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Strategy and governance

Strategy and governance

What is Success for All?

Success for All is a major strand of our Education Strategy which aims to help deliver the University’s ambitions in building a diverse, welcoming and inclusive learning community where everyone is supported to realise their potential. 

Headed by our DVC Education, Professor Tim Quine, Success for All aims to widen participation, close gaps in student outcomes and build an inclusive university culture across all levels of study. It delivers against a number of key strategic measures identified within our sovereign strategies - particular our Education Strategy and Access and Participation Plan – via a single Success for All Plan and joint governance structure aligned with our equality, diversity and inclusion vision and the work of the Provost Commission.

Involving academic and professional services staff and students from across the University, work streams focus on key areas of the student journey to address gaps in outcomes between different student groups and support an inclusive learning environment e.g.

  • Access: working with pupils, under-represented groups and schools to widen participation into higher education
  • Transition and induction: providing the right academic, pastoral, wellbeing and practical support at key points of the educational journey to help students succeed
  • Inclusive education and student support: making sure what we teach, how we teach it and our support for learners, is relevant and inclusive
  • Progression: enabling students whatever their background, social economic status or family situation to succeed in the workplace

A number of working groups focus on developing policy and interventions to support students with specific needs.

A number of working groups focus on specific areas of the student journey. All report to the Success for All Strategy Group chaired by Professor Tim Quine, Deputy Vice Chancellor Education.

Group Remit Chair
Success for All Strategy Group
  • Strategic direction and alignment
  • Regulatory and policy matters
Professor Tim Quine DVC Education
Access Working Group
  • Widening access to higher education
  • Fair access programmes and educational partnerships
Nicola Sinclair, Head of WP and UK Student Recruitment
Transition and Induction Working Group
  •  Creating an institutional framework for transition and induction
Professor Peter Vukusic, Professor of BioPhotonics
Success and Inclusive Education Working Group
  • Embedding inclusive education within our policies and procedures
  • Developing strategies to address gaps in retention and degree outcomes
Dr Vrinda Nayak, Associate Academic Dean for Race Equality and Inclusive Education
Progression Working Group
  • Addressing gaps in graduate outcomes particularly students on low household incomes
Paul Blackmore, Head of Student Employability and Academic Success
Student Funding Working Group
  • Developing and evaluating effective funding and bursary support
Nicola Sinclair, Head of WP and UK Student Recruitment

A number of working groups focus on developing policy and interventions to support students with specific needs.

Under-represented Students Group
  • Developing policies and related support for marginalised and under-represented groups such as care leavers, estranged students, student carers and asylum seekers
Natalie Bracher, Access and Participation Officer
Mature Students Group
  • Identifying and developing interventions to support mature students
Dr Sam Pollard, Senior Lecturer Medical Science
WP in PG Group
  • Research and analysis to understand barriers to access and success in postgraduate study
  • Policy and intervention development to better support widening participation at PG level
Sam Dyer, WP Strategy and Evidence Manager

Each of our Academic Colleges has a Success for All Group focusing on discipline priorities.

  • Support the implementation of SfA within Colleges
  • Oversee annual widening participation plans
  • Identify discipline-specific issues and interventions to help close gaps in student outcomes
Professor Nicky King, Associate Dean for Education
CLES Dr Richard Winsley, Associate Dean for Education
CHM Professor Ian Fussell, Associate Dean for Education 
HUMS Professor Henry Power, Associate Dean for Education
SISS Professor Beverley Hawkins, Associate Dean for Education
UEBS Dr Alison Truelove, Director Centre for Innovation for Business Education

What are we doing?

Here are a few examples of the work undertaken in each area.

  • Supporting the attainment of school pupils through educational partnerships, teaching enrichment and initiatives like Study Buddies
  • Working regionally to build capacity and support social mobility e.g through research, regional skills collaborations and our UniConnect partnerships
  • Widening and diversifying our applicant pool e.g. targeted recruitment and progression support; programme development; contextual offers and admissions support
  • Encouraging and supporting underrepresented students to progress to HE e.g. through our fair access schemes like Exeter Scholars, online outreach via Discover University
  • Working extensively with pupils, teachers and schools providing advice, guidance, teaching enrichment, skills support and CPD
Transition & induction
  • Developing a university-wide framework for transition and induction
  • Providing academic, wellbeing and practical support for widening participation students joining the university via enhanced transition
  • Specialist support for students with disabilities before they start their studies
  • Additional information and support for students in response to Covid
Success & Inclusive Education
  • Development of good practice toolkits to help academics embed inclusive practice e.g Education Toolkit
  • Supporting personal tutors and making improvements to our academic tutoring system
  • Creating Inclusive Education champions within Colleges to provide specialist student support
  • Developing approaches to embed inclusive programme and module design
  • Supporting anti-racist pedagogies and sharing good practice on decolonial and inclusive curricula
  • Creating employability and networking opportunities for widening participation students through a variety of schemes such A2I and Professional Pathways
  • Providing bespoke employability consultancy for key student groups
  • Opening opportunities for international and/or field experience for all students
Student funding
  • Creation of the Success for All Fund – a one-stop shop for accessible hardship and bursary support and self-help tools
  • Emergency financial assistance scheme in response to Covid
  • Evaluating efficacy of Access to Exeter Bursary and recommending improvements
  • Facilitating join up and signposting for students needing financial help with other wellbeing and support services when needed and vice versa
Mature students
Under-represented Students
  • Consultation and research to understand the needs of specific student groups
  • Development of policies and support e.g. for estranged students, student carers and care leavers
  • Adoption of best practice frameworks e.g. Care Leavers’ Covenant, Stand Alone Pledge, NECL Quality Mark etc.
WP in PG
  • Research and analysis to improve knowledge of gaps in access and success for PG students
  • Recommendations on university policy and practice to improve WP in PG