Our Professional Portfolio Development Opportunities website was created by our recent Medical Sciences alumni and provides a rich source of relevant advice and opportunities for you as an undergraduate and an alumnus. Find out more
College of Medicine and Health
College of Medicine and Health
The College benefits from a strong community of alumni from around the globe. We welcome the opportunity for our alumni to connect with us in a wide variety of ways, from volunteering to work with our students, to joining an alumni network, to making a donation to our campaign. Working together we aim to support both the future ambitions of our alumni community and the College.
Your relationship with us doesn’t end when you graduate and we are always keen to hear from you. Whether you are an alumnus of the College or an alumnus of another College with an interest in our work, we are here to support you. Browse the latest news and events, opportunities to get involved and the benefits available to you as an Exeter graduate.
Keeping us up to date with where you are and what you are doing enables us to develop events and opportunities that will be of interest to you. We would really like to hear from you, please do update your details by emailing the Alumni Engagement Officer Natalie Swain.
Volunteering at Exeter is a great way to stay connected with the University and support the alumni of the future. We are continually developing a wide range of opportunities for alumni to get involved in support of College activity and the student experience. These include:
- Give a careers talk
- Mentor a student
- Develop students CV and interview skills
- Provide a work placement
- Recruit a graduate
Open Days: We hold a number of open days throughout the year for prospective and offer-holding students. Alumni are invited to join discipline talks to share their experiences and offer an insight into where their degree has taken them.
Providing a profile: Profiles are a great way to celebrate the achievements of our alumni, to show our current students the kinds of career paths and successes they can look forward to, and to show prospective students what life at Exeter and beyond could offer.
Giving a lecture: Share your expertise with current students as part of a specific subject or society programme.
International country contact: Live outside of the UK? Help fellow alumni renew friendships and strengthen ties with the University by acting as a contact for your country and helping to organise events in your region.
Find out more
If you would like to know more about any of these activities and how you can support the College by volunteering your time, please get in touch with our Alumni Engagement Officer Natalie Swain.
The need to fundraise
In the last ten years the landscape for university funding has changed beyond all recognition. Government funding has contracted whilst tuition fees (payable by students themselves) have increased. In a tough public spending environment we have to invest in our facilities, our students and staff, and in our teaching and research to remain a University of choice for the brightest and the best.
If you are interested in helping to support the work of Exeter’s researchers please visit our Donations page.
Our Continuing Professional Development opportunities are designed and delivered by faculty who are role models for combining healthcare expertise with research-led education. At the heart of our approach is a strong, supportive partnership to help you develop the advanced skills and knowledge you need to make a positive contribution to the delivery of care.
Visit the Medical School CPD pages for information about our latest CPD courses and events
Meet our alumni
Since graduating from Exeter, I returned to Cardiff to undertake an MPhil. I returned to the same lab I had done my PTY in and effectively continued the project on Huntington's Disease and Epilepsy. During my time there I got to attend conferences across the UK presenting my research and was involved in a large collaborative European research project. Upon obtaining my MPhil I then accepted a DPhil in Sussex researching Alzheimer's disease and the underlying synaptic deficits associated with the disorder.
Since graduating from University of Exeter in 2014 with a BSc Hons in Medical Science, I pursued a teaching career in Further and Higher Education. I started at University Centre Harlow during which I delivered Year 1 Human Anatomy and Physiology and Year 2 Principles of Genetics university modules as part of the Bioscience BSc (Hons) degree at Anglia Ruskin University. I was then awarded the National Heart and Lung Foundation Scholarship to attend Imperial College London to study an MSc in Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells; Novel Therapies. My MSc project was based on aberrant cell-cell interaction at the cardiac intercalated disc and I was very fortunate to be co-supervised on this project.
Following this, I devised and delivered an Anatomy and Physiology module and the Foundations in Biomedical Science module as part of the Extended BSc Degrees in Medical Science, Pharmaceutical Science and Nutrition at Anglia Ruskin University.
With an interest in teaching, I continued my teaching portfolio at Harlow College and became the lead A Level Biology Teacher and Course Leader for the Access to Medicine Diploma.
I will finish an intercalated degree in BSc Sports and Exercise Medical Science this year. Following on from this I will be studying the final year of BMBS Medicine. From this, I hope to pursue a career in orthopaedic surgery. I chose this career as I have always had an interest in surgery. I find both surgical techniques and the surgical environment fascinating. I especially like the fact that you can greatly improve somebody's quality of life after one day of surgical intervention. Orthopaedic surgery appeals to me as many of the cases involved come from sports backgrounds.
Dr Anant Sinha
I was based at Exeter University for three years of my five-year medical degree. After graduating in 2017, I am currently training to be a general practitioner (GP) in Gloucestershire.
One would expect that as a medical student my life was limited to lectures and libraries, but it couldn’t have been more different. Exeter offers a self-directed learning model and a spiral curriculum, which allowed us to revisit existing knowledge and build on this further at our own pace. Early clinical experience allowed us to understand and work towards the role expected of us. We were supported both academically and resources were always there to support our wellbeing.
The extensive number of societies at Exeter offers a good social life, which is not limited to the medical and sports group. Participation in cultural societies is encouraged and festivals from every religion is appreciated and celebrated. Events from the Hindu Society and Asian society allowed me to participate in Diwali celebrations on campus and over 500 people attended.
As an international student, I feel that a university experience at Exeter was life changing. It opened so many opportunities and introduced me to a new culture, whilst keeping me connected to my own. It may seem scary to move halfway across the world, but the experience and memories you will make will last you a lifetime.
Lead Practice Educator, Diagnostic Radiographer and University Clinical Tutor
After graduating from the University of Exeter in 2010 I started my career as a Diagnostic Radiographer at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust in the X-ray department, as a trauma and plain film radiographer.
Diagnostic radiography gave me the opportunity to work as part of a team with patients and carers to deliver high levels of patient care, whilst providing a diagnosis to support treatments and aid recovery.
The part of my role I enjoyed most was teaching others. This led me to pursue postgraduate study in Clinical Education and I now have a dual role as the Lead Practice Educator within the Plain Film Imaging department and a University Clinical Tutor for the University of Exeter's Medical Imaging programme.
I love the opportunity that both my roles present in shaping the future of the profession by educating the radiographers of here and now, and tomorrow. I have the privilege of working with passionate radiographers and students who feel proud of the role they play in the healthcare system. As a team we have shown ourselves to be resilient, adaptable and compassionate.
CT Radiographer and CT Head Reporting Radiographer. Helene graduated in 2010.
My favourite thing about being a radiographer is the variety of patients you see and multidisciplinary teams you work with on a daily basis. We work in every part of the hospital, day and night and are always in demand. Being a Radiographer is more than just taking x-rays and although you are with a patient for often a short period of time the impact you can have on them and their care can be huge.
I am lucky enough to have been able to train as an Advanced Practitioner in CT head reporting whilst clinically being a CT Radiographer.
This had allowed me to actively engage in helping to diagnose abnormalities found on a CT Head, and when working clinically, scanning patients from a large variety of backgrounds, ranging from GP, oncology trial, paediatric, major trauma and acute stroke patients, to name just a few. Although some days can be challenging, I wouldn’t change the job I am in.