Widening Participation

Making an application

The Exeter Law School is committed to widening participation in legal education and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background are encouraged to apply to study with us.

What does this mean?

Each case is considered on an individual basis and the information used is primarily drawn from your UCAS application form, with the information on participation in widening participation/outreach activities provided by the University’s Outreach team.

The following contextual information will be taken into consideration and a student will be flagged if:

  1. Your home postcode is in a Low Participation Neighbourhood - if you currently live in a postcode assigned to the lowest POLAR4 quintile according to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and identified by UCAS in the data it transmits to us. HEFCE provides more information about its classification of neighbourhoods including an easy-to-use interactive map and a postcode look-up tool
  2. You have attended a lower-performing school/college - if you attended a school/college whose performance places it into the lowest two quintiles for average QCA points per A level student (or equivalent) (in England, Wales or Northern Ireland) as identified by the Department for Education dataset and provided to the University via UCAS
  3. You have been in care or ‘looked after’ for 3 months or more
  4. You have Participated in a recognised outreach or widening participation programme, such as Pathways to Law 

As part of our commitment to widening participation in higher education in Cornwall we encourage students resident in Cornwall, who fall into one or more of these categories to apply.

For further information

Please contact Dr Caroline Keenan, Senior Lecturer in Law.

Follow our hashtag: #MyPathtoLaw

Outreach and Widening Participation Events

We have an ongoing programme of events and opportunities to learn more about studying law. These include:

"A day in the life of a Law student" for Year 12 students in the Autumn and Spring Terms - this is a day run by student ambassadors. Visiting Year 12 students are taken on a campus tour, and sit in on two lectures in law with the ambassadors.

Teaching Enrichment Days* for Year 11, Year 12 or Year 13 students in the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms - these scheduled sessions will be held on the Penryn Campus in 2018/19:

  • Thinking about legal problems (Early November) - discussion of a series of scenarios across different types of law. Looking at why and when we might turn to law
  • Criminal Law in Action – Prosecution and the Grenfell Tower (Early December) - How can we adapt law used to prosecute one person to big corporations?
  • Environmental Law in Action (Early February) - using law in real world environmental problems
  • Advocacy 1 (Early March) - interviewing, getting instruction, legal writing
  • Advocacy 2 (Mid July) - speaking for a client & a mock trial

*Teachers: please contact Hannah Goodfellow (details below) to discuss whether places on these classes are available to students attending your school or college.

Insight into Law and Business Day - for Year 10 students, April 2019

Explore Law & Business Day - for Year 12 students, July 2019

For further information:

Please contact Hannah Goodfellow, Widening Participation and Student Recruitment Assistant at h.goodfellow@exeter.ac.uk or Tel: 01326 371801

Hannah works with academic staff to organise exciting subject taster sessions with school pupils from the local area and beyond. She loves to see how these sessions inspire young people to raise their aspirations, and to strengthen the relationship between the University and the local community. 

Read more about Widening Participation student support.