Monthly Archives: May 2014

The close of one chapter and the start of another. By Helen Mallinson

Yesterday I handed in my last three assignments for Go Higher, sat my history exam and said farewell to the tutors, mentors and fellow students I have shared the last nine months with. Go Higher is a brilliant course run by the University of Liverpool which allows mature students (anyone from 21 years up) to gain access to university so they can get the degree they’ve always wanted to do. These students come from all kinds of backgrounds and have all sorts of stories to tell about how and why they missed out on university education the first time round.

Does age matter? By Claire Jones

Chief of UCAS (the organisation that manages applications to UK universities) has caused a bit of a stir this week by saying that university is sometimes ‘wasted’ on the young as teenagers often choose the wrong degree courses and may ‘sleepwalk’ into an undergraduate programme. Mary Curnock Cook, as reported in the Daily Telegraph, urged school leavers to defer a degree until they were in their 20s or 30s to ensure they made the right decision. But is that the only reason why it is an advantage to go to University as a mature student?

Those Dorothy Moments! Life’s crossroads by Carol Brown

What a pleasure to meet the latest Go Higher students in the session Claire Jones asked me to deliver about my experience as a mature student. Currently on secondment in the Corporate Communications dept of the University, it was great to return to my spiritual home and find out how some of the students I had the pleasure of interviewing last summer are getting along. Having been a mature student myself, completing my Masters at the University of Salford at 35 and my teaching qualification at the University of Chester in my forties, I can definitely identify with some of the pressure that the ’Go Highers’ will be feeling now as final assessments are due. 

Ex-Go Highers elected to committee of new Mature Students’ Society by Nick Hobbs

I was fortunate to be part of the 2012 Go Higher cohort of students, where I met a number of mature students who, like me, took that difficult and daunting decision to take the first steps at studying at a higher level.  This first meeting took place at 126 Mount Pleasant (see picture in blog below). During my studies on Go Higher I forged some good friendships with a number of students, of which many I am still friends with and meet on a regular basis.