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Careers Support

Why focus on students from underrepresented groups?

The University is committed to supporting students from all walks of life and embraces diversity within its community. Students from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups often face barriers in accessing Higher education developing their employability and career plans as they transition a) into university and b) into their post-graduation destination.

Certain features of the graduate labour market can disadvantage people from underrepresented backgrounds, so some students find it easier to make the move into graduate level employment than others. We believe that all students should have equal and fair access to opportunities and the chance to thrive in the right career

Which students are from underrepresented groups?

Underrepresented groups include - care leavers, student carers, students with disabilities, estranged students, students from low income households, mature students, students with mental health support needs, BAME students ,asylum seekers and refugees. For more information on the wider University support -

Employability support available for students from underrepresented groups:

Supporting Equality and Diversity online resources - including information on:

  • Disclosing a protected characteristic, including disability, to an employer during the recruitment process or whilst employed
  •  Specific information about employability support and initiatives in relation to carers, care leavers, criminal convictions, disability, ethnicity, first generation students, gender, gypsy, roma & traveller, lower socio economic background, maturity, military families and sexual orientation.

One to one confidential appointments –
The appointments can be either face to face or online and designed to offer personalised one to one advice and guidance and give you time to discuss your career questions and concerns. They normally last about 30 minutes, but please let us know if you think you will require extra time and we will do what we can to accommodate this.
To book, you can contact us via the Live Chat icon at the bottom of this page or phone us on +44(0)1392 724493 (both campuses).

For more information about how to get the most out of your appointment visit maximise your appointment:

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Access to Internships:

Access to Internships (A2I) is a scheme to help Exeter UG students from underrepresented groups arrange a UK paid internship with the support of funding. All funding is issued on a first-come-first-serve basis.
A2I, together with the Career Zone, can help you:
• Identify potential internship employers
• Make an effective approach to request a paid internship
• Provide generous funding to offset the cost of an internship

For further information and to see if you are eligible see -

Specific opportunities for students from underrepresented groups:

Access to Exeter (ATE) bursary peer mentor scheme - opportunity to gain support and guidance from final year ATE students who have shared experiences.. To receive more information email: Kate Foster –

upReach is a social mobility charity that partners with the University (and employers) to support students from lower socio economic backgrounds reach their full potential. Includes access to employer led opportunities eg. Insight days and work experience , mentoring, skills sessions and ongoing 1to1 support -


Other opportunities to support your employability:

Help with developing professional contacts and experience:

International opportunities:


Student and Alumni profiles:

Read a range of stories from our current students and graduates. They share both their career plans/ideas, and also top tips and advice on how to reach out for help and support and how they’ve enhanced their employability - Click here


Interested in helping shape the Employability and Careers support for students from under-represented groups?

Through our “Employability Monsters” research project we want to explore and better understand the challenges and barriers that students from underrepresented groups face with their future career choices. In signing up you’ll take part in an online workshop and use LEGO Serious Play® as a way to explore the challenges and barriers you face in developing your employability and future career plans.

The Career Zone is looking for 100 students (UK first and final year undergraduates) from the following underrepresented groups:

  •  Lower socio–economic (students in receipt of an Access to Exeter Bursary)
  • BAME,
  • Disabled,
  • Mature,
  • Care leavers/care experienced/estranged students.

 All participants will receive a £10 Voucher and importantly a free set of LEGO!

 To find out more about the Project and register an interest -

Useful links:
• Success for all Fund –
• Wellbeing support -
• Study Zone -
• Guild Advice Unit (Exeter) -
• Student Union welfare (Cornwall) -
• Exeter Speaks Out -