments such as part-time work, childcare, family and caring responsibilities. Bolton has developed several interventions, in consultation with its mature students, to ensure that not only are the challenges acknowledged but that these students are also supported to integrate into campus life and the learning community. 

The university's mature learners bring significant work and life experience to their studies and they are encouraged to draw upon them during their degree programme. Several are also returners to education. Bolton's LEAP (Learning Excellence Achievement Pathway) programme offers students a blended learning development package with face-to-face LEAP workshops for returners and mature learners. Mature students also participate in Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) sessions, as both PASS leaders and participants, and make a significant contribution to the university's peer-mentoring scheme, which is accredited by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.