Our commitment to your university experience
Choosing to study at university is a big decision
We understand that many of you may feel uncertain about what your experience will be like with the ongoing pandemic.
Whilst we can’t make any promises about what the future will bring, we do know that we are absolutely committed to your safety and wellbeing, your education and your future success, and ultimately giving you the best university experience we can.
Our students are at the heart of everything we do, and we value your opinions and concerns. That’s why we’ve listened to our current students and introduced the ‘No Detriment’ policy to provide assurance to students that their academic results will be protected from the impact of the pandemic.
During the first lockdown of 2020, we offered accommodation refund for students who had to leave University-owned accommodation and who were unable to return due to the unfolding pandemic. We’re also proud to be one of the first universities to confirm that our students wouldn't pay for accommodation during the January 2021 lockdown.
Your safety is our priority, and we have been praised by both the local authority and Public Health England on our approach to the pandemic and dedication to our students and the local community.
Moving forwards, we’re working as hard as possible to make your university experience safe, inspiring and fun. We can’t wait to welcome you to our friendly, inclusive and supportive community this autumn and into 2022.
We’ll keep updating this page, and our FAQs to make sure you have the most up to date information at all times.
At the University of Exeter, believe that all students should have equal and fair access to Higher Education and we pride ourselves on the diversity of our community.
We recognise that studying at university isn’t as straightforward for everyone. We are committed to supporting students from all backgrounds, and supporting our LGBTQ+ community to build an inclusive learning environment.
We welcome students from over 130 countries around the globe, from all walks of life, and celebrate all people and cultures.
We ensure our facilities support equality and diversity across all of our campuses and with multi-faith chaplaincies and quiet spaces on offer, you will have time to rest and reset.
Our beautiful campuses are full of art and history, from museums and sculpture trails on our Exeter campuses to the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts at Penryn.
From volunteering societies to our academic research, we are passionate about supporting our local community and the world around us.
We’ve been at the heart of the COVID-19 response through our research expertise, working closely with the NHS, police, councils and other regional bodies to tackle the virus and support economic recovery.
Our research into COVID-19 has covered everything from analysis of clinical data to aid treatments, to understanding the economic and social impacts of the pandemic around the world.
When you join our community, you’ll be joining one that is passionate about making positive change to the world around us.
As an international student I’ve found everyone at Exeter very welcoming. I think the people at Exeter are friendly and easy-going and keen to make friends.
On my course we also have so much group work and need to communicate with each other a lot, after finishing group projects and assignments you get to know each other and develop a friendship with your course mates. You also get to meet people from different countries all over the world.
Wicky, from China
Studying BSc Accounting and Finance,
The COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous change to all our lives.
Your health, safety and wellbeing is important and now more than ever you need to take care of yourself and look after your mental health.
We have a wide range of wellbeing services and resources which are available in a safe and accessible way, including mental health support.
We have dedicated welfare support which is available to all our students 24/7, which means you have support available around the clock, should you need it.
The University has also created the ‘Success for all’ fund, helping students who may be experiencing financial challenges which are affecting their ability to study.
Even through times when we have been apart, we will continue to work together as the University of Exeter community and continue to support one another with kindness and respect.
In terms of the pandemic, I think the university has done the best they possibly could have, everybody has been thrown into this unpredictable, sudden situation and the university has reacted quickly and done really well with communications.
They have really invested in digital learning. I know the lecturers and everybody behind the scenes has put a lot of effort in. They are continually trying to adapt to our feedback and make it work for us.
Katie a mature student,
Studying Marine Biology at the Penryn Campus
Your campus experience
We’re lucky to have three of the most beautiful, green campuses in the UK, providing plenty of room to socialise with friends and enjoy green landscapes and outside space.
Whether you choose to live and study in wonderful Devon or stunning Cornwall, our campuses have everything you need on your doorstep, from modern sports facilities and libraries, to bars, clubs and plenty of shops stocking all your essentials.
We have been committed to making our campuses some of the safest places in the UK, reacting quickly to changing government guidelines and alert levels.
We have worked incredibly hard together to control the transmission of COVID-19 within our University community, and have put in place a number of safety measures across our campuses and buildings.
We’ve introduced testing for students and staff returning to campus, added signage for social distancing and added enhanced cleaning in all our buildings and accommodation.
When you arrive at one of our campuses this autumn, we’ll make sure that whatever the situation, you are safe and looked after.
The University has definitely supported me during the pandemic. As a result of Covid-19 me and my family experienced financial difficulties but I received a Pandemic Hardship Fund from Exeter which really helped me and my family.
The application was quick and easy and put no stress on me. Even now I can still reapply if I find myself in that situation again; it’s nice to know I can get the support again if I need it.
Ernestina, from London
Studying LLB Law with Business at the Penryn Campus
We support all of our students, irrespective of background, in helping them succeed and realise extraordinary ambitions.
In challenging times, we’ve done everything possible to provide students with the best educational experience possible. Our inspiring academics have ensured that COVID-19 doesn’t get in the way of learning, and have continued to deliver the same excellent teaching and research throughout 2020 and beyond.
Our new approach to teaching during the pandemic incorporated different ways of learning, and allowed our students to switch easily between structured, on-campus and online learning as needed. This approach was well-received by our students, and allowed for a mix of safe in-person teaching as well as flexibility for those who were learning online.
Whatever this year brings, we’ll strive to deliver as much face to face teaching as possible, as long as it is safe to do so. You’ll get to grips with new technologies by using our enhanced digital learning resources, and our Digital Hub, to support your studies.
We’re committed to our teaching, and supporting you getting your world class degree.
Unfortunately both my second year and third year field trips were cancelled because of the pandemic. It wasn’t quite the Pyrenees, but we did do a virtual field course instead.
I have to give credit to the department because they put together a really good programme. I think the University has handled the pandemic in such a good way considering the circumstances. In terms of what the University has done with online learning, I actually find it more engaging. Also, sometimes a big busy lecture hall can be quite intimidating but I find online teaching much more approachable and engaging.
Zac from North London
Studying Zoology at the Penryn Campus
Your student experience
Whether you’re based at our Penryn, St Luke’s or Streatham campus, we’re committed to making your student experience the best it can be. With bars, pubs, clubs, theatres and music venues, our campuses offer plenty to keep you entertained. You’ll also find world class sports facilities for beginners and athletes alike.
Plus, with over 400 sports clubs and societies across our three beautiful campuses in Devon and Cornwall that you could be a part of, there really is something for everyone.
Choose to study in the buzzing city of Exeter, with its cultural sights, quirky quayside and great collection of high street and independent shops, bars and restaurants.
Or choose innovative Penryn, set in a beautiful location next to the quintessential English waterside town of Falmouth, with its International Sea Shanty festival and much more!
There are plenty of opportunities to make the most of your time here and we can’t wait to welcome you to our fun and active community.
Last year when the pandemic started the University put in place a no detriment policy to make sure no one’s grades were affected because of Covid-19 outbreak.
This was a student-led initiative but I think the University were brilliant at listening to the students and taking their comments on board. It was reassuring to have this in place at a time when the pandemic was so new and everything was unknown.
Jess, from Swindon
Studying BA Classical Studies and Philosophy at the Streatham Campus