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LIVE Smart: Mature Students

Student guide to living and studying in Dundee/aligned with LEARN Smart

Staying at home whilst studying

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Staying at home while studying at university

Useful Tips For Mature Students

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  • Studying at university is likely to give you a big confidence boost but it also involves challenges and change for everyone involved. To avoid making those closest to you feel excluded, try to involve your family and friends in what you’re doing.
  • If walking into a busy lecture theatre and worrying about being the oldest person there seems like a scary idea – this is understandable. Try not to allow it to ruin your experience. Remember that everyone else will be new as well and probably as anxious as you though for different reasons.
  • Be kind to yourself, remember that any life change can take some time to settle down.
  • Take advantage of the support systems on offer if you need to; your university wants you to succeed. Don’t suffer in silence. Seek assistance rather than facing challenges alone.
  • If you are not sure - please ask! You can get answers to queries and questions at The Enquiry Centre

Students with Children

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Useful information for Students with Children

including bringing children onto campus, nursery, schools, local family activities and support.

Adjusting to University Life

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Welcome /Freshers Week  is a great opportunity for you to get involved in a variety of activities and events. It is also another good chance to meet other new students and familiarise yourself with the campus facilities and buildings. Look out for events which aim to bring students together in the Welcome Events Programme some of which are may be of interest to you or those specifically aimed at Mature Students.

These include:

  • Local Students Welcome Event for those living in Dundee, Fife, Angus or Perthshire
  • Part Time MA Student Welcome Event
  • Associate and Co-Curricular Welcome Event
  • Direct Entry, 3yr Degree, Global Programmes and Erasmus Exchange Students Welcome Event
  • Meet, Mix and Socialise Events – including one for Mature and Postgraduate Students
  • Campus Tours
  • Tours to local locations – McManus Galleries or Broughty Ferry Castle and Beach