Prospective students, applicants and offer holders (Exeter and Cornwall)
Our Admissions team are committed to continuing to provide the same exceptional service we always have for our prospective students. We’ve collated a series of FAQs below to help with your questions during this uncertain time.
Further information about the application process is available on our webpages:
We are working with all our academics to offer you a flexible approach to studying, so that we have options and choices available to you. You’ll be taught face to face on campus, if you can safely attend, and live online and we will provide new enhanced, structured digital learning resources created by our academics to support your learning. So whatever happens we can support you to study with us and get your world class degree.
Most international fee-paying students will need some form of visa to come to the UK. We have a dedicated team who will support you with this process. We know that international students will be worried by the Covid-19 situation and what it means for their immigration status and their studies in the UK.
We host live webinars and virtual Q&A sessions to help students understand the latest visa advice and to assist them with preparing their visa applications. Check out our schedule of events on our website.
While we’re not able to run any on-campus events at the moment, we have been and will continue to run an exciting schedule of online activities for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students. We also have a series of virtual tours allowing you to take a look around our beautiful campuses.
In March 2021 we will run visit days for offer-holders to meet with students and lecturers from your chosen subject. These will be virtual events due to on campus restrictions.
In addition to these virtual visit days, you can also take part in our Discover University series. Activities include regular subject specific sessions delivered by our academic community, as well as information and guidance on choosing a university course, writing a personal statement, navigating the UCAS process and more! Each session includes a live Q&A with University of Exeter colleagues or students, which provides a great opportunity to gain insight into life and study at a University of Exeter campus.
Your campus experience
The safety of our students is our priority. We have put in place in place comprehensive safety measures across all our campuses and buildings, and we are committed to making our campuses safe. We’re lucky to have three of the most beautiful, green campuses in the UK, with two locations in Exeter and Penryn to choose from, and the space on all our campuses allows us to socialise outside and manage our environment, including specially adapted study spaces foir students.
Our university halls and accommodation offer a safe and happy environment. We’re following expert advice on this and have introduced enhanced hygiene measures to keep you safe and protected. If we make any changes to how you are grouped into halls or accommodation, we will tell you on our dedicated webpage. We have information for you on all accommodation matters including answers to your frequently asked questions on our dedicated webpages for Exeter and for Cornwall programmes.
The wellbeing of our students is extremely important to us, and even more of a focus during these times. Wellbeing and welfare support is available to our students 24/7, which means you'll have support available around the clock should you need it. Our Wellbeing Services in Exeter and Cornwall will be open for you and have been carrying out appointments remotely, throughout this time. We’re working on plans to enable you to get a rapid test for the virus if you feel unwell and, by working with the healthcare community in Devon and Cornwall, we’ll make sure you’re supported during any periods of isolation and/or treatment.
You'll also have access to a host of resources, which we would encourage you to use should you need to do so.
We are committed to ensuring you have fair and equal access to university, irrespective of your background, and understand that certain aspects of university life can be very challenging. You may be eligible for additional support throughout your studies, from bursaries to academic and employability support. We also provide an enhanced induction programme for eligible students as part of our Transition support, to help you settle into university life. Please see our website for information about how we can support you.
We are one community that looks after and supports each other, and we’re absolutely committed to supporting you and your wellbeing.
Your social life
We know that non-academic life is a key part of your University experience, and we are committed to ensuring that you have the best well-rounded experience during your time as a University of Exeter student. Whilst following Government guidance, we aim to have our campuses social spaces open and accessible to all students so you have plenty of opportunity to socialise with each other whilst remaining safe – plans will include the safe re-opening of our outdoor spaces, cafes, shops, and meeting spaces such as the Forum and Stannary.
We have collated the following answers for you, to help with your questions during this uncertain time, but if you need to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to email us and include your University of Exeter reference number which will help speed up our response time.
New Students' Guide
Welcome to your first year at Exeter! We developed a guide to help you through your first term and give you a handy checklist of tasks and links to show you everything you’ll need to know.
Online programme for self-isolation
Have you arrived from overseas and need to self-isolate? Don’t worry you are not alone!
Everyone join us on the Connected FaceBook group to meet with other students who are self-isolating across our campuses.
Frequently asked questions
Please note the advice on this page may change, particularly as there are ongoing updates to the Government guidance.
We can assure all prospective students that we have suitable arrangements in place. Like you, we do not yet know what September 2021 will bring but we will email you with updates on what teaching and learning may look like and how the social experience of university may change as a result of COVID-19. We are committed to doing everything in our power to be able to ensure excellent learning and teaching and provide exciting opportunities for research.
We will be providing updates on our developing plans as we approach the start of your programme. In the meantime, we are grateful for your understanding through this constantly evolving situation and we wish you, and those close to you, safety and good health.
