Mature and part-time students

Starting at University is an exciting time with lots of changes to get used to. As a mature or part-time student studying at foundation or Undergraduate level there is some additional information you may find helpful.
Make sure you read the rest of our information for new students too.

You can get support from the Mature Students' and Peer Support Adviser and the Mature Student Advocates. We are here to help you settle in and make the best possible start in your studies.

You will have support throughout your course from someone in your department, such as a personal tutor who is there to help you.

You can also request a current mature student as your peer mentor.

Welcome events

We run several optional events aimed at new foundation level and undergraduate level students at the start of term to help you settle in. If you are a postgraduate student your department will have details of any specific events available for you.

We will email you the full details before you join us. If you have not received an email about the welcome events by 10 September, email Remember to check your junk mail folder.

Pre-arrival coffee morning

Thursday 19 September, 10 am to 12 noon
Modern Languages Common Room, Arts Complex, 17 Woodland Road

Drop in at any time during the session. A chance to meet other new and current mature students and chat with staff. Coffee, tea, herbal tea, water and biscuits will be available. You can also go on a walking tour of the campus - get to know the area before term officially starts on 23 September.

Mature students introduction event

Monday 23 September,11 am to 2 pm (including lunch)
Chemistry Lecture Theatre 1 and Foyer, Cantocks Close, BS8 1TS

11 am to 11:30 am - Registration and refreshments
11:30 am to 1 pm - Activities
1 pm to 2 pm - Free sandwich lunch

The session will include activities and input from staff, current mature students and the Student Union. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other new mature students from across the University and find out about support available for you during your studies. There will be presentations from current students and our team of Mature Student Advocates will be happy to discuss their own experiences of studying at Bristol.

Effective study and active learning session

Monday 23 September, 2 pm to 4 pm
Chemistry Lecture Theatre 1, School of Chemistry, Cantocks Close, BS8 1TS

Further develop your study skills for higher education and get better prepared for study. Find out how to get the grades you want! The session is delivered by Dr Tracy Johnson of Brainbox Coaching who has extensive experience in supporting individuals with study skills at undergraduate and postgraduate degree level. 

Drop in Q&A session

Friday 27 September, 10 am to 12 noon

Room 2D2, Priory Road Complex, 12a Priory Road, BS8 1TU

Mature Student Advocates and the Mature Student Adviser will be available to answer questions and talk about how you’ve found Welcome Week.

Pop in at any point during this time if you have any questions or just want have a break and a chat. It’s also a chance to catch up with other students at the end of a busy week. Perhaps you could meet up with them here before visiting the Welcome Fair on the Downs! Refreshments will be available throughout the morning. 

Mature student mingles

You can come to mature student mingles to meet and chat about university life. We run these regularly during term time. Take a break from studying and have a coffee and biscuits with other mature students. You can share your experiences and ask any questions you may have.

The first mingle will be in teaching week 2. 

Mature Student Advocates

Mature Student Advocates are current students who are available to act as peer mentors to first-year students. They can help to improve the mature and part-time student experience at University.

Individual appointments

The Mature Students’ Adviser offers one to one support appointments throughout the year.

You can book an individual appointment online or request via email,

Mature Students' and Peer Support Adviser

Maria Tottle works with new and current foundation and undergraduate mature students who are studying full or part-time.

Tel: +44 (0)117 33 10631

If you are a postgraduate student please contact your deparment directly.

Book welcome events

Book your place on our welcome events.

Self-guided tour

Get to know the campus by taking a self-guided walk, narrated by current students.

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