Mature Students' Officer Role

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 and over and self-defines as a mature student using RUSU’s website.

RUSU also considers students who self-define as having being 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.

What's the role?

Representing Mature Students’ interests within the:

  • Union
  • University
  • NUS Mature Students’ Conference

What's involved?

You will be acting:

As a Contact

  • Key point of contact for Mature Students
  • Signpost students to the relevant services
  • Engage International students with the Union’s democratic functions
  • Refer postgraduate students with academic issues to the relevant Postgraduate Students’ Officer

As a Campaigner

A campaign can consist of events, initiatives and projects

  • Run campaigns that create positive change
  • Plan awareness raising events and activities
  • Work with the Postgraduate Research and Taught Students’ Officers’ on improving the student experience of postgraduate students

As a Representative

Represent Mature students’ interests within the union, university and nationally by:

  • Attending university committees
  • Speaking up at Student Voice
  • Engaging at the NUS Sections Conference

All for the benefit of Mature Students

What’s in it for me?

  • Great networking opportunities both within the university and outside
  • A chance to create positive change for current and future Mature students
  • Build valuable relations with academic staff
  • Develop skills and get experience future employers will notice
  • Meet new people

Am I eligible?

If you self-define as a mature student and are enrolled on a course during the academic year nominations are held then yes, you are!

  • Undergraduate student aged 21 or over on the first day of their course.
  • Postgraduate student aged 25 or over on the first day of their course.
    NOTE: In order to run as a postgraduate, please ensure that you self-define as a mature student.

How do I get this role?

You’ll need to nominate yourself for the role when elections open. You’ll need to submit a short manifesto detailing what you’d like to change as Mature Students' Officer. We have written a guide on how to write a great manifesto.

Download Part-Time Officer role description and time commitment