We are waiting for further details on how teacher assessments will work but rest assured we will be accepting the confirmed results awarded by exam boards as normal. We will provide more information updates when more details are available to us all. We expect to have plenty of capacity to continue making offers to 2021 and 2022 applicants and we will be honouring the offers that have already been made. As the Equal Consideration Date has been delayed from 15 January to 18:00 on 29 January, we may need to release further offers a little more slowly than normal whilst we assess all the new applications. Rest assured we will be as flexible as we can in adjusting to the changes in the results profile this year.
We appreciate this must be a worrying time for you. We are waiting for more details from OfQual and the government on the arrangements that will be put into place for you. In the meantime, if you are a private candidate, please get in touch with us so that we can share relevant updates with you as the position becomes clearer.
We are aware that some local education institutions have extended their holiday periods and some are closed or operating in different ways. We appreciate that this will have an impact on some students’ ability to complete their applications, particularly with preparing their creative portfolios and evidence of their academic and English language qualifications.
Please be assured that all applications received in line with relevant admissions deadlines will be considered equally. We will consider the likely impact of the escalating situation on our applicants and make every effort to ensure those students are not disadvantaged.
If you are thinking of deferring, please make this request as soon as possible so that we can manage the number of places available for others wanting to study in 2021 and 2022. At the moment, we have strong demand for 2021 places because of those wanting to change gap year plans and we also have a responsibility to make sure those applying to study in 2022 are treated fairly alongside this year’s applicants. Whilst we don’t have a deadline for deferral requests, we prefer to receive them prior to results day. Each case will be considered individually, taking account of any particular personal circumstances as well as your chosen subject. Please be mindful though, that whilst we are generally able to allow deferred places for 2022 for programmes without a cap, if at any point you wish to change your mind and reverse the deferral, we may not be able to accommodate this, so please consider a deferral carefully before requesting it.
If you have applied to a Postgraduate Taught programme and have paid a tuition fee deposit, this will automatically be rolled forward with your application if a deferral request is granted.
Please see the individual terms and conditions of the scholarship you have been offered. Further information about funding and scholarships can be found here.
Studentships are paid to registered students regardless of whether you are on campus or not. For most studentships, the duration of the funding is not expected to change even if an adjusted start date is agreed.
We do not anticipate any delays. If this changes we will let you know.
We have cancelled all face to face interviews for 2021 entry due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We have taken this decision with the aim of safeguarding the health and welfare of our visitors, students and staff. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but your safety is our top priority. Please be assured that we are experienced at conducting online interviews for programmes including Medicine and our PGCE and we will be able to do this if necessary. All 2021 application deadlines remain as before.
We know that some international qualifications may issue results with a small delay or be postponed. Some universities may also award degrees later than originally planned.
Undergraduate applicants are required to meet conditions of their offer by 31 August 2021 irrespective of year of entry. However, we understand that due to current circumstances some applicants may need a bit more time to meet the conditions of their offer. With this in mind, if applicants will not be able to meet their conditions by this date due to the impact of Coronavirus i.e. delayed release date of results, we may be able to extend the deadline.
If you think that you’ll need additional time to confirm your results, we ask that you contact the Admissions team.
We have comprehensive information about applying for a student visa on our website. You can also attend one of our online events to find out more about applying for your visa.
However, if you need more in-depth advice on your individual situation please contact International Student Support at email@example.com.
Your CAS should not be affected by Covid-19. When you have met all of the conditions of your university offer and paid your deposit (where applicable) you will be sent a CAS Data Check. Once you have checked and returned your CAS Data Check we can issue you with a CAS. Once you have your CAS you can apply for your visa up to 6 months before the start of your course. For further details on CAS issuing please see CAS and Qualifications.
This will depend on your particular circumstances, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and our International Student Support team will advise you.
If you change programme before you make your visa application, you will need to use a CAS for the new programme to apply for your visa. If you change programme after your visa has already been granted, please contact email@example.com and our International Student Support team will advise you.
Your entry vignette (the visa sticker in your passport) should be granted for 90 days. You can therefore legally enter the UK at any time within this 90 day period. If you are able to start your studies remotely and travel to the UK within 90 days, your visa will continue to be valid. If you are unable to travel within the 90 day period on your vignette, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and our International Student Support team will advise you on how to replace it.
You will need to wait until visa centres in your country are open before you can apply for your visa. If this means that there is a delay to your arrival on campus, most of our programmes will allow you to start your studies remotely until you are able to travel.
Please visit our Remote Study webpages to find out more.
For visa application centre updates relevant to your home country please visit:
This will depend on your particular circumstances and may be affected by Covid-19 immigration concessions. Please contact email@example.com for advice from an immigration adviser in International Student Support.
They will advise whether or not it is possible for you to apply and help you to prepare a valid application.
