Laura Moore, 28 from Shropshire is on her first year of a LLB Law degree at Bangor Law School. After working for ten years, Laura felt that it was time to progress in her career. But to do this, she felt that she needed a degree behind her.
"I came across Bangor whilst surfing the internet and it seemed so pretty and an excellent place for my children to grow up. I had a job that I loved but I knew that without a degree there would be a limit as to how far I could progress in my career so I decided to get one! Bangor University also has friendly staff and is set in an amazing location."
Matthew Saunders from Drury is studying a BA Business and Marketing degree at Bangor Business School.
"Bangor stood out above all other possible Universities as the No 1 RAE ranking for the Business School made it a very strong contender. As I came to University a little later in life at the age of 24, I was slightly concerned with being a ‘little’ older than the majority of undergraduates but this worry was soon put to rest when I attended an Open Day and discovered just how supportive the lecturers are towards mature students as well as direct entry A level students."
Stevie Fox, 63, from Llandudno Junction is in her final year at Bangor studying English Literature.
"I’m getting to read literature which I would have never thought of, I’m reading books I grew up with in a different way and I’m learning to interpret Shakespeare and poetry. The lecturers are great, they are enthusiastic, supportive and passionate about English."
Darren, 35 from Caernarfon is studying Computer Science at Bangor.
"Being a mature student I had my reservations about going back to University but studying at Bangor has made the return to education a pleasurable experience. The pace of the courses seem to be spot on with enough to keep you busy but not too much so you get snowed under. "
Eurig Williams, 29 is studying a BA Honours degree in Social Work at Bangor.
"I don't class myself as a mature student, as I am only 29 years young (old). But looking through the eyes of an 18 year old student who has just finished their A-levels, I may be deemed "OLD". The positive aspect of being a mature student is that I take my work more seriously, If i had enrolled on the Social Work course when I was 18 years old, then my situation would be different, socially, and financialy."
24 year old Chris Woodall, from Chester, is a former pupil of Helsby High School. He is currently in the second year of a Forestry degree course.
"The School is relaxed and supportive, and the lecturers are easy to reach and helpful. It's big enough for a great mix of people, but small enough that you aren't just lost in a crowd of faces."
Lester Hughes is 38 and from Pwllheli. He's a mature student in his first year of a Film Studies degree at Bangor.
"I thought I’d be at a disadvantage having never sat A levels or done any academic work, however being a mature student with 20 years of working life behind me makes me look at things from a different perspective from my fellow students who have just left school. I can relate to what the lecturers are conveying and add some of my experiences into discussions."