Skip to main content

Virtual Residential 2021

In addition to the Exeter Scholars Year 12 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 national residential is now a virtual residential. 

The virtual residential will take place from Monday 19th – Friday 23rd July 2021.

You can find the eligibility criteria here. Applications are now closed.

IMPORTANT: The dates of this year's Exeter Scholars Year 12 Virtual Residential fall in term-time for many students. We expect all participants to complete 17.5 hours of academic content across the week (approx. 3.5 hours per day). We aim for the Exeter Scholars Year 12 Virtual Residential to be flexible and allow participants to engage with the majority of academic content at a time that suits them. The daily live project work sessions will be scheduled to take place after the school day, but some additional academic lectures and presentations may take place during school hours. This may mean that you need to miss some timetabled school activity during the virtual residential week. It is the participant’s responsibility to communicate with their school regarding this commitment and to get any absences authorised. 

Subject Streams

You can find information about the six subject streams on offer below.

As part of the application form, you will be asked to select a first and second choice of subject stream. We aim to place participants on their first choice of subject stream, but due to demand and availability we are not always able to do so. In this case, we will place participants on their second choice of subject stream. Please do try to choose a subject stream for your second choice that you would be just as happy to study as part of the Exeter Scholars programme. 

Exploring sciences with both applied and physical elements, how they work, and their impact in their fields

Contributing subjects: Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Medical Imaging, Physics, Renewable Energy Engineering, 

Throughout history, scientists and engineers have studied the world around them and used their findings to answer fundamental questions about the universe and tackle the problems of the day. Science has been crucial to the development of societies! This is no different today, as scientists work to address global issues, ranging from developing technology that will allow us to have sustainable electricity production in a world with ever-increasing demand, to diagnosing and investigating health problems using new and innovative methods, and exploring possibly the most fundamental question: are we alone in the universe? The Applied and Physical Sciences: Method, Means, and Impact subject stream will give you an insight into how scientists from a range of different subject areas are working to create solutions to the challenges we face, and the opportunity to participate in a group project.

Exploring economic, political, philosophical, and ethical issues from national and international perspectives

Contributing subjects: Business, Middle East Studies (TBC), Philosophy, Politics & International Relations

In today's environment of rapid global, technological, and cultural transformations, the fields of Business, Politics and International Relations, and Philosophy make up some of the most relevant and exciting programmes of study. In this subject stream, you will explore economic, political, philosophical, and ethical issues from both national and international perspectives. Challenge yourself by examining some of the major questions facing our society, our global economy, and our political landscape, and think about how we can make a difference. The Business and Social Sciences: Global Thought, Relations, and Enterprise subject stream will encourage you to think critically, reason effectively, and be reflective while analysing and discussing challenging topics from party politics, to entrepreneurship, to morality. You will develop transferable skills such as communication, problem-solving, critical analysis, empathy, interpersonal and collaborative skills, and creative thinking. Choose this subject stream to be part of the global conversation, to connect with national and international affairs, and to imagine possible futures in this ever-changing world.

Exploring the relationship between personal health and public health, and the key disciplines and fields that contribute to both

Contributing subjects: Biosciences (Biochemistry, Biological & Medicinal Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Human Biosciences), Medical Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, Sport & Health Sciences and Psychology

The pandemic has put both public and personal health in the spotlight, and studying its impact has been a focus for many different subjects and research fields. Through the Health Sciences: Personal and Public Health subject stream, you will explore the impact of and responses to the pandemic and other health issues, looking at public and personal health from a range of different perspectives and learning from academics in the fields of Medicine, Medical Sciences, Biosciences, Sports and Health Sciences, Nutrition, Nursing, and Psychology. You will also participate in a group project to think of ways to tackle a health crisis, or improve public health in new and innovative ways!

Examining how the humanities and arts can reflect, analyse, and impact aspects of culture and society

Contributing subjects: Art History & Visual Culture, Drama, English, Film & Television Studies, History

In the Humanities: Arts, Culture, and Society subject stream offers, you will explore critical approaches to theory, history, and contemporary issues, and gain an insight into a variety of arts and humanities subject areas. You will develop the fundamental skills of being able to think critically, conceptualising, and communicating ideas effectively, and developing your own creative analysis. 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 – and will be encouraged to expand the boundaries of your experience and look at a variety of cultures and settings to explore current themes that matter across the world.

Examining how scientific research can change the world, with a focus on creating impact related to climate change, sustainability, and sustainable practice

Contributing subjects: Biosciences (Centre for Ecology and Conservation), Geography, Geography & Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Sciences, Medical Sciences

Ensuring a sustainable future is everybody’s responsibility, and we can learn about climate change through many different subjects. In the Life and Environmental Sciences: Climate Change and Sustainability subject stream, you will dive deeper into how the world works and find out how humans affect it. You will learn from experts in the fields of Biosciences, Geography, Geology, and Medical Sciences, and participate in a group project to find solutions to one of the largest problems the world is currently facing: climate change.

Exploring legal, social, cultural, and ethical issues, and tackling fundamental questions about society, communities, and justice

Contributing subjects: Anthropology (TBC), Criminology, Law, Middle East Studies (TBC), Sociology

Are you interested in discovering how and why people behave, interact, and have adapted over time, shaping societies and communities across the globe? Do you have a strong sense of justice and want to learn about the power to make significant change in legal and social systems? If so, this is the subject stream for you! Law is the exploration of the legal system, Criminology is the study of criminal behaviour, and Sociology focuses on social issues and social relationships. Together they form a varied and relevant stream of study, in which you will have the opportunity to explore legal, social, cultural, and ethical issues and tackle fundamental questions about society, communities, and justice. Through the Social Sciences: Law, Crime, Society, and Community subject stream, you will develop transferable skills such as communication, problem-solving, critical analysis, empathy, interpersonal and collaborative skills, and creative thinking. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in discussions about social transformation and legislation, to develop an insight into the key challenges facing contemporary society and the law, and to join in the debate on achieving equality, fairness, and positive change for our global future.