Transition support and Enhanced Induction Programme
For certain groups of students, we offer an Enhanced Induction Programme. This will run from March through to September with a combination of online and face to face events. Offer Holders will receive regular updates from us at key times in the lead up to transition, which provide signposting to useful contacts and resources to help make the process run as smoothly as possible.
More information can be found below, along with the eligibility criteria for this programme.
On line Sessions
During the spring and summer term, we are planning on running several online sessions on various topics relating to your student experience such as:
Caring and commuting while at university
Being a Black student at the University of Exeter
Studying with a Disability or Mental Health condition
Practising your Faith and Religion on Campus
Being part of the LGBTQ+ community at the University of Exeter
In March, we are also running two online sessions specifically for mature students. These sessions are informal and led by current students and staff, with guidance around student funding specifically for mature students, things to think about over the next few months and in the lead up to beginning with us in September 2022. Click here to book a place
Further sessions will be scheduled nearer the time and will be promoted on this site.
We intend to run an on-campus event in the run up to you starting your studies. Where you will have the opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of student life. By attending you can avoid some of the first day nerves by making connections with a smaller group of new students from across the country going through the same process as you.
Uniquely, this event brings together academic skills training, wellbeing support, meeting new people, a campus induction, an introduction to Fresher’s week, more about your course and a comprehensive guide to all the support services on offer to you at the University all in one place and tailored to your needs. Further information regarding the programme will be confirmed soon.
You are eligible for this programme if:
You are a Home UG student
PLUS at least one of the following:
- You are an Exeter Senior Scholar (through successful completion of the Exeter Scholars, Realising Opportunities or Pathways to Law programmes)
- You are a mature student (over 21 when you start your studies)
- You are or have been living in care
- You are estranged from your family
- You are a carer
- You are an Exeter Sanctuary Scholar
- You experience any of the following: diagnosed specific learning difficulty, autistic spectrum condition, sensory impairment, physical disability, a long term medical condition or mental health difficulty that has lasted for at least a year (or is likely to)
- You will be joining the University of Exeter having studied a BTEC qualification only (not combined with A levels)
- You are progressing to Exeter via the Business & Business Management Course run in partnership with Exeter College
To express an interest in taking part in this programme of activities, please complete our online form and we will be in touch once booking is open.
Transition days will provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with the University during a quieter period and prepares you to successfully manage your transition to university.
ASC Transition Day 2022
The University of Exeter AccessAbility team is offering both a virtual and an on-campus transition day for students with an autistic spectrum condition (ASC). We are contacting you about this because you have declared that you have a social communication difficulty or autistic spectrum condition via UCAS.
These events will give you an opportunity to:
- Find out what to expect when you arrive at the beginning of term
- Meet current students and find out about their experiences
- Discover more about the support that will be available to you at Exeter
- Meet those who will be involved in supporting you e.g. specialist mentors and advisors
On-campus transition event – Monday 4th July 2022
The on-campus transition event will be held on Monday 4th July at Streatham Campus. Please be aware that limited spaces are available. These will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and we will keep a reserve list if we reach capacity so that we can notify you if spaces become available. Numbers for our online event will not be capped.
Attendees will be invited to bring a maximum of one supporter with them if they wish to.
The agenda is as follows:
09:30 – 09:45: Registration and refreshments
09:45 – 10:30: Introduction to the AccessAbility team
10:30 – 12:00: Campus Tour
12:00 – 13:00: Personal Tutor question and answer session
13:00 – 14:00: Lunch
14:00 – 15:30: Current student question and answer session
15:30 – 15:45: Break and refreshments
15:45 – 16:45: ASC Social Group taster (optional)
Refreshments will be available throughout the day, and a free lunch will be provided. This will include a range of sandwiches and crisps. You are welcome to bring your own lunch if you would prefer.
Members of staff from the AccessAbility team will be present throughout the day, to assist and answer any queries from students.
Online transition event – Friday 9th September 2022
The online transition event will be held via Zoom, and we will send a meeting link out to attendees nearer the time. The agenda will be as follows:
10:00 - 10:50: AccessAbility Advisor and ASC Mentor Question and Answer Session
10:50 - 11:00: Break
11:00 - 12:00: Personal Tutor Question and Answer Session
12:00 – 13:00: Lunch break
13:00 - 14:30: Current Student Question and Answer Session
How to book your place
If you would like to attend either event, please complete the relevant booking form below. You are welcome to complete a booking form for both events. You can also add any questions that you might want us to answer on the day to the booking form.
If you are interested in attending the on-campus event, please ensure that you fill out the booking form by 12pm on Monday 27th June. We will email you within 5 working days of your form being submitted to confirm your place or let you know if you’ve been added to the reserve list. Numbers for the online event will not be capped.
In person event: Booking form – in-person transition event on Monday 4th July
Further details for each event will be emailed to attendees nearer the time.
Setting up your support prior to the start of your course
If you have not already done so, we strongly recommend that you fill out our Prospective Student Online Form as soon as possible to give us further information about the support adjustments you may require at Exeter. This can include accommodation needs and academic adjustments:
We also recommend you apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances as soon as you can, as this can give you access to support including assistive technology and software, and regular specialist mentoring sessions. DSA can take up to 14 weeks to be agreed, so it is best to start the application process as soon as possible:
If you have any questions, please get in touch with AccessAbility@exeter.ac.uk.
