Some highlights of the fantastic sport on offer at the University of Exeter, the Times and Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2015-2016.
Don’t get too excited at the Freshers Fair - I find it best to really think about what you’re interested in and work from there.
Sport and Societies
For many students, sport is a defining factor in their overall university experience, whether this is just for fun, something a bit more competitive, or even just watching and supporting our teams. Whatever your level of sporting ability you’ll have every chance to take part in sport at Exeter using our facilities which are amongst the best in the UK.
Success in sport at the University of Exeter continues each year, both in competition, where we finished 5th in the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) rankings 2015/16, and in recreational sport with increasing numbers of individuals and teams enjoying the facilities across our campuses.
Facilities - a £12 million investment
In addition to our brand new fitness centre on the Streatham Campus, which boasts a 200- station gym, our excellent facilities at our Exeter campuses include:
- indoor and outdoor pitches;
- squash courts;
- gym with the latest fitness equipment and free-weight areas;
- exercise studios;
- cricket centre;
- sports halls;
- swimming pools – indoor sat St Luke's Campus and outdoor at the Streatham Campus;
- a fleet of boats at the Roadford RYA Sailing Centre;
- a new, well-equipped boathouse on the Exeter canal.
Fitness classes and personal training
Classes include pump and tone, Nike Training Club, spinning and circuits as well as yoga, zumba, pilates and pole fitness. Personal training and fitness testing are available from highly trained staff.
High Performance Programme
The programme offers assistance to top level student athletes in a wide range of sports. We also manage 10 focus sports which receive the very best coaching, sports science services, physiotherapy, athlete lifestyle support and strength and conditioning training.
Find out more
Further information on facilities, programmes and scholarships can be found on our Sport website.
We offer a wide range of student-run sports clubs, ranging from the competitive to recreational and social. Many clubs play in local leagues as well as University-related competitions. FXU, our Students’ Union, is registered with British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS).
Water sports feature strongly in Cornwall; it’s one of the best places in the country for surfing and sailing and the campus has great links with local water sports providers and clubs, including traditional Cornish gig-rowing clubs. The Cornwall-based surf team has recently enjoyed consistent success in the BUCS surf competitions.
The spacious and modern campus Fitness Centre offers the latest fitness equipment, a free-weights area and a fitness studio. Regular classes include spinning, yoga, pilates, kettle bells, boxercise and zumba. You can join as a member or just pay-as-you-go.
Away from the gym, the campus has new one- and two-mile running routes and an orienteering route. These have been set up with the help of the FLEXSI project, which is funded by Sport England, part of a national Active University plan to encourage students to participate in sports and physical activity. We also have a multi-use games area, which offers an all-weather, floodlit facility for 5-a-side football, hockey skills and tennis, for use by students.
All the FXU supported clubs are set up and run each year by students, and change each year to reflect current interests.
Taking part in societies can be one of the most rewarding aspects of your time at university. Not only are societies a great way to meet like-minded people, but getting involved with the running of them can do wonders for your CV. The societies are overseen by the student unions - The Students' Guild at Exeter and FXU in Cornwall.
The Students' Guild oversee 180 different societies, so whatever your niche you should be able to find a society to accommodate it. You can get involved with the running of any of these and if there’s a society you want that we don’t have, we’ll help you set it up. The full list is available on the Guild website.
Our award-winning student media network is one of the most vibrant in the country. Based on the Streatham Campus, X-Media is made up of three student run media outlets Xpression FM, Exeposé and XTV, providing Exeter with high quality radio, news and TV shows, respectively. Involvement in the Guild’s media outlets has provided the springboard for the careers of several famous Exeter graduates, including Thom Yorke of Radiohead, who was a DJ, and Emma B, who was a Guild Sabbatical Officer. Several of the station managers who have been in control at XTV are now working in the television industry for companies such as the BBC, Carlton and FoxTel in Sydney. Previous members have also used XTV to build portfolios for film school applications and to get into television work. To find out more, please visit the Student Media website.
RAG (Raising and Giving) is Exeter’s own student fundraising group. Each year it raises tens of thousands of pounds through the hard work of over a thousand students, who volunteer valuable amounts of time to help raise money for local, national and international charities. In 2011/12 they raised over £145,000. We also have one of the most active Community Action (CA) groups in the country with over 1,000 student volunteers carrying out over 72,000 hours of volunteering in 2011/12 – an all time high. CA has been operating for over 40 years and is continuing to grow with ever increasing opportunities in the Exeter area. CA runs a number of weekly projects and one-off events. You could get involved with anything from running a Kids’ Camp, enjoying tea and cake with the elderly, redecorating a homeless shelter or cleaning up the beach, all of which can significantly contribute to your employability skills and CV.
The FXU oversees a number of standard and varied clubs and societies based in Penryn. There’s an ever-growing list of student clubs, so if we don’t currently have the one you want, FXU will help you set your own up once you’re here! The full list is available on the FXU website.
In Cornwall, students run a newspaper called Flex and a radio station called Radiowave. Flex has an amazing 130 contributors from across all the programmes at the Penryn Campus who regularly submit work. It offers the opportunity for ambitious students to showcase their talent while gaining valuable work experience.
FXU Community Action provides plenty of opportunities to volunteer locally and fundraise for national and international charities through Raising and Donating (RAD) activities. The FXU takes pride in its close links with the community. Regular partners include The National Trust, Surfers Against Sewage and the Monkey Sanctuary, and last year students undertook in excess of 266 volunteer days. But the opportunities vary so widely mainly because it's the students who decide who they volunteer with and fundraise for. Recently this has included Rally 4 Shelterbox and RNLI, as well as an appearance on the BBC’s Children in Need. Each year sees increasing numbers of students volunteer; being part of the RAD team gives you the opportunity to make a difference, gain experience, make new friends and boost your CV. For more information please visit the FXU website.