A Day in the Life

The 'A Day In The Life' scheme is an exciting student shadowing programme which brings individuals or small school groups onto campus to gain an insight into life at the University of Exeter by shadowing an undergraduate student for the day. 

Accompanied by University of Exeter Student Ambassadors, students have the opportunity to attend undergraduate lectures, seminars and/or other academic sessions, take part in a full campus tour, and have the opportunity to speak to staff and current students about the course, student life, the university, the city, and the careers and opportunities available beyond graduation. Travel expenses for attendees will be reimbursed however they will need to bring their own lunch.

In order to be eligible for this activity, students must meet the following eligibility criteria -

  • Be studying at a State School in England (unless the student is applying as a mature student)
  • Be in Year 12* or be a mature student 

And also meet one of the following criteria:

  • You live in a neighbourhood where a low percentage of young people progress to higher education as defined by home postcode (will be checked on your behalf as a part of the application process)
  • You live in a low income neighbourhood (will be checked on your behalf as a part of the application process)
  • Are an estranged student
  • Having experience of Care
  • Are a mature student
  • Are a participant in the Exeter Scholars or Realising Opportunities programme

* If the student is interested in programmes in the College of Medicine and Health, they are eligible if they are in Year 10, Year 12 or are a mature student.

To apply, students would need to fill in this application form.

'A Day in the Life' is currently available across all three University of Exeter campuses and cover most subject areas. Please use the links below to make enquiries about bookings -

"The communication about the visits was clear and included all the information needed. The student ambassador I spent the day with thought about what would give me the best insight into university life and arranged for me to go with some of her peers to different lectures so I could get the most out of my visit. The campus is really modern and a good learning environment. I really enjoyed the content of the lectures especially as they touched on some of things I’ve previously shadowed at the RD&E (about the stages of labour etc.) and I felt I could follow the content and understand it. Talking to the student ambassador and her peers gave me a good idea about student life in Exeter. It has increased my motivation to work hard so I can go into medicine in the future, as I know from experiencing the lecture that I enjoyed learning about it and has left me wanting to know more." 

Year 12 student on a Day in the Life of a Medicine and Health student

"The ambassadors answered all my questions, visited everything necessary to my plan to do Economics and made me feel like a uni student. I would be the first in my family to go to uni - I have learnt a lot about life like accommodation and extra activities. I see the responsibility needed to maintain good grades and I am more motivated to secure these after being here and seeing what it's like."

Year 12 student on a Day in the Life of an Economics student