Guild Hub Induction PRES Wellbeing Support

The PhD office is a pleasant environment to conduct research and I find my supervisors “open door” policy very helpful during times of crisis.

Matthew Tonkins- Camborne School of Mines

PGR Services

The University offers a range of support services to PGRs and ECRs. Below you can find information on the services and guides available to you. 

The Doctoral College blog is home to posts reflecting the life, research, events and enterprise of the Doctoral College. We will be posting about workshops, seminars and events happening across our campuses and in the wider world, sharing the knowledge and expertise of our academics and the views of everyone at the University.

If you have any news or events you would like us to cover, or any comments, please get in touch with us at the Doctoral College.

The University of Exeter is an inclusive community, where everyone has the right to be treated with respect. Harassment, bullying, intimidation and discrimination go against all we stand for and will not be tolerated. If you've experienced or witnessed any of the above we encourage you to report it and to get the support you might need via the Exeter Speaks Out webpages.

The Doctoral College induction takes place for new postgraduate research students in September and January of each academic year to help make transitioning to the University of Exeter as easy as possible. You will be invited to an event for the whole Doctoral College, and to a separate induction by the College relevant to your chosen discipline.

International support

Before you arrive

Read the information for new international students on our International Student Support pages, this includes our International Student Guide along with information on accommodation, visas and much much more!

Visas, immigration and support

The International Student Support team provide immigration advice to new and current students across all campuses. Visit our International Student Support website where we provide information on everything from applying for your Tier 4 visa including the Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) through to working during your studies. We also have guidance on how to protect your Tier 4 visa status in our Visa Conditions section.  Contact us.

The library is here to support you and your research; facilitating access to the information sources you need and providing training and guidance to help you make the most of these resources.

The library will form an integral part of your research experience here at the university, whether you are using the physical print resources and study spaces or accessing the e-collections and library support online.

We offer an ever-expanding library collection. We prioritise provision of materials in digital format wherever possible to ensure maximum access to our materials. We can advise you on where to look and how to search, as well as provide more tailored support in accessing research databases and content.

The comprehensive LibGuides collection covers all library-related information. The dedicated PGR LibGuide contains information specific to Postgraduate researchers.

Subject Guides
Your Subject Guide is the gateway to Library Resources and support. It contains the key databases and information sources for your subject alongside essential library skills.

Obtaining items from outside of the library collections
You can request Inter-Library Loans from other academic libraries via the Document Delivery service or request books for purchase using the Student Book Suggestion Scheme.

Our online tutorials provide training and the hands-on experience of using our resources. They can be found in the Module/Course guides section here.

One to one consultations
Our popular 1 to 1 consultations allow in-depth tailored support on your search strategies and sources.

Depositing your thesis
Your completed thesis will need to be deposited into the University online repository.  Information on this process can be found here.

If you have any questions about library services or would like to know more about how we can support you on your research journey, click here to contact us.

Please find below an archive of the Doctoral College newsletters sent out to Postgraduate Researchers and Early Career Researchers. If you are a student or staff member at the University and would like to receive a copy of the newsletter, please get in touch with the Doctoral College.

Postgraduate Research (PGR)

 Early Career Researchers (ECRs)

The Postgraduate Society is here to ensure your postgraduate experience at the University of Exeter is fun and rewarding, and is dedicated to representing postgraduate students’ social and recreational needs. Run by a committee of students, it can help you make the most of your time at Exeter.

The Society organises socials, trips to other cities and places of interest, and provides everyone with opportunities to meet other postgraduates, celebrate successes and gives the chance to relax from studying. The Society will help you to make memories and friendships that last into your professional life and beyond.

Connect with the Postgraduate Society on Facebook.

Talk to the Postgraduate Society on Twitter.

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There are a variety of study spaces available for postgraduate research students to suit the needs of all users. 

These include: 

  • Group spaces 
  • Silent study rooms 
  • Bookable spaces 
  • Individual study desks 
  • Flexible study space
  • Assistive technology rooms 

 Further information about study spaces available can be found on Penryn and Exeter campus pages. 

The Research Toolkit provides access to numerous online resources which may help you develop and mange projects, collaborate internally and externally, share your research findings, and more. 

Please note: To access the Research Toolkit you will need to be a current student or staff member.

The Students' Guild - Exeter Campuses (Streatham and St Luke's)

The Students' Guild is your students' union throughout your time at the University of Exeter. Every student studying at the Exeter campuses is automatically a member. It has over 220 societies, covering everything from bench ball to street magic, and also offering the postgraduate and mature students' societies. 

It offers a wealth of support to students through the Students' Guild Advice Unit for any problems you might experience whilst studying, including money matters, housing, and overseeing the Student Parent Support group.

Students' Union (FXU) - Cornwall Campus (Penryn and Truro)

FXU aim to bring the Postgraduate student voice to the fore in all University decision making. Every Postgraduate student at the University of Exeter, Cornwall campuses, is automatically enrolled as a member of the FXU.

All of their services are open to Postgraduate students, but they offer a few things that may be of particular interest, including the Postgraduate Society, representation and advice, the Be stress free app (only available for Penryn students), and Mind your head (FXU mental health booklet). 

For PGR students studying on the Penryn campus Student Services provides a range of support and information to support you throughout your studies. 

They are there for all students, whether it is help with finding your way around, advice about welfare, wellbeing and general student life, support as a disabled student, faith and spirituality, or just by offering a friendly ear. 

The first point of call for any questions or enquiries is the Student Services desk in the Compass on the Penryn Campus (open between 9am-5pm).  

Other ways to connect:

Truro Campus- Knowledge Spa (Mondays and Fridays)

Log an enquiry via Compass Online

Telephone: 01326 370460



Twitter: @fxstudents


The University offers a range of services and support to students throughout their studies. These range from shopping and banking on campus, to help with finance, fees, and graduation. A full list of services available can be found on the University website

A list of all the wellbeing services available for Postgraduate Researchers can be found here