Some of the year 10 students from schools across Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, London and Birmingham on campus.

Year 10 Easter Residentials

The University of Exeter was host to over 160 year 10 students from schools across Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, London and Birmingham over the school Easter holidays as part of our outreach and widening participation programmes. 

120 students from Devon, Dorset and Cornwall attended a two day residential programme between 4-7 April providing them with the opportunity to further their knowledge and understanding about progression routes and opportunities available within higher education. Students attending these residentials were provided with the opportunity to experience tasters in several academic subjects including; Humanities, Medical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences and Social Sciences. Students engaged in a ‘Creating your own society’ activity whilst in addition took part in a pub-style quiz in the evening.

40 students from London and Birmingham attended a four day residential between 10-13 April as part of our Experience Exeter programme. Experience Exeter is a four year widening participation programme aimed at reaching out to students from communities who traditionally don’t consider Exeter as a destination university. The programme was launched with the year 10 residential providing students with a taster of university life. Students attended numerous academic taster sessions whilst in the evenings enjoyed a varied social programme which included trips to bowling, the cinema and taking part in an Exeter challenge.

Our residentials were supported by teams of Student Ambassadors who were on-hand to provide knowledge and insights into life as a university student.

Outreach Manager, Dr Karl Devincenzi said: “Welcoming such a large number of students on to our campus was absolutely fantastic. Students were provided with a great opportunity to obtain a true representation of what university life can be like. For many, not only was this the first time away from home but also in many cases the first time they have made an independent visit to a location outside their region. Programmes such as these encourage students to consider higher education as a viable option and I am delighted with the feedback received from participants thus far.

We look forward to continuing to support these students through their academic journey into higher education.”

For further information about our widening participation programmes, please contact Dr Karl Devincenzi, Outreach Manager at

Date: 18 April 2017

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