The Mature Students’ Part-time Officer forms part of our diversity
team, working alongside other student reps to promote the views of the
student body. This voluntary role should take no more than 10-12 hours
a term to fulfil, though this is flexible depending on you and what
you want to achieve.
What does the Mature Students’ Officer do?
The Mature Students’ Officer represents the views and interests of
mature undergraduate and postgraduate students, by acting on behalf of
mature students within RUSU and the University. As Mature Students’
Officer, you’ll be invited to attend meetings and discussions to
provide insight from a mature student’s perspective. You’ll also act
as a key point of contact, helping to build a support network for
mature students at the University of Reading.
On top of this, you’ll have the help and resources needed to lead on
projects for the benefit of mature students, such as campaigns and
events. It’s a great opportunity to develop new skills, all whilst
improving the university experience shared by the students you
What skills or experience can I gain?
Becoming a Part-time Officer will give you a number of fantastic
opportunities to develop and enhance new skills that you may not get
directly from your academic experience. Many of these skills are
transferrable, and will be a huge asset to you in the future.
If you’ve returned to study after spending time in a career, you may
be able to use the opportunity to refine your skills, or learn
completely new things that you haven’t had the chance to explore
Some examples of these skills include:
Project Management & Leadership. You can develop and refine this
highly sought after experience by leading on projects for the
benefit of mature students.
Event Planning. Refine or develop skills in event planning &
hosting with dedicated support from a team of staff within RUSU.
Copywriting & Design. You’ll have the opportunity to help develop
content for RUSU’s social channels and The Reading Rep magazine,
getting hands on with a range of digital media.
These are just three examples of some of the skills you can gain, but
there is the scope for you to develop the skills you value most
highly. Whether it be policy writing, media creation, or public
speaking, we’ll give you the tools to develop your ideas for the
benefit of all mature students.
It sounds great! How do I get the role?
First, you’ll need to ensure you are eligible - RUSU defines a mature
student as any undergraduate student who started their course aged 21
and over, or any postgraduate student who started their course aged 25
RUSU also considers students who self-define as having been
financially independent for three years prior to the start of their
undergraduate course, as having caring responsibilities and/or as care
leavers, as mature students.
You can self-define as a mature student in your your
You’ll need to nominate yourself for the role when elections open.
You’ll then need to submit a short manifesto detailing why you think
you would make a great Mature Students’ Officer. We have written a
how to write a great manifesto to help you to do this.
Even if you decide against running, make sure you self-define and vote
in the election to choose who represents you!
Like the idea, but this specific role isn’t for you? Check out our
Officer roles, or see how
else you can get involved.