Candidate for the position of Mature Students' Officer

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Luke White

Representing the community of non-standard students.

I've always disliked the idea of 'mature' as a term that identifies a part of the student body, as it implies that we are just a group of older students.

I think one of the biggest things that needs recognising in the student world is that a mature student doesn't have to just be older, as they can just be a student that has more responsibilities on their time and person than normal be that a full time job or a family.

And as a student that has to balance a full time job, a family and a child I undertand how this balancing act can impact on being a student, be that from the social elements to the time constraints on how to manage the workload at times when it feels like I can't.

I'd like to create some simple changes not just to the 'mature' student body but to any student that is in this position;

- more accessible information on support available

- more university initiative on what non-financial support is available  

- a social network developed either via the NUS group page or through other mediums so that people who fall into the non-standard student mould can engage with people in similar situations

And lastly to represent the groups as a whole to the NUS on matters that count towards the overall improvement of the student experience