Conor is from Swindon in Wiltshire and in his 3rd year of studying History. He is the first in his family to go to university and comes from a low income background.
Exeter was a university that stood out. I first came here for an Exeter Scholars summer school in year 10 as my school qualified under widening participation. I was also fortunate enough to receive a contextual offer, coming from a low income single parent family and from an area of low participation in higher education.
Experiencing the campus on open days told me this was the university for me. I remember that the university took an active interest in me as a student, which put me at ease instantly. My advice to others is visit Exeter!
As leading academics in their field, the university’s lecturers have never failed to engage me. From looking at medieval manuscripts housed by the university library to travelling to historical archives in London, history at the University of Exeter has been a truly immersive experience.
Being a first-generation university student, I was worried about fitting in at university and making friends. However, the chance to be a student ambassador, a committee member for two societies and even play table tennis for the university, has helped me make some incredible friends and has made for an unforgettable experience more diverse than I could ever imagine.