Events and activities

Discover days

Age group - Year 10

This day is designed to appeal to Year 10 students who would like to find out more about what it is like to study at university. Students will be able to take part in taster sessions for their two chosen subjects as well as a tour of the campus. This is also a good opportunity for students to meet current undergraduate students and ask any questions they may have about student life. Past taster sessions have included the following:

“Indiana Bones: Raiders of the Lost Arch(aeology)!”

“La BD du Petit Prince” (The Little Prince Comic Strips) (Modern Languages)

“What is performance?” (Drama)

Typical timetable

10.00-10.15 Arrival
Welcome & Introductions
10.15-11.00 Campus Tour
Streatham Campus
11.00-12.00 Session 1
Taster session in chosen subject(s)
12.00 – 12.40 Lunch
12.45 – 13.45 Session 2
Taster session in chosen subject(s)
13.45 – 14.00 Evaluation & Depart

Explore days

Age group - Year 12

While our Discover days introduce Year 10 students to the possibility of studying at university, our Explore Days give Year 12 students the chance to find out more about studying their chosen subject at university level and how university-style learning differs to their current studies. The programme will include a sample lecture and seminar in their chosen subject(s), a student life talk and a tour of the campus. Past sample lectures and seminars have included the following:

“Artistic Remembrance of the First World War” (History)

“Human Relations with Nature” (English)

“The role of the character in story telling” (Drama)

Typical timetable

10.00-10.15 Arrival
Welcome & Introductions
Student Life Talk delivered by current undergraduates
10.15-11.00 Campus Tour
Streatham Campus
11.00-12.00 Session 1
Sample lecture/seminar
12.00 – 12.40 Lunch
12.45 – 13.45 Session 2
Sample lecture/seminar
13.45 – 14.00 Evaluation and Depart

Shadow a student scheme

The University's Shadow a Student Scheme aims to give students the chance to experience life as an undergraduate student.

Students will spend the day (10:00–15:00) accompanied by current undergraduate students and will take part in a variety of activities based around their chosen subject:

  • Campus tour
  • Attend a lecture and seminar (subject to timetabling) in their chosen subject
  • Tour of both general and subject-specific facilities

This free scheme not only allows students to find out more about their chosen subject from current students who have been through the process themselves, but they are also able to experience university-style learning at first hand and gain a deeper understanding of what it is really like to be an undergraduate student at the University of Exeter.

The following subjects are currently offered through the scheme:

  • English
  • History
  • French

To express your interest in this scheme, please contact‌

National Trust workshops

We are very proud to work with the National Trust to deliver Creative Writing and History workshops for students in Years 9, 10 and 12. Lasting for half a day (10:00 – 14:00), students will not only be able to take part in sessions led by our PhD candidates, but they will also be able to use their surroundings to inspire the work they produce in the workshops. As the PhD students will also be accompanied by English or History undergraduates from the University, students will also have the chance to ask questions about what it is like to be a university student.

We currently work with the following National Trust properties:

Greenway – Creative Writing Workshops

Held in the inspirational setting of Greenway, the holiday home of Agatha Christie, our enthusiastic and experienced PhD students will be running Creative Writing Workshops for groups of 10-15 students. These interactive sessions enable students to explore a diverse range of themes such as sense of place, history, magic realism and the sublime, as well as giving them the chance to learn more about the structure of novels and to gain a taste of university-style learning.

Castle Drogo – Creative Writing or History Workshops

Castle Drogo, the last castle to be built in England, is the perfect setting for both Creative Writing and History sessions due to its own rich history and character. Students will be given a tour of the castle and grounds at the beginning of the day to give context to the work they produce in the sessions run by our PhD students. This experience will encourage them to consider other historical contexts and perspectives as well as to understand the differences between school and university-style learning.

Typical schedule:

10.00-10.45 Arrival
Tour of the property/grounds
10.45-12.00 Workshop 1
12.00 – 12.30 Lunch
12.30 – 13.45 Workshop 2
13.45 – 14.00 Final Q&A, Evaluation & Depart


Year 10 Residential (Exeter)

The College of Humanities supports this centrally organised short residential programme which gives Year 10 students from schools in the Exeter links Partnership the chance to get a taste of what it is like to be a university student.
Lasting for 2 days, including an overnight stay in university accommodation, students will be participating in a range of activities, from academic taster sessions in their chosen subject strand, to student life workshops led by current students.

For more information about the Year 10 Residential, please see our Year 10 residentials webpages.

Year 12 Summer Residentials (Exeter and Penryn) 

Every July we contribute Humanities subject strands on this Year 12 Summer Residential at both Exeter and Cornwall campuses, giving students from outside the region the opportunity to experience life as a University of Exeter student.

Lasting for 4 days and 3 nights, participants will be able to choose from a range of subject activity strands, as well as take part in extracurricular activities that complement the student experience. Find out more on our Year 12 residential webpages about this opportunity. 

For more general residential information please see the our residentials webpages.

Drama workshops - RAW Outreach project

2nd year Applied Drama students have been out working in secondary schools all across South Devon during January with Erin Walcon, delivering devised theatre workshops as part of January RAW Outreach programme, covering a total of 10 schools & 200 students. 

School students work with our Drama undergraduates to devise a piece of theatre over a period of three sessions in your school. The programme culminates in a showcase event at Exeter Northcott Theatre, which gives students an incredible opportunity to rehearse and perform on the stage of a working theatre. 

This Drama programme is due to run again in the early part of 2017. Contact us to find out more.