Induction Wellbeing Services

The PhD office is a pleasant environment to conduct research and I find my supervisors “open door” policy very helpful during times of crisis.

Matthew Tonkins- Camborne School of Mines

PGR Services

The University offers a range of support services to PGRs and ECRs. Below you can find information on the services and guides available to you. 

Our Academic Colleges  provide bespoke guidance and support for Postgraduate Researchers in their disciplines. All the contact details for the colleges can be found below. 

College Email Address
University of Exeter Business School

uebs-pgradmin@exeter.ac.uk 

University of Exeter Medical School uems-graduateresearch@exeter.ac.uk
College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences emps-pgr@exeter.ac.uk
College of Life and Environmental Sciences cles-pgr-support@exeter.ac.uk
College of Humanities humanities-graduateschool@exeter.ac.uk
College of Social Sciences and International Studies  
(St Luke's)
ssis-grs-stlukes@exeter.ac.uk  
College of Social Sciences and International Studies
(Streatham)
ssis-grs-streatham@exeter.ac.uk

The Doctoral College blog is home to posts reflecting the life, research, events and enterprise of the Doctoral College. We will be posting about workshops, seminars and events happening across our campuses and in the wider world, sharing the knowledge and expertise of our academics and the views of everyone at the University.

If you have any news or events you would like us to cover, or any comments, please get in touch with us at the Doctoral College.

The Doctoral College induction takes place for new postgraduate research students in September and January of each academic year to help make transitioning to the University of Exeter as easy as possible. You will be invited to an event for the whole Doctoral College, and to a separate induction by the College relevant to your chosen discipline.

Follow this link for further information about inductions taking place in September. 

International support 

In April 2015, we won a prestigious award for providing the best international student experience of any university in the UK. At present, we have over 5,000 students from over 130 countries that make up a thriving international community across both the Exeter and Cornwall campuses. 

Before you arrive

Our international students guide contains all the information you will need to prepare for your studies and is downloadable from international students pre-arrival pages. 

Organising your accommodation 

We guarantee to offer accommodation to all new unaccompanied postgraduates from outside the EU, and encourage you to apply for accommodation by 31 July in your year of entry. Postgraduate research students who fall outside the guarantee can make an application for accommodation, but we may be unable to offer you accommodation due to the pressure on bed spaces.

We also have a small number of flats available for students bringing partners and families. Full information on accommodation at our Exeter and Cornwall campuses can be found below. 

Visa and immigration information 

Please refer to our University web page for full information. 

Please find below an archive of the Doctoral College newsletters sent out to Postgraduate Researchers and Early Career Researchers. If you are a student or staff member at the University and would like to receive a copy of the newsletter, please get in touch with the Doctoral College.

Postgraduate Research (PGR)

 Early Career Researchers (ECRs)

The Postgraduate Society is here to ensure your postgraduate experience at the University of Exeter is fun and rewarding, and is dedicated to representing postgraduate students’ social and recreational needs. Run by a committee of students, it can help you make the most of your time at Exeter.

The Society organises socials, trips to other cities and places of interest, and provides everyone with opportunities to meet other postgraduates, celebrate successes and gives the chance to relax from studying. The Society will help you to make memories and friendships that last into your professional life and beyond.

Connect with the Postgraduate Society on Facebook.

Talk to the Postgraduate Society on Twitter.

Email at postgraduatesoc@groups.exeterguild.com  

There are a variety of study spaces available for postgraduate research students to suit the needs of all users. 

These include: 

  • Group spaces 
  • Silent study rooms 
  • Bookable spaces 
  • Individual study desks 
  • Flexible study space
  • Assistive technology rooms 

 Further information about study spaces available can be found on Penryn and Exeter campus pages. 

The Research Toolkit provides access to numerous online resources which may help you develop and mange projects, collaborate internally and externally, share your research findings, and more. 

Please note: To access the Research Toolkit you will need to be a current student or staff member.

The Students' Guild - Exeter Campuses

The Students' Guild is your students' union throughout your time at the University of Exeter. Every student studying at the Exeter campuses is automatically a member. It has over 220 societies, covering everything from bench ball to street magic, and also offering the postgraduate and mature students' societies. 

It offers a wealth of support to students through the Students' Guild Advice Unit for any problems you might expereience whilst studying, including money matters, housing, and overseeing the Student Parent Support group

Students' Union (FXU) - Cornwall Campus 

FXU aim to bring the Postgraduate student voice to the fore in all University decision making. Every Postgraduate student at the University of Exeter, Cornwall campuses, is automatically enrolled as a member of the FXU.

All of their services are open to Postgraudate students, but they offer a few things that may be of particular interest, including the Postgraduate Society, representation and advice, the Be stress free app (only available for Penryn students), and Mind your head (FXU mental health booklet). 

This years student rep for Postgraduate Research Students is: Sam Green- please contact him if you have any queries relating to FXU or Postgraduate Research study. 

For PGR students studying on the Penryn campus Student Services provides a range of support and information to support you throughout your studies. 

They are there for all students, whether it is help with finding your way around, advice about welfare, wellbeing and general student life, support as a disabled student, faith and spirituality, or just by offering a friendly ear. 

The first point of call for any questions or enquiries is the Student Services desk in the Compass on the Penryn Campus (open between 9am-5pm).  

Other ways to connect:

Truro Campus- Knowledge Spa (Mondays and Fridays)

Log an enquiry via Compass Online

Telephone: 01326 370460

Email: studentservices@fxplus.ac.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/compasscornwall

Twitter: @fxstudents

Web: www.fxplus.ac.uk/students

The University offers a range of services and support to students throughout their studies. These range from shopping and banking on campus, to help with finance, fees, and graduation. A full list of services available can be found on the University website

A list of all the wellbeing services available for Postgraduate Researchers can be found here