1-1 Academic Skills Advice

1-1 Academic Skills appointments are available for eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students on Streatham and St Luke's campuses. Check below to see if you are eligible.   

This support is part of the Hidden Talent in Devon project (OC16S16P0345) and is funded by the EU. It is designed to provide upskilling support to the people of Devon.

A package of up to 3 appointments is available. Appointments can take place either face to face or via Skype/phone. Each meeting is tailored to you and your academic skills.

Advice from an Academic Skills Adviser can cover:

  • Academic Writing (Dissertations or Assignments)
  • Referencing
  • Exam Prep & Revision
  • Presentation Skills
  • Time Management
  • Tips for Proof Reading
  • Research Skills
  • Accessing Online Resources

To find out more, check out this blog post.

The University of Exeter believes in the principle that everyone with the potential to benefit from higher education should have equal opportunity to do so. We are committed to widen participation in higher education; raise pupil attainment; and put students on a level playing field to ensure they enjoy the best possible outcomes at University and as graduates.

Hidden Talent in Devon (HTiD) uses the following criteria:

You Must:

1. Be a current undergraduate student who pays Home/EU fees.


2. AND, be one of the following:

• A British/EU National

• Not a British National but have lived in the UK for 3 years or more before coming to University

• Hold a Refugee/Asylum seeker Status


3. AND, at least one of the following must apply to you:

• You receive an Access to Exeter bursary from the University of Exeter (or received a bursary last year but currently on a year abroad or year in industry)

• You are a mature student (over 21 when you started University)

• You have a Disability (no medical evidence required)

• You have a specific learning difficulty or mental health condition

• You are a Care Leaver

• You are a Carer

• You are the first generation in your family to attend Higher Education (University level)

• You are a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic student

• You are estranged from your family

• You are a child from a military family

• You are a Lone Parent

• You are from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community

• You participated in any of the following fair access programmes: STAR, Realising Opportunities, Pathways to Law, Exeter Progression

• You attended a state school or college in a ‘Low Participation Neighbourhood’. (You can check this by visiting the A2I website and entering your school or college postcode in the WP Criteria box).

• You lived in a 'Low Participation Neighbourhood', defined by your home postcode. Postcode checker available here.


We will be confirming your eligibility using the University’s Student Record System. If you are unsure if you are eligible for the HTiD project, please contact Claire Davey-Potts (C.Davey-Potts@exeter.ac.uk) so they can verify for you.

“This is an amazing service and I cannot say enough good things about it!”

 “The level of the detail given in the feedback was invaluable. It allowed me to get advice on a range of my work, providing me with confidence to submit my essays.”

 "It changed my way of thinking and looking at questions in a critical way."

 “The support I received explained how to critically analyse my points, use the correct academic language and assisted in finding the best journal articles for my arguments.”

Contact Claire Davey Potts (C.Davey-Potts@exeter.ac.uk) to arrange a session.


In order to access this support, you will need to meet the above eligibility criteria and provide one of the following identity documents: Passport (EU) UK, National Insurance Card, HMRC Letter, Birth/Adoption Certificate, Immigration Letter, Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificate, Residency Permit.

If you have received this support, please click here to give some quick feedback.

If you have reason to complain about the service you have received or member of staff, you should follow the procedure in the University student complaints procedure. This procedure is available here.