Coronavirus Information for Exeter Scholars Participants

Here you can find all of the information about how the ongoing covid-19 situation is affecting the Exeter Scholars programme and our participants in years 12 and 13. We will continue to amend and add to this page when new information is made available.

Year 12

We have now taken the decision to cancel all Exeter Scholars subject activity sessions that were due to take place until the end of July 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We have taken this decision with the aim of safeguarding the health and welfare of our participants, visitors, students and staff. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but your safety is our top priority.

If event cancellation extends beyond this then we will of course be in touch. The Exeter Scholars website will be updated to reflect these changes, but you will always be contacted by email in the first instance.

At present, all events until the end of July 2020 have now been cancelled. However, to allow for an extension of this session cancellation, and to ensure parity with all other programme pathways affected by the covid-19 situation, we have amended the pass criteria for all Exeter Scholars participants as follows:

All Exeter Scholars participants will be required to complete a minimum of 5 different activities delivered by the University of Exeter by 31st December 2020 in order to pass the programme and qualify as an Exeter Scholar. Events already completed (subject activity sessions, live online Q&A forums, the Exeter Scholars Student Conference, etc.) count towards this, and future activities can be entirely online providing that your participation can be evidenced. This evidence could include posting questions in the live online Q&A forums, logging into events that require pre-registration, etc..

We are working to ensure that you still receive as full an Exeter Scholars experience as possible. By meeting the minimum time requirement and passing the programme, you will qualify as an Exeter Scholar and access the Exeter Scholars benefits. We hope that you will also gain all of the information that you joined the programme to find.

Please do contact us if you have any questions about this.

We will continue to process travel claims for any events that have already taken place. We will also process travel claims for any sessions for which participants have already purchased travel tickets. Please do send these to exeterscholars@exeter.ac.uk where possible.

As the Exeter Scholars team will be working remotely, we will not be able to receive hard copy travel claims in the post. If you are one of the few individuals who has made arrangements with us for submitting travel claims in hard copy by post, please get in touch to inform us if you have travel claims to submit; we will make alternative arrangements for you.

Our live online Q&A forums are still going ahead, as these do not require any travel for either our participants or the Student Ambassadors.

These live online Q&A forums are not compulsory. However, participating in online forums counts towards your attendance for the Exeter Scholars programme (NB: participation in any two online forums counts as one subject activity session), but you must be identifiable from your username and ask at least one question per forum. We encourage you to engage with these online forums if you can while your subject activity strands are suspended.

We have now added two new dates for the live online Q&A forums. These are Tuesday 14th April and Thursday 14th May. We will continue to add new dates for the live online Q&A forums if required.

You can find all the required information about these online forums, including all dates and information about how to take part, here.

As we’re sure you can appreciate, Open Day planning is hard to confirm at this stage. The official advice from the University of Exeter is as follows:

Our May Open Days will not take place on campus either in Devon or in Cornwall but we are organising alternative opportunities for you to visit us in person at a later date. We are also planning a series of live online events for you to experience all that we have to offer and help you make informed decisions about studying with the University of Exeter.

In the meantime, please sign up for our Open Days as usual via our Visit Us web pages to record your interest and give us your contact details so we can keep you informed of the latest position.

Whatever happens over the next few months, we will do our very best to make sure you have the information you need and to answer your questions about studying with us.

The University of Exeter is continuing to review the situation around covid-19, and will provide further information about September Open Days nearer the time. Any decision will follow advice from the government and/or Public Health England. Safeguarding the health and welfare of all visitors, students, and staff is our top priority, and will inform any decisions we make. If you have booked a place at any of our Open Days, you will be on the list of students to contact about these alternative and / or virtual opportunities.

The University of Exeter has a dedicated page for covid-19 information, and an FAQ section for prospective students.

We know that many of you will have been planning on attending Open Days at other universities across the country, and that these plans have been put on hold. While we can’t advise on what other universities are doing, we recommend that you look at their websites and, if relevant, contact them directly with any questions that you may have.

It’s safe to say that every university is currently working on their Open Day policies for students currently in year 12 and thinking about how to get you – prospective students – the information about their university and their courses to help with your decision-making. Please check with those universities individually to keep up-to-date with their plans and procedures at this time.

You can find more information here, although please note that this is targeted more towards students in year 13 who are currently holding university offers and have final exams coming up.

