Student life

In Sport and Health Sciences we offer undergraduate students the opportunity to join a friendly and close-knit community. We pride ourselves on providing not only an exciting, challenging academic experience, but also an enjoyable social experience too, so that our graduates leave us as highly employable people with great memories of their time in the department. Many choose to stay on to postgraduate study with us and continue their work with staff and fellow students they know well.

The St Luke's Campus provides a community feel for our students, and the team spirit is evident in something as simple as gathering together in the quad. 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. We aim to make sure our students leave us with memories of their time at university that they will treasure, and benefit from, for a long time after they graduate.

Read more in this section 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

Your voice as a student

We are committed to enabling all students to communicate their views and to receiving suggestions to influence changes to our policies and procedures. Sport and Health Sciences 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.

Student societies and activities

Many of our students are extremely involved with the University's sports societies. In addition, there is a wide array of social, subject-based societies for our Sports and Health Sciences students to join. They provide an integral part of campus life and offer 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:

Peer mentoring

The peer mentoring scheme within Sports and Health Sciences provides a platform for second and third year students to offer advice, guidance and experience to first year students. The mentors meet with their fellow students regularly, and are on hand to offer practical advice about life on campus and within Sport and Health Sciences, drawing on their personal experiences. The scheme also offers you the opportunity to expand your social circles which helps strengthen the sense of community within the discipline.

Sports Volunteering Scheme

The Sports Volunteering Scheme (SVS) offers you the chance to coach children in local primary and secondary schools in a sport of your choice.  The sessions are within easy commuting distance and take place during PE lessons, at lunchtime, during after school clubs or as one off events. You can volunteer as much or as little time as you wish and the placements are designed to fit around your academic commitments and other activities. You can also earn £100 towards a sports coaching qualification with just 10 hours of volunteering.

Action After Stroke

Action After Stroke (AAS) is a non-profit organisation that provides stroke survivors with a safe, friendly place to exercise and socialise in order to aid recovery. Meeting twice-weekly at St. Luke’s gym, the group welcomes student volunteers to provide assistance, encouragement and motivation to members carrying out exercise programmes, as well as take part in a variety of social events throughout the year. You will be given the opportunity to meet and work with inspirational people on a one-to-one basis, develop key skills for your future career, and make a real difference to members of the wider Exeter community. For more information visit our Facebook group.

Employability Alumni Panel Event

The Employability Alumni Panel Event allows Sport and Health Sciences students to meet with previous University of Exeter graduates from the discipline. The event is held over two hours during one evening in the first term, and features a variety of different speakers who have followed various career paths such as sports development, teaching and PhD study.  The event enables you to gain excellent advice regarding the qualifications and experience needed to explore different career paths.

Sport and Health Sciences Careers Day

Sport and Health Sciences holds an annual Careers Day on the St Luke's Campus, during the second term. This popular event features former graduates and external speakers who offer practical advice on how to explore different career paths, as well as workshops on employment within the health, business and management, sport science and sport law fields, among others, as well as postgraduate and research opportunities.

Careers Advice Centre

We offer a careers advice drop-in centre on Tuesdays 9-11am in the library. Students are encouraged to attend if they need general advice on careers or specific help with CV or job applications writing.

Cultural Café

The Cultural Café is a meeting place for UK and international Sports and Health Sciences 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 our Facebook group.

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.

St Luke's Campus

Students have studied at St Luke’s for over 150 years and although much has changed over the years, the campus has retained a vibrant, collegiate atmosphere in which everyone soon gets to know each other. As you walk through the arches of the traditional North Cloisters you will see the lawns of the quadrangle surrounded by modern teaching buildings. The campus is a short work from the town centre and student halls are located on campus

Virtual tours and maps

You can see virtual tours and a map of the St Luke's Campus on our Visiting us web pages.