My journey as a mature student nurse

This is a guest blog by Louise Rowley, currently studying BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing at Bournemouth University. Before becoming a student nurse, I worked as a healthcare assistant on a hospital ward. While working, I regularly met BU students. They spoke highly of the course and they encouraged me to apply. I often thought about… Read more »

Studying Nursing at BU as a mature student

This is a guest blog by John, our current BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing student. Why nursing? Having spent 4 years as a support worker in a mental health unit in Southampton, I decided it was time to progress my career. Originally I was worried about my application, especially because I didn’t have grades in… Read more »

My Mum: The mature student

According to the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the number of mature (aged 21 or over) UK-domiciled students starting full-time first degrees has steadily increased over the past decade. It rose to 70,215 in 2015-16, which was an increase of 2.9 per cent on the previous year. It’s true what they say, returning to full-time… Read more »

Becoming a mature student midwife

Becoming a midwife has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, but from leaving school my personal and professional life had taken me down a different path. That was until 2015 and the birth of my third child when my midwife told me she had started her training following the… Read more »

A mature student’s perspective

As I near the end of my course I am starting to be asked – has it been worth going to university? Without hesitation I offer a resounding YES! But as a mature student your experience isn’t all about the night life (although we have been known to take part at times!). Indeed the sacrifices… Read more »