The Big Bang South West
Advancing Access is a collaboration of 24 leading universities, including the University of Exeter, to provide free resources and online events for teachers and advisers on various topics to help them support their student’s progression to leading universities. Some of these topics include:
• Helping students choose post-16 subjects
• Helping students choose a university and a degree course
• Helping students apply to leading universities
• Information on how the admissions systems at leading universities work.
The Advancing Access website also hosts virtual conferences throughout the year where users can hear first-hand from university staff, ask questions through live discussion forums and share ideas with colleagues.
HELOA is the professional association of staff in higher education who provide guidance and information to prospective higher education students, their families and advisers. What binds the membership together is a commitment to encouraging high standards of professionalism. All HELOA members endeavour to promote entry to all sectors of Higher Education, and have concern for the nature and quality of the information and advice which is provided.
IntoUniversity provides local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve.
IntoUniversity began in 2002 as a homework club in North Kensington. They now are operating in 22 learning centres across London, Nottingham, Bristol, Oxford, Brighton, Leeds and Southampton, with ambitious plans to expand provision. At each local centre IntoUniversity offers an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration.
Next Steps South West
Next Steps South West (NSSW) is a consortium of 13 higher education insitutions based in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.The consortium includes: Plymouth University, the University of Exeter, the University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth College of Art, South Devon College, City College Plymouth, Exeter College and Petroc College. Partners in Cornwall include the Cornwall College Group, the University of Exeter Penryn Campus, Falmouth University, and Truro and Penwith College. Our Somerset partners include Strode College and Bridgwater and Somerset Colleges.
NSSW have developped a programme of activities for target schools and students to encourage progression into higher education, apsiration and academic attainment. At the moment these activities include Articulacy sessions, e-Mentoring, theatre productions and Careerpilot workshops. As an instituion we help to support these core activities and also provide additional to target schools and students within and around Exeter.
For further information please contact Melody Barnes, Outreach Officer (NSSW). Email: M.Barnes@exeter.ac.uk
The Realising Opportunities Scheme (RO) is an innovative, national scheme which was set up and is managed by 14 of the country’s leading, research-intensive universities to promote fair access and social mobility of students from groups underrepresented in higher education. Students who are part of this scheme take part in a programme of activities to inform them about their future options and provide them with the skills they will need to succeed at university. Students who take part in this programme will also benefit from RO universities giving their UCAS application additional consideration and an alternative offer.
Further information about this scheme including eligibility can be found here. Alternatively please contact Jenny Rusk, Fair Access Officer.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 01392 726181
Each year we run an overnight visit in partnership with the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) at our Streatham Campus. The SMF is a charity which aims to improve social mobility of young people form low-income backgrounds.
The Big Bang South West
The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people aged 7-19 in the UK. The University of Exeter is pleased to host one of 15 regional Big Bang events – The Big Bang South West in collaboration with the Devon Education Business Partnership.