About Lifers

The Lifelong and Flexible Learners Forum (aka Lifers) is a subcommittee responsible for representing students who have started university after a break from education, or from a non-traditional route. We believe that every student at St Andrews deserves the opportunity to have a positive experience, whatever their age or personal circumstances.

We support a community which is made up of commuters, parents, postgraduates, evening, and part-time students. As a group we have hitchhiked for charity, held family fun days, organised pantomime trips, got involved in Freshers’ Week events, held pot luck dinners, and a charity auction.

We have three main goals in mind:

  1. Representation – ensuring our views are heard, and working with the university to address issues.
  2. Wellbeing – doing all we can to improve engagement with university life. We want Lifers to avoid feeling isolated from the wider student body, and we offer peer support
  3. Events – we organise a busy calendar of events each year. We also get involved in the many amazing events which take place in and around the Union. So, whether it’s a ball, a fundraiser, a family event, or an early morning dip in the North Sea we’ll see you there.


We hold committee meeetings once per month and all students are welcome to attend. As a subcommittee of the Students' Association, every matriculated student is automatically a member. Come along to our stall at Freshers’ Fayre and say hello.