Older Adults in their First Year at University: Challenges, Resources and Support

Topham, P. (2015) Older adult students in their first year at university: Challenges, resources and support. Project Report. University of the West of England. Available Online: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/25888


Topham, P. (2015) Older adult students in their first year at university: Challenges, resources and support. Project Report.  University of the West of England.  Available Online: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/25888
Topham, P. (2015) Older adult students in their first year at university: Challenges, resources and support. Project Report. University of the West of England. Available Online: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/25888
In a recent report prepared by Phil Topham for the University of the West of England (UWE), 22 students aged 30 to 61 complete an open response survey about their challenges, resources, and support at three points in the academic year. The report was prompted by UWE stakeholders out of a recognition that older students represent a diverse and largely neglected population who tend to be low users of student services:

“an early observation was that the Students’ Union shop played a lot of hip-hop but not much Mozart. This stimulated thinking about older students in the university population and their visibility; the low profile of older students was evident from a walk around any of the university campuses” (p. 6)

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