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Age

The University of Southampton recognises that people of all ages can contribute to society, innovation and education. In particular, we have many mature students who have different needs to younger students, and the knowledge and experience of older staff are invaluable in teaching and supporting our members.

There are a number of age related issues faced by the University, which are as varied as the ages of students and staff who study and work here.

A number of our courses are especially popular with mature students, many of who have full-time jobs and require part-time study facilities. We also have an increasing number of undergraduates starting their degree aged 17, who need special consideration in organising events and may need additional welfare support.

New legislation has recently abolished the statutory retirement age, which requires a new approach to workforce planning and developing an understanding of the needs of an ageing staff body.

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