Mature students

Mature students enrolled at Oxford Brookes have a wide range of services and support available to them. 

The information below will help to steer you in the right direction, however there is also a member of our Wellbeing team who you can contact if you need to speak to someone.


Admissions queries

Queries about support for prospective mature students


Top tips


  • See your Academic Adviser during their scheduled office hours. Their hours will be available on Student Information once you have enrolled.
  • Treat study as if you were going to work.
  • Get to know the staff in your admin office as they can be a great source of information.
  • If you have study worries, let somebody know.
  • Don’t buy books until you’ve checked what’s available second hand or what’s available in the Libraries.
  • Use the Libraries – the Library and Forum on the Headington Campus is open 7 days a week, with a café. You can also access materials/resources from home/anywhere with an internet connection.


  • Keep your family up to date with what you are doing and talk to them about the time you need to focus on your study. Going to university can have an emotional impact and they may begin to feel ‘left out’ or, in some cases, ‘left behind’.
  • If you’re feeling anxious or a little stressed, talk to somebody, e.g. peers, somebody in your seminar group, Counselling, your Student Support Co-ordinator or your Academic Adviser.


  • Make sure you have a back-up plan for when they are ill and can’t go to school or nursery.
  • Study and childcare is possible - it just needs a little planning, time management and resourcefulness.