Mature Student Office Supports

Mature Students Office Supports

The Mature Student Office (MSO) supports all mature students in UCC studying full-time undergraduate degrees. We offer a wide range of supports and initiatives specifically designed for mature students and for enhancing your mature student experience. Our office is a place where mature students can come to be listened to, ask questions, and all within an open, honest, non-judgemental and empathetic environment. We advise mature students on how best to use the student services available to them within the University and we provide customised and dedicated supports responding to the diverse and unique needs of all our mature students.


The MSO provides tutoring for students on a case by case basis. Students must contact the MSO on 021 490 1873 or email to discuss the challenges they are experiencing and to see how this can be best addressed. Where suitable, the MSO will organise one to one or group tutorials for students. These tutorials and the format they will take will be decided between the student, the tutor and the MSO.

To find out more, or to register your interest, please call Damian Butler on (021) 4902141 or email


Mature & Postgraduate Student Common Room

The Mature & Postgraduate Student Common Room is located on the ground floor of ‘Number 4, Carrigside, College Road’. Mature & Postgraduate Students can us this dedicated space during the relevant opening hours. This space can be used to make a cup of tea or coffee, read the paper, eat their lunch, use the computers provided and/or catch up with other mature students during the opening hours. This room is open during Semester 1 & 2, study and exam weeks only. Excludes Public and Bank Holidays.

Opening Times:

Monday to Thursday:  8:00am - 7:00pm

Friday:  8:00am - 4:00pm

Life Coaching

Life Coaching is a future oriented opportunity that aims to help people when they feel stuck or want to bring about personal changes to their lives and work; to shift their perspective, reflect on their choices and realise their full potential. Coaching is a powerful relationship for people wanting to make these important changes in their lives and their careers. It is a relationship where the total focus is on the person and on what will help them achieve their goals. We are pleased to once again be able to offer mature students the opportunity to avail of life coaching sessions. These sessions are provided by a trainee life coach as part of their professional qualification. Students who have availed of this service in the past have regarded it as ‘particularly invaluable’.

For further information, please contact the Mature Student Office on .


Subject Specific Tutorials

Subject specific tutorials are provided for mature students, by the Mature Student Office, in certain subject areas. These areas include subjects such as:

1. Maths, Physics and Chemistry for students studying in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

2. Maths and Statistics for students studying in the College of Business and Law  

3. Chemistry for students studying Pharmacy and Nursing.


The tutorials are known as Pre PAL clinics and students are informed of the tutorials when they are available.

Exam Preparation

Tutorials in Exam preperation will be provided in both semesters. Details will be posted once they are available.

General Supports

The MSO has an open door policy. Students can contact the office via email, phone or just drop in. We can help students by putting them in touch with the relevant support services within UCC, advocating on their behalf, providing them with information and, most importantly, listening.  

It is important to note that the MSO is not a counseling service, rather staff in the office direct students to the appropriate services when required.

The MSO provides a confidential service.

Mature Student Office

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