Widening participation

Supporting students from all backgrounds into higher education

We believe in the principle that everyone with the potential to benefit from higher education should have equal opportunity to do so.

Our goals are to widen participation in higher education; raise pupil attainment; and put students on a level playing field to ensure they enjoy the best possible outcomes at University and as graduates.

Our 2019/20 Access Agreement explains our priorities for widening participation and the work we are undertaking to improve the life chances of students who are under-represented in higher education.

A summary of our work includes:

  • 4,000 pupils a year receiving 17,500 hours of activities designed to improve subject knowledge, build skills and help them make informed choices about higher education.
  • 500 pupils participating in our residential Easter and Summer schools
  • 400 students enrolled this year on our post-16 progression regional pathway
  • Schemes and support for mature students, care leavers, students with mental health issues, disabled students and students who don’t have the support of a family network
  • Pre and post-16 progression programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students
  • Financial support via Access to Exeter bursary and additional bursary and hardship support
  • One to one employability advice, paid internships and international experiences
  • Academic skills support to help widening participation students excel
  • Sponsorship of schools and partnerships with charities providing educational support for inner city pupils
  • Partnership with Exeter Links Schools providing activities, programmes and teacher support

Download our Access and Participation Plan

You can download our full Access and Participation plan 2019/20 (pdf) to find out more detail about our efforts to widen participation.