The M&PT Forum provides a space to share best practice and work collaboratively on projects to tackle the specific challenges that face HE access and progression for mature and part-time students.


    • To develop learning or information materials or signpost to existing resources;
    • To jointly deliver activities with the target group;
    • To jointly deliver activities with the staff who support and advise this group including college teaching and careers staff, employers, local authorities and HE practitioners;
    • To maximise opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, networking, information sharing and best practice.

E-communities of practice

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, AccessHE has cancelled all scheduled in-person events, meetings and activity indefinitely. We see this period of virtual engagement as an opportunity to extend the ways in which the Forum can support members and partners through virtual “communities of practice”. As such, the Forum will meet for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year virtually.

To join the e-community (Microsoft Teams) or for general inquiries, please contact us.

Resource hub

A repository of historic materials, papers and resources related to the Forum. Click here for access (password-protected).

To request password access, please contact us or message us on Microsoft Teams.

Pre 2020

This newly established group coordinated a community engagement audit to understand existing relationships with mature audiences in community groups and venues, and determined its future themes around contextual admissions and working internally within institutions to champion the needs of mature and part-time learners.

2020 and beyond

The Forum explored data on M&PT student success/attrition, engaged the Lifelong Learning Centre to understand best practice, explored collaborative community outreach initiatives and is exploring contextual admissions policies relating to M&PT students from across the membership and the wider sector.

2020-21 meetings