Mature Learners in Further and Higher Education: a symposium
  • Smeaton Building, University of Plymouth

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This one-day symposium is designed to showcase research into adult education from across the UK. It seeks to highlight issues affecting mature learners (over the age of 21) and adult learners returning to education.

The symposium examines pertinent themes such as age, induction, decision-making, family commitments and pedagogical practices.

For example, what do we know about the impact of different pedagogical approaches on mature learners and how do lone parents experience higher education? A focus on this area of education is needed not only to improve the student experience, but increase retention rates.

The event will be of interest particularly to those involved in supporting and researching mature and adult learners from across the disciplines, who wish to share research approaches and ideas, as well as stimulate potential collaborations.

The event is jointly supported by SCUTREA and PedRIO. If you would like to attend this event, please register your place via the above link. The deadline for registration is Friday 23 June 2017.


  • Salma Moosavi (University of Southampton): Decision Making and Vocational Education
  • Farhat Syyeda (University of Leicester): Maths+Me: Rediscovering Maths as an Adult
  • Reema Muneer (University of Plymouth): Lone parents and Higher Education
  • Charlie Sutton (University of Leicester): Does Age Matter in Higher Education?
  • Louise Webber (University of Plymouth): Juggling Higher Education Studies and Family Life

The symposium is followed by the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching and Learning Conference on Friday 30th June in the Roland Levinsky Building.

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