Student life

Psychology at Exeter is a fairly large yet very welcoming discipline. Our academics and students have a good amount of contact time and develop strong working relationships over the course of a degree programme, a factor we feel is important to students' success. This collegiate approach results in an intimate, friendly atmosphere that perfectly complements our world-class teaching and research.

The University of Exeter has a huge amount to offer students. We are set in the heart of some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK, while the culture-rich and student-friendly city provides a relaxing, sociable and friendly environment. Our vibrant student community also offers a fantastic student lifestyle in a safe, pleasant and energising atmosphere.

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

Student-Staff Liaison Committees

Student-Staff Liaison Committees

We are committed to enabling all students to communicate their views and to receiving suggestions to influence changes to our policies and procedures. Psychology has an undergraduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC), which gives you the opportunity to voice your opinions about studying with us and to comment on a wide range of issues and possible developments.

The SSLC 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 Exeter

Exeter is a city with 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 watersport you can think of. Find out more about living in Exeter.

Streatham Campus

The Streatham Campus is an attractive campus with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, located an easy 15 minutes’ walk into the city centre. Student halls are located on campus and at a variety of locations closer to the city centre, giving students the convenience of easy access to both locations.

Virtual tours and maps

You can see virtual tours and a map of the Streatham Campus on our Visiting us web pages.

Student societies and activities

There is a wide array of social, Psychology-based societies for our students to participate in at the Streatham Campus. They provide an integral part of campus life and are comprised of a diverse and fascinating range of activities that we are confident will appeal to you, whatever your particular interest. As well as providing a stimulating range of opportunities to meet like-minded people, these groups also help you develop your understanding of the subject.

Our societies provide you with a host of skills and abilities gained outside of the boundaries of your degree that can prove important to potential employers. The experiences, knowledge and confidence you will secure from these groups can greatly enhance your future career opportunities from the moment you graduate.

The extent to 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 at the University of Exeter.

Psychology Society (PsySoc)

PsySoc is a vibrant and successful society for all undergraduate Psychology students. It provides a wide range of activities, both socially and academically, throughout each term. These include informal nights out, subject-related films shown at the campus cinema, excursions and sports teams, as well as academic support workshops on a variety of subjects including essay writing, referencing, exam preparation and what happens as your degree progresses. PsySoc are also forming links with the South West division of the British Psychological Society to provide students with contacts and information. More information can be found at the dedicated Facebook page, called PsySoc Exeter. 

Psychology in the Pub

Psychology in the Pub, coordinated by BPS South West, is an open event held monthly at the St Olave's Hotel, Mary Arches Street near the city centre, a short distance from the Streatham Campus. Psychologists, therapists and other experts from around the country bring you the latest psychological insights into everyday life. The format of the sessions generally revolve around a short presentation followed by question and answer discussion in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Subjects include popular aspects of psychology such as happiness, social networking, parapsychology, deception, and mindfulness. The group is open to everyone. Find out more about the Exeter Hub of Psychology in the Pub.

Buddy Up scheme

The Buddy Up scheme helps new Psychology undergraduate students settle in and find their way around more quickly. It provides a wealth of information for students to allow them to successfully navigate their way around, network, and learn from other students within the same department. The Buddy Up scheme also provides a personal development opportunity for second and third year students to enhance their communication and leadership skills, which counts towards the Exeter Award. Find out more about the Buddy Up scheme.

Cultural Café

The Cultural Café is a meeting place for UK and international Psychology students. It promotes communication across cultures and languages, and provides the ideal environment in which to practice English in an informal environment, as well as make new friends, learn about different cultures and network. For more information visit facebook group.

Volunteering exhibition for Psychology students

A volunteering exhibition has been held in the Career Zone for Psychology students to network with a wide range of charities. Seventeen charities attended the event which opened with presentations about volunteering and the benefits it can offer, given by South West Forum, Exeter Alumni from Noah’s Ark Zoo and current students. Students had the chance to find out more through talking to the various charity exhibitors and signing up for further information about volunteering opportunities. More than 80 students attended the event and we have received positive feedback from both the students and the charities involved.

The student experience

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