If you are studying in the UK for more than six months and are from one of the countries listed on the Police Registration section of our website, you are required to register with the police when you arrive in the UK. Information on this can be found on our When you arrive in Exeter website.
During periods of lockdown and some periods of heightened restriction, the police will close for police registration. If this is the case, it will be published on our website and you can wait to register with the police until they have re-opened.
Even if police registration is operating, you do not need register with the police while you are self-isolating, as it is more important that you complete your self-isolation period safely. The police are aware of this and understand that students may take longer than usual to register. When centres are open, you should register with the police as soon as possible after your period of self-isolation has been completed.
Yes. On January 8th, the Government announced that all international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure. Find out more on our travelling to the UK from overseas pages.
Events on campus
Please note, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic we have closed our campuses for all but essential access. The safety of our University community is our absolute priority and therefore our buildings and spaces are temporarily closed to visitors.
We are sorry to let you know that we have had to cancel our face to face Offer Holder Visit Days due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We have taken this decision to safeguard the health and welfare of our visitors, students and staff. Your safety is our top priority, but we are also very sorry to have cancelled as we know how important and valued these events are to our offer holders.
We have now invited all offer-holders to our online Offer-Holder Visit Days which are taking place after Easter. These will provide you with the guidance and information you need to make informed decisions about studying with the University of Exeter, across all its campuses. We have emailed all offer-holders with registration details for these online events. If you haven’t received an invitation, please check your spam/junk folders in case our email has been misdirected. If you are an offer-holder and haven’t been asked to register, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (for Streatham or St Luke’s campus offers) and email@example.com (for Penryn campus offers).
We are not currently holding Open Days on campus, but our online Open Days are designed for you to experience all that we have to offer and to help you make informed decisions about studying with the University of Exeter. You can live chat to staff and students and explore a range of web and video resources. Our next live online Open Days will be in June 2021.
You can also explore our online Open Day platform at any time without a booking.
Online live chats are running between September 2020 and January 2021 for some of our subjects. These offer a chance to talk to an academic and a current student from the subject you are interested in studying. You can ask any questions about course content, teaching, assessment, applying and student life at Exeter.
Whatever happens over the next few months, we will do our very best to make sure that you have the information you need and to answer your questions about studying with us.
We anticipate that our PGCE Open Day will not take place, but we are organising alternative opportunities for you to visit us in person at a later date. We are also planning live online events to help you experience all that we have to offer and help you make informed decisions about studying with the University of Exeter.
In the meantime, please book for an event on our Teacher Training Open Days web page to record your interest so that we can keep you informed of the latest position.
Whatever happens over the next few months, we will do our very best to make sure that you have the information you need and to answer your questions about studying with us.
We are not currently running Postgraduate Open Days on campus due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We took this decision to safeguard the health and welfare of our visitors, students and staff. Your safety is our top priority, but we are very sorry not to meet you in person right now.
Our next online Postgraduate Open Day will take place in November 2020. This will provide you with the guidance and information you need to make informed decisions about studying with the University of Exeter.
We organised a virtual postgraduate event in June and you can watch recordings from this event on our Online Open Day platform.
We are sorry to let you know that we have had to suspend our Campus Tours for the foreseeable future. We will reinstate this service when it is appropriate to do so. In the meantime, we are organising a series of online events to help you experience all that we have to offer and help you make informed decisions about studying with the University of Exeter. You can also take a video tour of our campuses here.
We have posted full information on self-isolating, including the support available, on these webpages.
All individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough, fever or anosmia.
Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked. For further information please visit the GOV UK Pages.
The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England (PHE) update the UK’s COVID-19 information on a regular basis.
You must wear a face covering when inside University buildings* – this includes wearing a face covering when in one of our marquees during the day (unless you are eating at the time) and when queuing at a catering outlet.
You do not have to wear a face covering when eating/drinking in a catering outlet and you do not have to wear a face covering outside, unless you are unable to socially distance or you wish to do so.
A face visor or shield may be worn in addition to a face covering, but not instead of one. This is because face visors or shields do not adequately cover the nose and mouth. Those who can wear a face covering, who do not have an exemption, should wear a face covering rather than a visor. Visors can be worn in addition to a face covering, but not as a replacement.
*exceptions apply for colleagues in individual and shared office spaces
Consideration should be made to wearing face coverings regarding:
You don’t need to wear a face covering if you’re in an individual office but you are expected to do so if you’re moving around your building or wider campus.
Staff in shared offices
Occupants of shared office spaces are expected to wear face coverings, unless spaced 2m apart with this distance capable of being maintained at all times. Ventilation and cleaning practices must be maintained at all times and a face covering should be worn if moving around the office where 2m cannot be maintained. Staff can choose to wear a face covering in a shared office.
