Student life

Geography at the University of Exeter provides all our students an exciting and inspirational student experience, whether you are based at either our Penryn Campus in Cornwall or Streatham Campus in Exeter. We pride ourselves on offering a challenging and stimulating environment in which to learn, together with an enjoyable social experience where you can make lifelong friends and great memories of your time here. This is exemplified by our high levels of Overall Satisfaction in the annual National Student Survey.

Student societies

We have a lively community of Geography students on both campuses who run a wide and diverse range of student societies. These include the Geography societies (GeogSoc) which organise social events, guest lectures and outings. Social meetings and events are organised throughout the academic year and provide excellent opportunities for getting to know your fellow students outside of the classroom in a more relaxed, friendly environment.

Social facilities

All undergraduates have unlimited access to social and library areas as well as common rooms within each academic building. For example, our Geography undergraduate students have access to the Geography IT Suite in the Daphne du Maurier building in Cornwall, and dedicated facilities in the Amory Building on the Streatham Campus. There are also communal seating areas which are ideal for meeting and working with fellow students.

Read more in this section about what it is like living in Exeter or Cornwall, and read profiles from some of our students as they talk about their experiences.

Chris Rainford, BSc Geography, Streatham Campus

There are a whole range of activities and sports to get involved in. I am Social Secretary on this year's Geography Committee and I organise events throughout the year. I also work in the student bar on campus and volunteer with RAG (Raising and Giving). Exeter is everything I could have hoped for and more.

Chris Rainford, BSc Geography, Streatham Campus

Student-Staff Liaison Committees

Your voice as a student

Our academic team and students develop a strong working relationship over the course of a degree programme, which we believe is an important factor to your success, both today and in the future.

For example, the Student-Staff Liaison Committees (SSLC) provide the ideal environment in which your opinions, views and suggestions can be heard. It is presided over by Subject Chairs (a student elected by the Students’ Guild) and composed of elected student representatives from each year and programme and appropriate staff representatives. The Associate Dean (Education) and Assistant College Manager (Education) for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences meet with Subject Chairs on a regular basis, and Subject Chairs are represented on the College’s Education Strategy Group.

Module and course evaluation

Feedback from students is requested for every module. Module leaders receive this feedback and are required to respond to the scores and comments received via the Annual Module Review process. The responses are subsequently shared with students.

Living in Cornwall

There are fewer places more ideally located to study Geography than Cornwall. Our Penryn Campus offers intimacy and friendliness combined with world-class teaching and research. Our commitment to the environment and sustainability extends from our research and education into all that we do, including our, student societies, clubs and day to day student life.

Cornwall has a huge amount to offer students. We are set in the heart of some of the most beautiful landscapes the UK has to offer, while the vibrant, culture-rich and student-friendly nearby towns such as Falmouth, and city of Truro, provide a relaxing, sociable and friendly environment. Our vibrant student community also offers a fantastic student lifestyle in a safe, pleasant and energising atmosphere.

Cornwall has a rapidly growing economy fuelled by investment from business, the Government and acclaimed developments such as the Eden Project, and is leading the way in renewable energy technologies.

The local area complements fieldwork related to our degrees beautifully. A wide variety of outdoor pursuits are also open to you – from surfing (some of the best in the country) to walking, kite boarding to diving. Find out more about living in Cornwall – places to go and things to see and do in the local area.

Facilities and services

The University has all the services and facilities you'll need to make the most of life on campus. The Penryn Campus is modern with a friendly, vibrant atmosphere, enhanced by its shared location with Falmouth University.

Maps and directions

You can find a map and directions for the Penryn Campus on our Visiting us pages.

Student societies in Cornwall

There is a wealth of extra-curricular societies for our Geography students to get involved with on the Penryn Campus. These societies are the cornerstone of campus life and cover a diverse and fascinating range of activities. Whatever your particular interest, there is something to appeal to everyone and our societies provide you with a diverse and stimulating range of opportunities to meet like-minded people and develop your understanding of the subject.

Our societies are about more than just enhancing your social experience on campus. Increasingly employers are looking for evidence of the skills and abilities gained outside the boundaries of your degree when considering potential employees. The experiences, knowledge and confidence you will secure from these societies will enhance your future career opportunities from the moment you graduate.

There are a number of ways in which you can participate in these vibrant societies. The extent in which you get involved is entirely up to you – whether it is as an active member, taking part in its running and organisation, or developing it for the next generation of students to enjoy. Of course, you are not limited to those societies that are already established. If there is a club or society that we don’t have, but which you want, then we will try and help you set it up.

Below are just some examples of the societies already proving popular on our Penryn Campus:

Geography Society (GeogSoc)

GeogSoc is one of the most successful and active societies on campus, with members from all disciplines and degree programmes. The society organises a range of geography-themed social events within the local area, exciting adventure activities nationwide, and a variety of cultural, social and sports trips. GeogSoc is completely student-led and focused, and works closely with the Geography department to give you the best opportunities and experiences.

Geography Student and Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

The Geography SSLC is an academic group which acts as the student voice for all things degree related. The committee gives you the opportunity to discuss matters that are important with members of our academic team and other students through regular, termly meetings. The SSLC is run by Geography students in partnership with academic staff, and is designed to help improve the academic side of your student life and give you a chance to participate in shaping your own learning experience.

