Supporting your students’ UCAS research in a virtual world

Applying to University can feel daunting at the best of times particularly during this period when students may feel rushed starting the new term.  For your most proactive students then applications are now open for UCAS, from the 8th of September.

Two of the most important dates to note are:

15th October 2020 deadline for Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine.

15th January 2021 deadline for all UCAS undergraduate courses.

There are many different ways to support your students virtually and the benefits of online support are that it is free and accessible for all regardless of location.  Below are a few ways you can signpost your students further and an opportunity for you to attend a CPD conference with other Russell Group universities.

Online Quiz

If students are struggling to decide whether to travel home or away then this quiz from Advancing Access is a fantastic resource to help them decide their key priorities and options available.

If younger students are struggling to decide where to start with choosing a course then this quick 2 minute UCAS quiz can provide them with a little more insight into their personality type and strengths and weaknesses.

Prospects do a more in-depth quiz with links to job profiles and university websites for older students.


Students are forever using this platform so why not make that time productive! There are many short videos out there with an insight into a course or University.  Students can also watch numerous Youtubers share a “typical day at Exeter” style videos but just be aware these are personal reflections and may not share the University’s official views.

An example of our history course at Penryn, Cornwall.

Open days

Our online Open Days are designed to help students find out about studying at the University of Exeter and learn about the subjects we offer across our campuses in Devon and Cornwall. They can chat live to staff and students and explore a range of web and video resources.

The upcoming dates for students to sign up to are Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October.

Live chats with academic staff and current students

Especially if you are the first in your family to apply to University then it can be intimidating to know where to start. Researching through using online chat sites such as Unibuddy allows a safe and relaxed environment where students can ask any question about student life, finance, or how to choose a course.

Our online live chats are a chance to talk to an academic and a current student from the subject you are interested in studying. You can ask any questions about course content, teaching, assessment, applying and extra-curricular opportunities at Exeter.

These events are for anyone who has applied, or is considering applying, to one of our undergraduate degrees. The chats will take place via our online messaging and chat system, UniBuddy, so you don’t need a webcam.

Free online CPD conference for teachers/advisors

Take part in our free online CPD conference delivered collaboratively by several of our Russell Group university partners. This event is intended for teachers and careers advisers who are supporting students who have recently progressed into Year 13.

The next Advancing Access Virtual Conference is taking place on Tuesday 29th September between 3.15pm and 5.30pm.

Advancing Access is an initiative of the Russell Group of universities and this free online event is for teachers, careers advisers and careers leaders. Participants will learn how to best support their students to progress to competitive universities and the focus of this event will be on supporting students who have just begun Year 13 (or S6) and helping them to overcome the disruption they have faced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event will feature four webinars delivered by university staff and there will also be a Q&A discussion forum where you can get any question on any topic answered by our panel of experts.

Our webinars for this event will be:

> Covid-19 update – how are universities supporting current and prospective students?
Delivered by the University of Bristol and the University of Leeds

> The UCAS application – does anything need to be done differently this year?
Delivered by Durham University and the University of Manchester

> How to choose a university without attending an open day
Delivered by the University of Exeter and University College London

> How have interviews and admissions tests been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic?
Delivered by Newcastle University and the University of Oxford

Our Q&A discussion forum will be moderated by staff members from the University of Bristol, Durham University, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Exeter, the University of Leeds, University College London, the London School of Economics, Newcastle University, the University of Oxford, the University of Sheffield and the University of York.

For more details and to register your free place click here.


Discover University in Conversation

In the final episode of the current series, Karl and Katherine reflect on the recent application cycle, discuss any possible implications for future cycles and look ahead to how the new cohort of Year 13 students can prepare for the forthcoming year. Tune in for this final episode to find out more.

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