The old ones are the best

5th January 1996 at 00:00
Mature students are outperforming younger ones, judging by a five-year study of degree results at Plymouth University.

Sherria Hoskins, a psychology lecturer and postgraduate student at the university, discovered that students under 25 graduated on average with lower seconds between 1991 and 1995, whereas those in their late 20s and older achieved upper seconds. She also found that people over 25 with non-traditional entry qualifications obtained better degrees than those with A-levels.

Women generally gained a better degree than men, and arts students outscored those doing business, technical or social sciences courses.

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