Virtual Residential 2020

In addition to the Exeter Scholars Post-16 South West pathway, available to students studying within the South West of England, we are also pleased to be able to provide the opportunity for participants from outside of this region to become University of Exeter Scholars. 

This year, due to the ongoing covid-19 situation, the Exeter Scholars summer residential is now a virtual residential. The virtual residential is taking place from Monday 27th – Friday 31st July 2020. 

Welcome Session 20th July 2020

            

In today’s environment of rapid global, technological, and cultural transformations, and current social and moral debate, Business and Social Sciences are some of the most relevant and exciting programmes of study. During this week, you will work with academic staff and researchers from a whole range of disciplines that we teach at the University of Exeter. 

Business permeates all aspects of life – it’s not just about making money. Studying Business allows you to explore: how people make decisions; the control of monopoly power; how supply and demand interact; different types of business models and leadership techniques; business law and financial statements; and much more. This discussion and understanding of the contemporary world, human behaviour, and the forces shaping society is also a fundamental aspect in the Social Sciences.  

In sessions delivered by our Sociology and Criminology team, you will discover how people behave and interact, and how they have adapted over time, shaping societies across the globe. You will tackle fundamental questions about society and culture in the present and past, and examine the rich diversity of human life. In Politics you will also discuss challenging issues from national and international perspectives, while Philosophy and Law will inspire you to explore critical ideas, ask thought-provoking questions, and consider all of the possible answers, teaching you to think rigorously, debate, and defend your views. 

Throughout the week, you will also be working in groups on an Artificial Intelligence project. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is currently changing modern society at a rapid rate, from the way that we live our lives, to the way that we move and the way that we work. As well as working with each other on this, you will also work with Student Ambassadors and academic staff to create your project!


Comprising the following subjects, indicating the University of Exeter campus on which they are taught:

  • Accounting, Finance, Management, and Economics (Streatham campus)
  • Law (Streatham campus)
  • Criminology and Sociology (Streatham campus)
  • Politics and Philosophy (Streatham campus)
  • Politics (Penryn campus)

To find out more about whether these subjects are of interest to you, read more about them here.

Please note that participating in this subject stream does not automatically qualify you to study these subjects at degree level at the University of Exeter. You will still need to meet any subject-specific course requirements listed.

The History and Culture subject stream will give you an insight into cutting-edge research, from the ancient world to modernity, from academics, researchers, and students at the University of Exeter. This subject stream will encourage you to expand the boundaries of your experience, and will look at a variety of cultures and settings in order to explore current themes that matter across the world. In sessions led by specialists from Archaeology, Classics & Ancient History, Modern Languages & Culture, and Theology & Religion, we will introduce you to the theme of New Beginnings, to consider different ways of thinking of and through the past, in time and space. A handful of the topics you will look at include migration and race, public power, the coronavirus crisis, and different cultures from Germany, to Brazil and China.  

In the Classics & Ancient History and Archaeology sessions, you will study fascinating ancient civilisations with the intellectual challenges of studying language, literature, and history, attempting to uncover the experience of everyday life. With the History department, you will be introduced to different forms of historical testimony, while also discussing contemporary issues such as the Windrush Generation. In the Theology & Religion sessions, you will participate in discussions that will raise ethical and philosophical questions which are among the most fundamental we face as human beings, such as Living in the Anthropocene.  

Our Modern Languages department will complement this by introducing you to key phrases from a variety of languages, and by placing emphasis on the understanding of cultures from three different continents. 

We hope you enjoy this truly global subject stream, and that this sample of teaching from some of our Humanities subjects at the University of Exeter will excite and inspire you to study these subjects with us in the future! 


Comprising the following subjects, indicating the University of Exeter campus on which they are taught:

  • History (Streatham campus)
  • History and Politics (Penryn campus)
  • Theology and Religion (Streatham campus)
  • Modern Languages (Streatham campus)
  • Archaeology (Streatham campus)

To find out more about whether these subjects are of interest to you, read more about them here.

Please note that participating in this subject stream does not automatically qualify you to study these subjects at degree level at the University of Exeter. You will still need to meet any subject-specific course requirements listed.

We are complex beings who exist in a complex world. No one process can be understood – or improved – without the others. On the Life and Health Sciences subject stream, we will introduce you to some of the most integral processes and systems of the living world, and the lives within it.

Featuring contributions from the disciplines of Medicine, Geography, Sport and Health Sciences, Biosciences, and Nursing, this strand will include sessions based on cutting-edge research currently being undertaken at the University of Exeter, to understand and improve lives across the world. Find out about how research and practice across these varied disciplines contributes to our understanding of the human body, to our knowledge of the natural world, and the ways in which our lives impact the environment and the planet. 

