Our partners

Advancing Access

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.

Generating Genius

Generating Genius supports talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to realise their potential in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). Through their aspirational programme of science leadership, academic interventions and industry-linked opportunities for students they help ‘level the playing field’, and put disadvantaged young people in the running for places at the UK’s most selective universities. For further information, please visit their website.

Higher Education Liaison Officers Association (HELOA)

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.

INTO University

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 institutions 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 developed a programme of activities for target schools and students to encourage progression into higher education, apsiration and academic attainment. These activities include Articulacy sessions, e-Mentoring, theatre productions and Careerpilot workshops. As an institution we help to support these core activities whilst also providing events and activities targetting schools and students within and around Exeter/Cornwall.

For further information please contact Melody Barnes, Outreach Officer (NSSW). Email: M.Barnes@exeter.ac.uk

Realising Opportunities

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: realisingopportunties@exeter.ac.uk Phone: 01392 726181

Social Mobility Foundation

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 South West Academic Trust

The South West Academic Trust is a partnership of leading grammar schools in the South West and the University of Exeter. Our vision is to work together to raise achievement and aspiration within our schools and across the region. The involvement of the University of Exeter as a research intensive university creates opportunities for research and practice to come together to inform further developments in teaching and learning. The University supports the Trust schools and the partner community schools in their efforts to prepare students for transition to higher education. For further information, please visit the SWAT website.

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.

The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. They do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools. For further information, please visit their website