We know that this might be a difficult and stressful time for you, for a huge number of reasons. With the Exeter Scholars focus on wellbeing, we’ve pulled together some resources that you may find useful during this time:

www.studentminds.org.uk/coronavirus.html

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Please remember that the University of Exeter is not closed – everything has moved online and most staff are still hard at work teaching, planning, and working from home. The Exeter Scholars team are also all still working – just from home! We are still answering emails and we’re happy to answer any questions that you may have about anything, so please do contact us if you have any questions at all.

Year 13

In terms of exam delays or cancellations, the official advice from the University of Exeter is as follows:

We are waiting for more information about how these qualifications will be awarded in a "different process and a different system" in August. We anticipate that we will be able to work with any new awards arrangements that the government announces and are committed to supporting you through your journey to starting at university. We will contact all those affected with further details as they emerge via email and will keep our webpages up to date with the latest information. 

We know that some international qualifications such as HKDSE and Indian Standard XIIs may issue results with a small delay or be postponed. Some universities are also going to award degrees later than originally planned. We will be able to accommodate delays affecting undergraduate admission provided results are made available before the current 30 August UCAS deadline.

This information – and more – can be found on the University of Exeter’s dedicated page for covid-19 information, in the FAQ section for prospective students.

The University are working on this question now, as it is a pressing concern, so I hope that there will be more answers and clarity on the situation soon; as an offer-holder, you would be contacted about this.

We know that many of you will be holding offers at other universities across the country. While we can’t advise on what other universities are doing, we recommend that you look at their websites and, if relevant, contact them directly with any questions that you may have.

It’s safe to say that every university is currently working on their policies for offer-holders. Please check with those universities individually to keep up-to-date with their plans and procedures at this time.

You can find more information about the government’s policies for students in your position here.

The advice from the Admissions team at the University of Exeter is as follows:

We understand that you may be feeling nervous about accepting an offer where the grades required in your conditional offer are higher than your predictions. We understand that this is an important decision, and so you should think about which University would be your first choice. Choosing the right place to spend the next three, four, or even more years of your life is about the overall best fit for you. Choose somewhere where you will be happy and comfortable so that you can achieve your best.

It is also important to remember that during the confirmation period we will review all applications for those applicants who have not achieved the exact grades required; while we can make no guarantees, it is often the case that there will be some flexibility in terms of the grades we accept.

We encourage you to use any Offer-Holder Visit Days for the University of Exeter and whichever other universities you are considering to help you to make your decisions. Every university knows that this decision has potentially been made more difficult due to the ongoing covid-19 situation, and are all consequently keen to help you make the best decision for you. 

In terms of our Offer-Holder Visit Days (OHVDs), the official advice from the University of Exeter is as follows:

We are sorry to let you know that we have had to cancel our face-to-face Offer-Holder Visit Days due to the ongoing covid-19 situation. We have taken this decision to safeguard the health and welfare of our visitors, students, and staff. Your safety is our top priority, but we are also very sorry to have cancelled as we know how important and valued these events are to our offer holders.

We have now invited all offer holders to our online Offer-Holder Visit Days which are taking place after Easter. These will provide you with the guidance and information you need to make informed decisions about studying with the University of Exeter, across all its campuses. We have emailed all offer-holders with registration details for these online events. If you haven’t received an invitation, please check your spam/junk folders in case our email has been misdirected. If you are an offer holder and haven't been asked to register, please contact us at visitus@exeter.ac.uk (for Streatham or St Luke’s campus offers) and cornwall@exeter.ac.uk (for Penryn campus offers).

This information – and more – can be found on the University of Exeter’s dedicated page for covid-19 information, in the FAQ section for prospective students

Ordinarily, the Exeter Scholar and Senior Scholar benefits packages are available to participants for one year beyond completion of their post-16 studies, in order to allow for any extended periods of study, a gap year, and / or deferred entry. 

We can assure you that if anything should happen that would mean you would join the University of Exeter in September 2021 instead of September 2020 – i.e. an additional year on top of the ‘one year beyond completion of your post-16 studies’ – then your Exeter Scholar or Senior Scholar status and your receipt of the benefits (including the grade reduction) would not be affected. Any such delay would not be your fault, and we would not remove these benefits from any participant in that situation.

We know that this might be a difficult and stressful time for you, for a huge number of reasons. With the Exeter Scholars focus on wellbeing, we’ve pulled together some resources that you may find useful during this time:

www.studentminds.org.uk/coronavirus.html

www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Please remember that the University of Exeter is not closed – everything has moved online and most staff are still hard at work teaching, planning, and working from home. The Exeter Scholars team are also all still working – just from home! We are still answering emails and we’re happy to answer any questions that you may have about anything, so please do contact us if you have any questions at all.