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What is outreach?

What is outreach

  • Inspire intellectual and personal curiosity by providing relevant activities that provide insight into discipline-specific programmes
  • To help prospective students make realistic and informed choices about their future
  • Raise aspirations and support progression to higher education among under-represented groups in local and regional schools and colleges.
  • Build long-term relationships with schools that will support students through all stages of their education.

We can deliver a wide range of activities both on-campus or in schools and colleges. These activities include discipline-specific or themed presentations and workshops, information and advice and residential opportunities, which can be offered to a range of year groups, but with specific focus on years 10 to 13.

Where appropriate, our activities are supported by trained, discipline-specific undergraduate Student Ambassadors who will provide assistance at events for schools and colleges. As well as helping to facilitate workshops or presentations, ambassadors can also provide course-specific information, advice and guidance.

If you would like to find out more about our undergraduate programmes please visit our pages on undergraduate Social Sciences and International Studies degree programmes.


  • Anthropology
  • Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Criminology
  • Law
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Sociology

Kate Blackmore, Pathways to Law & Outreach Officer

I enjoy working with students of all ages from primary school to sixth form, and hope to provide experiences at university or in school to inspire these students to come to university in the future. I have now been working at the university for nine years, and before that in Further Education in the north-west.

Tel: +44 (0)1392 725628

Melissa Barrett, Widening Participation Coordinator (Streatham)

I joined the University of Exeter in 2015, initially working in Stategic Marketing for 3 years and then moving into Widening Participation in Access, Participation and Outreach. I also studied here, completing an BA in English in 2012 and an MFA in Theatre Practice: Staging Shakespeare in 2014. In my role, I am driven to help increase opportunities for, inspire and raise aspirations for students, as well as ensure that they have the best experience that they possibly can.


Rachel Haddy, Widening Participation Coordinator (Penryn)

I completed a BA in English at the University of Exeter and thoroughly enjoyed supporting Widening Participation programmes as a Student Ambassador. Following my degree, I taught English in Switzerland and Spain, and was very happy to reconnect with the university when I returned to Cornwall. I joined the university as a Widening Participation Coordinator in 2021 and feel very privileged to work with so many fantastic young people and encourage them to realise their potential.

Academics & teaching staff

Dr Matthew Channon - WP Academic Lead in Law (Streatham)

Dr Caroline Keenan - WP Academic Lead in Law (Penryn)

Dr Abi Dymond - WP Academic Lead in Sociology and Criminology 

Dr Kawa Morad - WP Academic Lead in Anthropology

Dr Mustafa Baig - WP Academic Lead in Arab and Islamic Studies

Dr Sam Wilkinson - WP Academic Lead in Philosophy

Dr Elena Gadjanova - WP Academic Lead in Politics and International Relations (Streatham)

Dr Aneta Brockhill - WP Academic Lead in Politics and International Relations (Penryn)