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20th May 2022 Ellie Lee, Access and Outreach Lead

Exeter to host residential for Year 12 state school pupils

Exeter's new Access and Outreach Lead, Ellie Lee, reports on upcoming Access and Outreach activities.

It has been an exciting time to step into my role as Exeter College’s Access and Outreach Lead. I was fortunate to start at a time when we were opening our doors to in-person school visits for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

During the lockdowns Exeter’s Access and Outreach programme continued online – running virtual sessions to ensure that we were still reaching schools and students – but now we are able to travel to schools in our linked regions (Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall) and invite students to Oxford. So far this year we have hosted a variety of school visits and subject days at Exeter College for students from our link regions and beyond. It is great to see the appetite and excitement from students and teachers alike to be able to see what Oxford is like for themselves.

In addition, we have been running a combination of virtual and in-person days for the outreach strand of our Exeter Plus programme. We have over 40 promising Year 12 students from non-selective state schools participating in a combination of virtual and in-person days that will build the confidence and skills that will help them to put forward their application for University.

Coming up in June, the College will host its annual residential for Year 12 pupils from state schools in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Attendees will get the opportunity to stay at Exeter College for up to three days, developing their knowledge about the application process and college life during their stay. This will be followed by the chance to attend the University-wide open days happening at the end of the month.

We look forward to updating you as we continue with our Access and Outreach programmes. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the work we are doing, please do get in touch.

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