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Comments from pupils

• "I was able to see what university was actually like."

• "The student I shadowed was very informative and answered any questions I had thoroughly."

• "Interesting and fun day, everyone was really friendly."

A Day in the life of a Business School student

A Day in the life of a Business School student

These one-day events provide pupils with the opportunity to spend a day at the University of Exeter paired up with a Business School student. We hope that this experience will help pupils to feel better informed about what to expect in Higher Education. The Shadowing opportunity is available for Year 12 students who currently reside in areas within the county who have low progression rates into higher education.

The aim of the Student Shadowing Scheme is to help raise aspirations of participating students through the experience of visiting a university campus, having direct contact with an undergraduate student and seeing first-hand what a university lecture is really like! It is an invaluable opportunity to find out more about support services and facilities available, to experience what it would really be like to study their chosen discipline through sitting in on university lectures, and above all, the opportunity to ask any questions they may have to current students in a relaxed and informal setting.

We offer shadowing on both the Penryn Campus in Cornwall and the Streatham Campus in Exeter between October and March. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

-          Q1 or Q2 postcode

-          Mature students

-          Estranged students

-          Students that are or have been living in care

-          Exeter Scholars participants

-          Students attending Exeter Links schools

The programme:

Pupils will experience undergraduate level lectures and/or seminars, and an informal campus tour of the University facilities such as the Library and Students’ Guild. 

Pupils will be allocated a Student Ambassador who they will shadow for the day. A typical student shadowing day runs between 10am-4pm, but timing can vary.

10.00am Meet in Building: One reception
10.00 - 10.30am Introduction to the day and the Business School
10.30 - 2.30pm Spend the day with your student host, attending lectures, seminars and tutorials
(please bring a packed lunch)
4.00pm Close and feedback

Feedback from previous Shadowing Days showed that students find this day both enjoyable and beneficial.

This is what one of our Business School students had to say about taking part in the scheme:

Taking part in the Shadowing Day was really enjoyable. It was interesting and fun to show a College pupil 'a day in the life' of a university student by taking them to lectures and tutorials, and I found sharing my advice and experiences rewarding. From the students' perspective, I think it is a great chance to really experience day-to-day university life, and gave them the opportunity to meet and chat to students on a one-to-one basis.

Abigail Latham, 2nd year BA Management with Marketing