Our multi-disciplinary team of specialists and experts will talk about their research, and invite you to ask questions, follow up on your own interests, and get involved with live group discussions. There will also be opportunities to try out tasks for yourselves at home. In addition, working with other students, we invite you to undertake your own exploration of Life and Health Sciences as part of your research project, based on your existing interests – and the new ones you may discover during the week.


Comprising the following subjects, indicating the University of Exeter campus on which they are taught:

  • Medicine (St Luke’s campus)
  • Nursing (St Luke’s campus)
  • Biosciences (Penryn campus)
  • Geography and Environmental Sciences (Penryn campus)
  • Sport and Health Sciences (St Luke's campus)

To find out more about whether these subjects are of interest to you, read more about them here.

Please note that participating in this subject stream does not automatically qualify you to study these subjects at degree level at the University of Exeter. You will still need to meet any subject-specific course requirements listed.

On the Physical Sciences and Engineering strand, you will get the opportunity to experience a wide range of STEM subjects that will help you understand real-world science and begin to think about the solutions to problems that may arise from these. 

In Renewable Energy and Engineering, you will discover how we can adapt our ways of living and building to create a more sustainable future. You will learn about the basics of Renewable Energy and Engineering, and take an in-depth look into solar power, finding out about the exciting new ways that technologies can be developed. 

Mining is vital to our daily lives and sustained growth throughout the world. In your Mining sessions, you will be taught by academics from the world-leading Camborne School of Mines about how engineers use technology to enact change in ‘Its 2020 – Why don’t we have Flying Cars?’, and begin to understand automation and its place within engineering.  

Engineering is all about taking a knowledge of science and mathematics and applying this to solve problems in the real world. In your Engineering sessions, you will look at how a knowledge of forces and energy can be used to design machines, and how the study of the movement of fluids (fluid dynamics) has a huge number of applications. 

Physics is the study of the physical world around us in order to better understand the universe. Throughout your Physics sessions this week, you will look at some of the ways we collect and analyse information from many light years away. Your sessions will also explore how Physics has real-world applications here on Earth.


Comprising the following subjects, indicating the University of Exeter campus on which they are taught:

  • Physics (Streatham campus)
  • Renewable Energy and Engineering (Penryn campus)
  • Mining Engineering (Penryn campus)
  • Engineering (Streatham campus)

To find out more about whether these subjects are of interest to you, read more about them here.

Please note that participating in this subject stream does not automatically qualify you to study these subjects at degree level at the University of Exeter. You will still need to meet any subject-specific course requirements listed.

The Visual Arts, Performance, and Literature subject stream an opportunity to explore critical approaches to English, Creative Writing, Drama, Film & TV, Art History & Visual Culture, and Liberal Arts, in relation to theory, history, and contemporary issues. You will take part in sessions led by specialists in their respective fields, including historians and theatre makers, artists and teachers, researchers, political thinkers, and community leaders. Each session will therefore be one of exploration and discovery. 

Visual Arts, Performance, and Literature will provide you with the fundamental skills to be able to think critically, conceptualise and communicate ideas effectively, and pursue your own creative analysis. We will also provide you with the space to engage imaginatively with the social and cultural contexts of these different art forms and mediums. Topics explored will include gothic fiction, the relationship between climate breakdown and literature, reimagining Shakespeare, and the avant garde work of Surrealism. You will also have the opportunity to undertake original research, and to develop your own projects and creative work over the course of the residential. 

Throughout this programme, we hope to dispel myths and misconceptions of what it is to study a creative arts and/or humanities degree at university, to and broaden your horizons by inciting your curiosity for other subjects you perhaps may not have previously considered studying. We hope you enjoy this truly eclectic programme, and that this sample of teaching from some of our humanities subjects at the University of Exeter excites and inspires you to study a Visual Arts, Performance or Literature degree with us in the future!


Comprising the following subjects, indicating the University of Exeter campus on which they are taught:

  • English (Streatham campus)
  • Film and TV (Streatham campus)
  • Drama (Streatham campus)
  • Liberal Arts (Streatham campus)
  • Creative Writing (Streatham campus)
  • Art History and Visual Culture (Streatham campus)

To find out more about whether these subjects are of interest to you, read more about them here.

Please note that participating in this subject stream does not automatically qualify you to study these subjects at degree level at the University of Exeter. You will still need to meet any subject-specific course requirements listed.

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