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Student Life
Mature Students

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who are mature students
Mature Students at LIS

Returning to education can be a way to reach your career goals, earn a higher salary, or to expand your knowledge in a particular field of interest.

At LIS, we define mature students as individuals who are returning to education after a significant break.

They can be of any age, but typically they are over the age of 21. There are different pools of mature students, some of which include:

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Why choose LIS as a mature student?

At LIS we believe that everyone should have the ability to change the trajectory of their career or pick up new skills and knowledge at any point of their life. At LIS, we offer a unique approach to learning, which we believe is particularly suited to mature students.

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Explore problems like climate change, inequality, and the future of cities
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focus on what interests you
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develop a broad understanding of multiple subjects and disciplines
Bring together skills and knowledge
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Work on real problems with real organisations
project-based learning
Why LIS?

LIS combines interdisciplinary teaching with real-world problem-solving, helping students develop skills that will allow them to bridge connections between various disciplines and tackle complex real-life problems, such as climate and biodiversity, the ethics of AI, social inequality and more.

LIS is a place where life experience has value - which mature students have in buckets. And our programme aims for real-life application.

Why decide to return to education?

Returning to education can be intimidating, especially if you've been out of the game for a while. But, It's never too late to invest in yourself and your future. At LIS, we know that going back to school is a big decision, but we also know that it can be one of the most rewarding choices you ever make.

Our innovative approach to education, combined with our real-world focus, means that you'll be equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to tackle any challenge that comes your way. So don't let fear hold you back.

Student Life at LIS

LIS's unique approach to learning means that mature students can benefit from being a part of a diverse community with students and faculty from different backgrounds and disciplines. This can help to broaden their perspectives, challenge their assumptions, encourage them to think creatively and critically and build a network they wouldn't have had otherwise.

We also offer eligible students the chance to take part in internships during the summer, each year. In the past, students have had the opportunity to work with companies from a pool of 200+ organisations in our network, such as MTR Elizabeth Line, Innocent Drinks, B Corp, and more. You can learn more about our internship opportunities and hear from our current students here.

Take the Leap

If you're a mature student looking to take your career to the next level and tackle complex real-world problems head-on, then LIS is the place for you. Our interdisciplinary approach, focus on real-world problem-solving, and unique teaching methods set them apart from the rest.

Don't settle for an education that won't prepare you for the multifaceted challenges of the real world. Choose LIS and join a community of like-minded individuals who are ready to make a difference.

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Support available for mature students

We know that starting a degree is a big life transition. We want to make sure you have the support you need—whether it’s help with your academics, professional, or personal circumstances.

You can read more about the student support and wellbeing initiatives we offer as part of our commitment to a consistently evolving student here.

As an LIS student, you’ll be able to shape what wellbeing looks like at LIS.

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Get involved with a broad range of clubs & socs
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Enjoy our common room between classes
Financial support for mature students

We want you to have as few barriers as possible when making the choice to return to education. You’ll find information on your eligibility for financial support, such as grants and benefits on Turn2Us, a national charity that provides help to those who are struggling financially.

Check if you are eligible for a childcare grant, free childcare, or a parent’s learning allowance, if applicable.

If you wish to discuss your entry requirements, grant eligibility or have questions about LIS, feel free to contact the admissions team at with any questions or concerns. We’re here to help this process be as smooth as possible.

Get in Touch

If you wish to meet with one of our team to discuss anything related to LIS or our programmes, we can arrange a virtual call or a campus tour.

Making the decision to return to education can be a tough transition. If you want to discuss the process with a current mature student of ours, we will do our best to arrange a call with someone who understands your position first-hand.

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