At University College Galway ten per cent of places in the arts faculty are reserved for mature students.

Twenty seven year old Kathleen Kelly is due to sit her Leaving Certificate for the first time this year, with a view to studying Irish and politics at University College Galway (UCG) full time.

I lack the education and at this present time I am trying to rectify that.

Dean of Arts Dr Nollaig Mac Congáil says that while mature students may face some problems adjusting to college they tend to be highly motivated. Reasons for studying at third level are varied, ranging from improving career prospects to,

Looking for intellectual stimulation and fulfillment.

There is also no such thing as a typical mature student. Brigid Whorisky started college after she retired, completed a Master's programme and is now a tutor in philosophy. While she initially thought that studying would be difficult,

It turned out to be one of the most wonderful experiences of my life.

Trisha Bourke gave up her job as a shop manager last year to start her third level education. At twenty four years of age she believes she takes her studies more seriously than many younger students, and would encourage others to give it a try.

It’s definitely worth it.

Kathleen Kelly will find out in August if she has a place in UCG, but is already convinced that she is on the right track

It’s opened such a wide world to me.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 January 1998. The reporter is Margaret Ward.