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Support for students from underrepresented groups

Support for students from underrepresented groups

Support for students from underrepresented groups

Support for students from underrepresented groups

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 and developing their employability and career plans as they transition into university and 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 click here

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 employer.
  • 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.
  • Student and alumni career stories including their tips and advice on how to reach out for help and support.

Appointments can either be face-to-face or online and are 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 (all campuses).

For more information about how to get the most out of your appointment visit our Maximise Your Appointment page.

For further information about appointments click here.  

Access to Internships (A2I) is a scheme to help Exeter undergraduate 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 here.

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 click here

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, e.g., Insight days and work experience, mentoring, skills sessions and ongoing one-to-one support.

Other opportunities to support your employability

The Global Leader Experience is a week-long immersive visit to a fascinating city where you will be faced with challenges you would not ordinarily face in the UK. 

The “Employability Monsters” research project aims to explore and better understand:

  • The challenges and barriers that undergraduate students from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups face with the development of their employability
  • How we can further develop support to enable undergraduate students from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups to be better equipped to overcome these barriers and challenges.

To find out more, please click here.