Frontline student service staff
Those working in areas such as hubs and information points, do not need to wear face coverings if their service desk is fitted with a transparent screen. However they should wear a face covering if working behind the screen with others an unable to maintain a 2m distance. They can choose to wear a face covering in addition to using the screen. Where a screen is not in place, colleagues are expected to wear a face covering.
Teaching colleagues have access to face coverings. These must be worn if moving outside of the marked 2m safe teaching zone or if it’s likely that students may come within 2m. Teaching colleagues can ask students to wear a face covering. Academic colleagues can choose to wear a face coverings inside the 2m teaching zone.
Colleagues in third party / host employer premises such as the NHS, should follow local policy.
Some members of our University community are exempt from wearing face coverings. The reason may not always be obvious however, whilst not being a requirement, these members can request exemption cards or badges to highlight their exemption. Obviously, whilst we should all strive to respect everyone’s privacy. Those with an exemption who can tolerate a visor, can continue to wear a visor rather than no covering at all if that works for them.
It’s also important for us all to ensure members of our community that should be wearing face coverings are doing so. On occasions where someone is not wearing a face covering and there is no indication they have an exemption, we are therefore asking colleagues and students alike to appropriately and with empathy, point out the need to be wearing a face covering where they are. Taking collective responsibility, will help play a role in quickly establishing the correct use of face coverings, establish this as a social norm and keep the University and wider community safe.
Exemption cards, lanyards and badges available for colleagues and students who choose to use one and these are available from:
- University Main Reception, Streatham Campus
- Info@St Luke’s
- Cornwall: Glasney lodge for students, ESI reception for staff
- Our campus Here2Help team (Exeter) and Marshalls (Cornwall)
“Please give me space” cards and badges are also available at the above locations.
To keep all of us safe we will continue to monitor the national picture and review face covering policy each week and will communicate any changes.
We are offering free three-layer face coverings to everyone who is using our campuses during lockdown. These face coverings are available to people who choose to upgrade their single layer / loose fitting face covering – the disposable face coverings have 3 layers and have a snug fit on the face which when worn correctly with both the nose and mouth covered, will perform effectively to provide a good barrier to respiratory aerosols and small droplets.
The face coverings will be available at stations in following locations:
• Forum Forum Street, entrance to Devonshire House, and Sanctuary / Blackwell’s foyer)
• Peter Chalk Centre
• Old Library
St Luke’s Campus:
• X-Keys café
• Glasney Porter’s Lodge
• Masters suite (for Masters students only)
• ESI reception (for staff only)
Please remember to sanitise your hands and the hand sanitiser station before collecting your mask, and remember to queue in a safe and socially-distanced manner.
1. Sanitise your hands before touching the face covering
2. Take a face covering
3. Place the covering over your face, pinch the wire over nose to mould securely to shape of your face, then pull down under your chin
4. After use, dispose of the face covering in the general waste bin (nothing goes to landfill at the University)
5. If you come to collect a face covering and the supply has run out, please contact a member of the “Here to Help” team
A video of how to safely wear a face covering will shortly be available online.
Disposable face coverings will be available on campus until the end of lockdown 3.0, when we will review the level of COVID-19 infection in the region and on campus. These face coverings are available to people who choose to upgrade their single layer / loose fitting face covering – the disposable face coverings have 3 layers and have a snug fit on the face which when worn correctly with both the nose and mouth covered, will perform effectively to provide a good barrier to respiratory aerosols and small droplets.
No, these are for people who choose to use it to improve the fit and efficiency of the face covering, during lockdown 3.
However, some people may be asked to wear particular face coverings due to the nature of their work and outcome of workplace risk assessment.
To find out more about what the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and what it plans to do next, please read the Coronavirus action plan: a guide to what you can expect across the UK.
For students - our AccessAbility team is available for you to discuss any concerns you may have around your disability. You can find information on how to access this team on our website.
A guide has been developed specifically for disabled colleagues working from home which addresses some of the challenges faced by those who need to self-isolate and maintain prolonged social distancing. The guide also provides signposting and guidance towards additional support. If you are contacted by your manager about returning to work on campus, you should discuss with them whether any additional adjustments are required. If you have a condition which makes you clinically extremely vulnerable or vulnerable please see the sections above and refer to government advice regarding shielding. If you require additional support or advice please contact your line manager who can arrange a referral to occupational health or contact a disability adviser in confidence.
Advice for parents
Unfortunately, we are not able to discuss the details of individual students with parents, guardians or carers unless the student gives us permission to do so, but please be assured we are keeping students up to date with the latest information, which can be found on this webpage and also via the Public Health England (PHE) webpages. We would encourage any student with an underlying health condition to speak to their GP for advice.
We encourage you to make contact with your child directly and re-emphasise the need to contact 111 if they are worried about their health.