Continued support throughout your studies
Whilst our Enhanced Induction Programme has been developed to include both face to face and online activities before you arrive. We want to make sure that transition support does not only consist of set events but that it is there for you whenever you need it.
Use the links below to identify the support services and activities most useful for you and to find out how you can engage with them. If there is anything that you can’t find on these pages, then we recommend that you
There is a range of support for Widening Participation students including financial, academic, wellbeing and peer support.
You may also be interested in our ‘Adjusting to University Life’ booklet.
Offers 1:1 and group appointments, and workshops covering a range of study skills including academic writing, reading and note making skills, referencing, proofreading, revision and exam strategies, and presentations. If you prefer not to make a booking, you can drop in to a Writing Café where an Academic Skills Adviser can offer advice and support while you work. Study Zone also provides a suite of online study resources.
Study Zone workshops are available to all taught students throughout the year covering a range of study skills, including:
- reading strategies
- academic writing
- revision and exam strategies
- integrating literature into your writing
- time management
The Library is here to support your studies and research. Contact them anytime if you need guidance. We have Libraries on the Streatham, St.Luke's and Penryn campuses.
Wellbeing Services is our umbrella term for the multiple wellbeing teams we have here at the University. We are made up of three main pathways including:
Psychological Therapies Pathway
Mental Health Pathway
Wellbeing Services also includes the Exeter Access Centre.
Our Psychological Therapies Pathway offers confidential support for students experiencing difficulties with their mental health/wellbeing. Psychological therapies are provided by qualified practitioners who aim to help you cope more effectively with any personal and/or emotional difficulties that may arise during your time at University.
Mental Health Support
The Mental Health Pathway team provide advice and support to students with a range of mental health difficulties. All of the team are registered mental health professionals. The role of the Mental Health Pathway is to consider support options and reasonable adjustments for students in relation to how their mental health impacts on their ability to study and manage at University. We also provide comprehensive, ongoing advice and guidance to students with mental health difficulties.
Our AccessAbility pathway is made up of a team of disability specialists dedicated to supporting students with a disability or long-term health condition, including Specific Learning Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Conditions.
Wellbeing Workshops, Groups and Courses
Wellbeing Services offer a broad range of workshops to help support students in their time at Exeter. These are facilitated by the Psychological Therapies Pathway, who focus on issues surrounding students' wellbeing, and the AccessAbility Pathway, who focus on issues surrounding study skills and the effects of disability and long-term health conditions on study.
Our workshops have been tailored to focus on concerns that are frequently raised by students during their time at University. In this supportive space, you are offered practical tips and techniques to help you work through any problems you may be experiencing. Students often value the shared experience of a group and tell us that it helps to feel that they are not the only one struggling with something. While there is opportunity for discussion, there is no expectation for you to take part.
My Wellbeing Toolkit
Looking after your emotional health and wellbeing is an important skill both at university and in your everyday life. Building skills which enable you to be more resilient in the face of challenges is an effective way of supporting your wellbeing. We cannot avoid challenges or difficult experiences but we can learn to respond differently to these events.
Most students will experience some uncomfortable feelings whilst they are studying. This is a normal part of adapting to university life. However, developing skills which support you to better respond to challenging situations can help to minimise their impact on your wellbeing.
The My Wellbeing Toolkit provides information and techniques for students to help them think about skills which could support them to stay healthy and resilient at university. The topics covered are:
- Identifying Your Values
- Identifying Your Strength
- Looking After Your Wellbeing
- Creating Action Plans
- Developing Connections
- Developing Self-Compassion
- Problem Solving Techniques
- Changing Thought Patterns
How do I get in touch with Wellbeing Services?
Please see our make an appointment webpage for details on booking an appointment, and to see our contact information.
The Exeter Award - is designed to enhance your employability by providing official recognition and evidence of extra-curricular activities and achievements. These include engagement in work experience and voluntary work and attendance at skills sessions and training courses. Further information on how to achieve the Exeter Award can be found at www.exeter.ac.uk/exeteraward
The Exeter Leaders Award - The Leaders Award recognises leadership and provides a framework to help you develop as a leader. Further information can be found at www.exeter.ac.uk/exeterleadersaward
Career Mentor Scheme - The Career Mentor Scheme is a unique opportunity for students to be matched with an experienced professional to gain one-to-one careers advice, support and guidance into their profession and sector for 6-months. The scheme is open to students of all years, UG and PG.
Access to Internships (A2I) - Access to Internships (A2I) is a scheme to help Exeter students secure a paid internship. We help you identify and approach employers of your choice to create a paid internship. We also offer generous funding towards the cost of your paid internship.
My Career Zone – This is your portal to everything to do with your employability, from booking an appointment for career advice to searching for vacancies. Log in using your Exeter details and ask questions, view FAQs, read info sheets and find relevant websites you may be interested in. Book events and view The Exeter Award +system. You can also view all vacancies and opportunities including graduate jobs, internships, casual, part time jobs, volunteering and so on.
My Career Zone Digital – Is a new addition to My Career Zone, hosting a number of online support materials and interactive activities, including e-learning courses, industry intelligence, video interviewing software, business skills, podcasts and much more.