Participants in the Exeter Progression Programme explore the variety of subjects that they can study through the scheme

Student conference helps area students learn about Higher Education opportunities

Year 12 students from across the South West gathered at the first-ever Exeter Progression Student Conference in order to expand their knowledge of, and explore opportunities in, Higher Education. 

The conference, held on 29 November at the University of Exeter's Streatham Campus, marked the launch of the Exeter Progression programme, which was designed to improve opportunities for academically gifted students from underrepresented groups in Higher Education.

The initiative allows partner schools from Axminster to Penzance work with the University to provide more than 200 students the chance to participate in activities focused on a subject of their choice. Areas of study offered by the scheme include Biosciences, Business and Management, Classics and Ancient History, English, Engineering, Geography, Law, Medical Professions, and Modern Languages.

As well as gaining valuable advice and guidance, students who complete the Exeter Progression will be well placed to enrol at the University and pursue an undergraduate degree.

Melissa Ruddock, Fair Access Officer, said: "We were delighted with the amount of interest we've seen in Exeter Progression and the obvious enthusiasm of the students taking part. Many participants will have come from families where nobody has been to university before, so it's important that these students understand the pathways that are open to them, and can therefore make informed decisions about their futures.

"This programme is part of the University's ongoing commitment to fair access, and to ensure that we attract the best and brightest students, regardless of background. We are now looking forward to working with participants over the next two years through a range of exciting subject-specific activities taking place both in Exeter and Cornwall."

For more information about Exeter Progress, visit, or contact Melissa Ruddock at

Date: 16 December 2014

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