Geography Employability Committee

The employability committee is a student-led group that showcases relevant employment opportunities to Geography students, in order to raise your employability and career awareness. The committee regularly brings guest speakers to the Penryn Campus to share their experiences and discuss the challenges and benefits of employment in the relevant fields of geography. It is constantly evolving and developing new ideas, and is looking to develop extracurricular workshops with faculty members in subjects such as GIS.

Enactus

Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. The group sets up local and worldwide projects that transfer business and entrepreneurial skills to empower and improve the quality of life of those in need. It currently has more than 100 active members in Cornwall, and is currently led by two Geography students.

People and Planet

This is a national student-led movement which specialises in protecting the environment, defending human rights and putting an end to world poverty. People and Planet Tremough have established a series of campaigns and projects concerning both ethical and environmental issues. These have included promoting sustainable transport, raising awareness about unsustainable fishing methods, and a dedicated series of events during Sustainability Week.

Expedition Society

The Expedition Society offers opportunities unlike any other on campus. Along with weekly outings around the Cornish countryside and further afield in the UK, the Society also helps students design their own overseas research expeditions, known as the FXpeditions. This gives you a chance to design and undertake your very own expedition during the summer months. During a typical term you will explore all that the Cornish landscape and culture has to offer; talks and workshops from adventurers, explorers and academics; socials; and planning your next big adventure. Visit www.fxpeditions.org for more information about how you can get involved, what's gone before, and more.

 

Living in Exeter

As a Geography student in Exeter, you will be based at our Streatham Campus, one of the most beautiful in the UK and which offers a distinctive environment in which to study with lakes, parkland, woodland and gardens to enjoy throughout the year. Our student halls are located on both campus and at a variety of locations closer to the city centre, giving students the convenience of easy access to both locations.

The campus is located an easy 15 minutes’ walk into Exeter city centre, which offers an attractive mix of vibrant culture and a safe, student-friendly environment. With its excellent shopping, including the £235 million Princesshay development, and pubs, cafes, restaurants, theatres and cinemas there is plenty to do in the city, from the popular mainstream to the quirky and unusual.

Exeter is well placed for easy access to beautiful countryside and moorland, with Dartmoor and Exmoor on your doorstep – perfect for walkers and horse riders, plus the stunning coastline provides scope for surfing, swimming, kiteboarding, sailing, diving and almost any other water sport you can think of.

Students' Guild

The University’s students’ union, the Exeter Guild, has a wide variety of clubs and societies which organises nights out and events throughout the year.

University life and student support

You can find out a great deal more about what life is like for students on our campuses and what support is available for you on the student life in Exeter pages.

Virtual tours and maps

See virtual tours and a map of the Streatham Campus and find out much more about living in Exeter and student life.

Student societies and activities in Exeter

There is a wealth of extra-curricular societies for our Geography students to get involved with on the Streatham Campus. These societies are the cornerstone of campus life and cover a diverse range of activities. Whatever your particular interest, there is something to appeal to everyone and each society provides you with a stimulating range of opportunities to meet like-minded people and develop your understanding of the subject.

Our societies are about more than just enhancing your social experience on campus. Increasingly employers are looking for evidence of the skills and abilities gained outside the boundaries of your degree when considering potential employees. The experiences, knowledge and confidence you will secure from these societies will enhance your future career opportunities from the moment you graduate.

There are a number of ways in which you can participate in these vibrant societies. The extent in which you get involved is entirely up to you – whether it is as an active member, taking part in its running and organisation, or developing it for the next generation of students to enjoy. Of course, you are not limited to those societies that are already established. If there is a club or society that we don’t have, but which you want, then we will try and help you set it up.

Below are just some examples of the societies already proving popular on our Streatham Campus:

Geography Society (GeogSoc)

GeogSoc is a successful, energetic, student-led society with members from all disciplines and degree programmes on the Streatham Campus. It organises a wide variety of geography-themed social events within the local area, a diverse range of adventure activities across the country, and an array of cultural, social and sporting trips. Examples of typical activities include the GeogSoc Ball, social events at some of Devon’s finest beaches and dedicated netball, football and rounders teams. GeogSoc works closely with the Geography department to ensure it offers the very best opportunities and experiences for every student involved.

Exeter Geography Employability

The Exeter Geography Employability group is made up of students and staff members and is designed to help geography students focus on practical ways in which to enhance their future career aspirations. The group hosts a series of career workshops and expert panels throughout the course of the academic year, and also organises and hosts a dedicated Careers Fair. A key part of the Employability Group is communication through various mediums – it asked for feedback and ideas from all geographers in order to improve the service and deliver events students want.

Peer mentoring

Geography on the Streatham Campus has recently introduced a peer mentoring scheme. It is already proving successful, with more than 50 mentors from the second and third years signing up to offer advice, guidance and experience to first year students. The mentors meet with their fellow students once a fortnight, and are on hand to offer practical advice about life on campus and within the department, drawing on their own, personal experiences. The scheme also offers you the opportunity to expand your social circle, and meet with students from all degree programmes and year groups, which helps strengthen the community-feel within the department. The scheme is already expanding and evolving, and a series of workshops and events are planned for the future.