Transition support and enhanced induction programme

For some groups of students we offer an enhanced induction programme which is split into three stages; support in the run up to starting university, activities during Freshers’ Week and skills development into term 1 of your studies. Whilst we encourage students to take part in all three stages what is important to note about our activities is that if you miss one you can still attend the others. More information can be found below along with the eligibility criteria for this programme.

Virtual pre-arrival event

In light of the current situation we are now planning on running a pre-arrival event virtually. This event will provide you with an early introduction on what to expect from Freshers’ Week, as well as an opportunity to speak to members of staff from key support services. The content of the event has been created in partnership with the student body and has been designed to ease any concerns about starting at university as well as helping to make friends before Welcome Weekend.

For students studying at Streatham and St Luke’s campuses the event will take place over two days, the mornings of Tuesday 8 September and Wednesday 9 September.

For students studying at the Penryn campus this will take place the morning of Tuesday 8 September.

To express an interest in taking part in these activities, please complete our online form.

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.

This year AccessAbility will be offering an additional programme of events specifically for students with ASC. They will include: 

  • An overview of the AccessAbility Team and a Q&A session with an AccessAbility Advisor and a Specialist Mentor for Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
  • A brief introduction to the Personal Tutor role and Q&A session with a Tutor.
  • A Q&A session with some current students with ASC – we will invite attendees to submit questions in advance, should they wish to, and this allows the opportunity to remain anonymous.  
  • An ASC Social Group session run by a Mentor.


AccessAbility will also be offering Q&A sessions: 

  • For students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)
  • On Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)

These sessions will take place on the afternoons of Tuesday 8 September and Wednesday 9 September. You can choose to attend both the morning and afternoon events. Further details will be available nearer the time. To express an interest in taking part in these activities, please complete our online form.

Whether you have been able to attend a pre arrival event or not there will be something for all enhanced induction programme students taking place in Freshers’ Week. Ranging from breakfast meet ups to skills support sessions, there will be opportunities to find a friendly face and meet people from a range of different backgrounds. Running during the week commencing 14 September we will publish a timetable of available activities in August for you to sign up to.

Once the rush of Freshers’ Week has passed and teaching has commenced programme participants are invited to attend a term 1 event in November to make sure everything is going well and provide academic skills development support in anticipation of first assessments commencing. Designed to complement skills support offered at course level this event is an opportunity to reconnect with staff and students that you met pre arrival and during Freshers’ Week or for those of you joining the programme at this point it will be a chance to make new contacts.

You may be eligible for this programme if:

  • You are a Home/EU UG student
  • You are an Exeter Senior Scholar
  • 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 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.

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Continued support throughout your studies

Ensuring that all students can access support and are equipped to get the most out of the University of Exeter student experience is a priority across all of our campuses. Whilst our enhanced induction programme has been developed the include face to face activities, 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 contact SID.

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.

Study Zone is a quiet study space in the Forum where you can get advice and support with a wide range of academic skills. Study Zone offers the following services:

1-1 appointments are available on request. Our Study Skills Advisers can offer advice on a number of study-related areas, and you can discuss your specific questions as well as looking over your work with a Study Skills Adviser.

Writing Cafés, running every Tuesday and Thursday 13:00-16:00 (term time only). Here you can work with an Academic Skills Adviser on hand to offer advice if needed. These are drop-in sessions, so no need to book!

Study Zone Workshops are a great opportunity to enhance your study skills in a range of study-related areas such as, referencing, proofreading, essay writing or exam strategies.

Study Zone Digital gives you access to a suit of online resources designed to help you develop the academic skills required for success at university.

Peer Support gives students the opportunity to gain support and guidance from other students in higher years who are trained as mentors to provide support to their mentees by drawing on their previous experience. To find out if there is a Peer Mentoring Programme running in your discipline visit Peer Support Programmes.

Students as Change Agents - The Change Agents scheme gives students the opportunity to lead on change, to the academic experience at Exeter. Any individual or groups of students can identify an idea for how to improve any part of the University experience, and then manage the development and delivery of that idea through a project. Students receive support and training, and develop real experiences in leadership, teamwork and project management.

Students as Partners - If you want to improve the academic experience at Exeter, Students as Partners allows you to work with a member of staff to develop ideas into a self-contained project. You will receive training and support to develop your skills and experience. More information is available on the Student Partners website, or you can speak to the team:

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

  • AccessAbility Pathway

Wellbeing Services also includes the Exeter Access Centre.

Psychological therapies

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. Our pathway is made up of two teams: our Counselling team and our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy team.

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.

AccessAbility Support

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

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

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 - 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.