Workshops

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. Whilst there is opportunity for discussion, there is no expectation for you to take part.

To see a full list of the wellbeing workshops running throughout the academic year, see below.

To book on to one of our workshops, please click the name of the workshop below which will take you to the My Career Zone where you are able to book a space. If you are interested in a workshop which is not scheduled to take place in the near future, please do let us know so we are able to ensure we are providing the right support for students. 

  • Wednesday 31st January: Stress Busting, 10:30 - 12:30, Queen's 1E, Queen's Building, Streatham
  • Wednesday 7th February: Overcoming Panic Attacks, 10:30 - 12:30, Harrison Hub 03, Harrison Building, Streatham
  • Wednesday 14th February: Presentation Anxiety, 10:30 - 12:30, Language Lab 2, Queen's Builidng, Streatham
  • Thursday 15th February: I've Got to be Perfect, 09:30 - 11:30, Baring Court 101, St Luke's Campus
  • Wednesday 21st February: Go to Bed and Get Some Sleep, 10:30 - 12:30, Harrison Hub 03, Harrison Building, Streatham
  • Wednesday 28th February: Stress Busting, 10:30 - 12:30, Queen's 1E, Queen's Building, Streatham
  • Wednesday 7th March: I've Got to Be Perfect, 10:30 - 12:30, Harrison Hub 03, Harrison Building, Streatham
  • Wednesday 14th March: How to Just Do It, 10:30 - 12:30, XFI Board Room, XFI Building, Streatham
  • Thursday 15th March: Busting Exam Stress, 13:30 - 15:30, Baring Court 126, St Luke's Campus
  • Wednesday 21st March: Busting Exam Stress, 10:30 - 12:30, Queen's Language Lab 2, Queen's Building, Streatham
  • Thursday 22nd March: I've Got to Be Perfect, 09:30 - 11:30, South Cloisters 1.22, St Luke's Campus
  • Thursday 3rd May: Busting Exam Stress, 10:00 - 12:00, Room 257, Queen's Building, Streatham Campus
  • Tuesday 15th May: Busting Exam Stress, 10:30 - 12:30, XFI Seminar Room B, XFI Building, Streatham Campus

Confidence and Resilience Course: Making the Most of Your Student Life

  • Next course: 10:00 - 12:00, Tuesday 27th February, Amory B142 (location changes weekly - see below)


Confidence and Resilience Course: Making the Most of Your Student Life

Formerly known as ACTivate Your Life, this Confidence and Resilience Course is a four week course that teaches key life skills which can help you feel more in control of your life. Each week you will learn new skills and find ways to fit these into your personal life. The course will:

  • Help you to understand yourself better
  • Help you to overcome difficulties and doubts
  • Find ways to deal with setbacks
  • Develop resilience

This course can benefit anyone, including people suffering from stress, physical health conditions, low mood or even if you simply want to learn how to develop resilience in order to deal with any difficulties now and in the future. 

A good deal of suffering comes from how we react to problems that life can sometimes throw at us. Learning how to change the ways in which we respond to problems and difficult life events can help us to become more resilient. 

The classes are lecture-based with activites designed to be individually active but non-interactive.

How to Book A Place

To book a place on the course, please click on the link above this section or search for the course on the Career Zone.

Dates and Locations 

10:00 - 12:00 (please note the changing locations):

Tuesday 27th February - Amory B142, The Amory Building

Tuesday 6th March - XFI Seminar Room A, XFI Building

Tuesday 13th March - XFI Seminar Room C, XFI Building

Tuesday 20th March - Harrison Room 254, Harrison Building

 

Please get in touch for more information on 01392 724831.

 

Study Skills Workshops

Please see the list below for details of our AccessAbility workshops, which are bookable by following the links to My Career Zone. Further information about the content is available on the individual Career Zone event pages.

They are tailored to those who are accessing Wellbeing Services for a disability or health condition impacting on their study. 

If you require study skills support and this isn’t related to a health condition or disability, support can be accessed through the academic skills team. Information can be found here: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/academic-skills-engagement-team/academic/e-resources/

  • Wednesday 10th January: Making Best Use of Recorded Lectures (Lecture Capture), 12:00 - 13:00, Queen's F, Queen's Building, Streatham
  • Wednesday 24th January: Developing Focus when Studying, 12:00 - 13:00, Harrison Hub 03, Harrison Building, Streatham
  • Thursday 25th January: Effective Reading, 14:30 - 15:30, South Cloisters 1.23, St Luke's Campus 
  • Wednesday 7th February: What Does This Assignment Really Want?, 12:00 - 13:00, XFI Board Room, XFI Building, Streatham
  • Wednesday 21st February: Effective Note-Taking, 12:00 - 13:00, Language Lab 2, Queen's Building, Streatham
  • Thursday 22nd February: What Does This Assignment Really Want?, 14:30 - 15:30, South Cloisters 1.23, St Luke's Campus 
  • Wednesday 28th February: Essay Structuring and Proofreading, 12:00 - 13:00, Harrison Hub 03, Harrison Building, Streatham
  • Wednesday 7th March: Using Extra Time in Exams, 12:00 - 13:00, XFI Board Room, XFI Building, Streatham
  • Wednesday 28th March: Essay Structuring and Proofreading, 12:30 - 13:30, Harrison Room 254, Harrison Building, Streatham

