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Durham University News



Free University taster programme for mature students

(22 June 2005)

If you are an adult with no formal qualifications or have been away from education for some time and would like to study for a degree then the Mature Student Summer Programme at Durham University is for you.

The four-day programme of taster events from 4th -7th July is free and provides a gentle introduction to the Foundation Programme, a one year course which can lead straight into a Durham Degree. The programme is held daily from 9.30 am-2.30 pm at Durham University, Queen’s Campus, Stockton, which is on the Teesdale Estate, near the Tees Barrage.

On each of the four days students will be introduced to a new topic, from anthropology to writing essays and from biology to the World Wide Web, giving a friendly, jargon free look at some of the learning options open to mature students in higher education.

There will be an opportunity to meet existing and past Foundation Programme students who will help visitors to get acquainted with the Campus and will provide first-hand experiences about returning to education as an adult at Queen’s Campus.

Foundation Programme staff will be providing the taster sessions and will be on hand throughout the taster sessions to answer questions. There is also a special session to discuss the practical aspects of learning as an adult, including fees and finances.

All Summer School participants will receive a certificate of achievement from Durham University Foundation Programme. There is no obligation to progress to the Foundation Programme although some places are still available for the new academic year beginning in October.

Anyone interested in coming along to the Mature Student Summer Programme or wanting to know more about the Foundation Programme should contact Tracy on 0191 3340163, Zoe on 0191 3340172 or Carole on 0191 3340168.


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