Never too old to learn

Cover of The Mature Student's handbookDo you envy those with a bit of paper from university? Do you think “If I had the chance I could do that”?

Did you try university when you were younger and wonder if you could give it another try?

Are you are over 55 years of age and have not studied for the last five years? If you are you can apply for the Deans Award which will pay half of your fees.

Stepping Stones A Guide for Mature-aged Students at University Book coverHave you always had an interest in Greek myths or Medieval Europe, or wished you had learnt Māori or French at school? Do you want to read the great works of English or find out about Picasso? Do you want to explore what makes science good bad or bogus or discuss god and human freedom determinism then the University of Canterbury have the course for you.

If you want you can study for as little as one semester and take on subject or you could study for a year and get a Certificate of Proficiency in that course or courses. If you want to take a few courses and study part-time without studying for a degree you can get a Certificate in Arts. There are further options of a Certificate in Languages or Te Pourua Reo: Diploma in Languages (Te Reo Māori) for those who do not wish to complete a full degree or if you decide you can complete a Bachelor of Arts. You can even select your own programme of study with the help of a Student advisor.

If you need to speak to somebody who studied at University as an older student then I have the chap for you. Dr. Jefferey Paparoa Holman from UC Arts Lifelong Learning would be happy to talk to you about his experiences of starting out late in life on a university degree.

Mature students their life experience to their course of study bringing a whole new perspective to classes. Mature students are motivated and know how to work and apply themselves they give their experience to society. University life now has much more support for students than in the past and you do not have to buy as many books as much is available online.

How to study again book cover

Have I perked your interest? Have a look at our library resources on how to study again and studying in New Zealand as a mature student.

Are you or have you studied as a mature student? Share your story with us.

Nanotechnology in Christchurch

The study of a world so small, we can’t see it – even with a light microscope. That world is the field of nanotechnology, the realm of atoms and nanostructures. (How stuff works)

Christchurch is playing host to a Nanotechnology Festival. It includes a range of interesting events. The University of Canterbury website has full details, and bookings for the Don Eigler and Kim Hill events (they are free to attend, but require booking).

Events include:

  • Don Eigler, IBM, USA, “Playing with atoms” – Wednesday 1 September
    Don is a pioneer of nanotechnology and the winner of the 2010 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience.
  • Kim Hill hosts “A big discussion about small things” – Wednesday 8 September
    Views on nanotechnology from across the spectrum of scientists, Maori, government regulators, and more.
  • The Art of Nanotechnology – Wednesday 11 August to Friday 10 September
    An exhibition at Our City O-Tautahi featuring intriguing nanotechnology images, and art inspired by nanotechnology.
  • Nanotechnology at Science Alive – from 28 August
    The science behind nanotechnology, with a Christchurch flavour.

If you want to know more about nanotechnology, there’s a range of Nanotechnology material (non-fiction and fiction) at Christchurch City Libraries.  How Stuff Works has a useful explanation on what nanotechnology is all about.