 

Post-Graduate Research Student Workshops

Postgraduate research students can access wellbeing sessions as part of the Researcher Development programme.

You can book on to these sessions on My Career Zone by searching ‘Researcher Development Exeter’ under ‘Events’.

One session

Having a healthy sleeping pattern is very important for overall wellbeing, however many people have difficulties with sleeping and feeling tired. Being a student this can be very frustrating. This workshop aims to give you information about sleep and what can cause problems in sleeping patterns. It also aims to give you a number of different techniques and strategies based on the cognitive behavioural therapy approach to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep. We also include some information on improving tiredness.

Next dates (2017):

  • 23/11/2017, 10:00 - 12:00, Old Library Rooms 4 and 5 (Professional Development Suite)
  • 02/03/2018, 10:00 - 12:00, Old Library Rooms 4 and 5 (Professional Development Suite)

One session

Mindfulness is a well-researched, non-religious and effective means of alleviating stress, anxiety and depression, and promoting wellbeing. This practical workshop was designed with the needs of students in mind and has been successfully used with Oxford University students. It primarily aims to teach people skills when they are feeling fairly well which can help with stepping out of the unhelpful thinking patterns that may lead to worsening mood and increasing stress levels.

Next date:

  • Friday 2nd February, 14:00 - 16:00, Old Library Rooms 4 and 5 (Professional Development Suite)

One session

Managing the demands of perfectionism. Sometimes the demands we can put on ourselves to achieve high standards can put us under a lot of pressure. Although this can be positive, it is important to notice when we are pushing ourselves beyond our limits, as our work can often suffer as a result. This workshop aims to help you understand perfectionism better and will provide you with a number of techniques based on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. The aim is to continue to maintain your high standards without them adversely affecting your wellbeing and performance.

Next dates:

  • 13/11/2017, 13:00 - 15:00, Old Library Rooms 4 and 5 (Professional Development Suite)
  • 19/02/2018, 14:00 - 16:00, Old Library Rooms 4 and 5 (Professional Development Suite)

One session

Throughout university you may feel a lot of pressure to achieve and this can lead to high levels of stress. A certain amount of stress is helpful but too much can actually impede your performance. Problems with sleep, fatigue, headaches and tension are some of the effects stress can have on our bodies. All these problems may affect our ability to concentrate and make it difficult for us to reach our full potential with our work. This workshop aims to give you techniques to decrease stress and enable you to perform better as a result.

Next dates:

  • 20/11/2017, 13:00 - 15:00, Old Library Rooms 4 and 5 (Professional Development Suite)
  • 09/02/2018, 10:00 - 12:00, Old Library Rooms 4 and 5 (Professional Development Suite)

One session

As you progress through your PhD the roles and responsibilities you balance can be extremely demanding: writing up, publication, conferencing, job applications. How do you ‘bounce back’ from disappointment and maintain a focus on your values?

This course aims to increase participants’ understanding of emotional and psychological resilience and its relationship to effectiveness in research environments, as well as in our day to day existence. It explores how we can build resilience through mindfulness and an evidence based approach to psychology called ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). The workshop is a mix of educational presentation, discussion and experiential activities, aiming to equip you with a toolkit of skills to help you stay on track for a more rich, full and meaningful life.

Next dates:

  • 13/10/2017, 13.30 - 16.00, Old Library Rooms 4 and 5 (Professional Development Suite)
  • 31/01/2018, 10:00 - 12.30, Old Library Rooms 4 and 5 (Professional Development Suite)

One session

Overcoming procrastination: We all put off tasks at times in favour of doing more interesting things; it is estimated that this is an issue for 75-95% of students. However, leaving work until the last minute can be problematic, resulting in us feeling stressed, missing a deadline or getting a lower grade than we hoped for. This workshop aims to help you understand procrastination better and will provide you with a number of techniques based on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. Prepare to motivate yourself to stop delaying the study you need to do.

Next dates:

  • 10/11/2017, 10:00 - 12:00, Old Library Rooms 4 and 5 (Professional Development Suite)
  • 19/02/2018, 10:00 - 12:00, Old Library Rooms 4 and 5 (Professional Development Suite)