About My Role
The Mature Students' Officer role is to represent mature student’s interests and to campaign on
any relevant issues.
Hello/Shmae! I’m Hannah, your Mature Student Officer. I am 35 years old and I have lived just outside Cardiff all my life.
When I finished school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I made the decision to leave education and get a job. I worked for Tesco for 14 years. Whilst the job did not fulfil me, I thoroughly enjoyed the daily interaction with both my colleagues and customers from all walks of life.
When I was 24, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and this has proved an ongoing challenge in my life.
I’m a full time Mum to two children, Keiran and Aaron. Keiran is now 15. His passion is being a DJ and he is preparing for the daunting prospect of GSCE examinations. Like most teenagers, he can sometimes push the boundaries but is a strong role model for his 7-year-old brother, Aaron. Aaron is autistic. He is a happy child, but his care needs are such that he requires a great deal of supervision and guidance.
The decision to return to education was by no means an easy one but one I felt was right for us. I successfully completed an access course and secured a place at Cardiff University studying English Literature and Creative Writing.
I’m about to begin my third year at the University, and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience of being a student. It is not without challenges and balancing study with home life is a constant juggling act. That said, I have thrown myself in to university life and grasped every opportunity.
My involvement with the Student Union began when I applied and then became a member of the Vice President of Education’s Executive Committee. I have also been a Student Mentor, Student Representative and have been involved in the Board of Studies and Student Staff Panel meetings as a secretary.
I am excited to take on this new role as Mature Student Officer because I have experienced first-hand some of the challenges being a mature student can present. I will be a source of support and guidance for all mature students in the university and will strive to ensure that the experience of university life for mature students is as enjoyable and stress free as possible. To this end, I have been liaising with the Student Mentor Team to discuss how the mentoring scheme can further help mature students.
It is my goal to create and maintain a sense of community for all mature students at the university. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime, even it is just for a chat.