Networks/Communities of Practice

We know from experience that informal and social learning methods can help people reflect upon and make sense of their role and the challenges they are facing. They often have a greater and longer lasting effect and we intend to increase our provision in this important area.

The University encourages and supports a range of formal and informal networks that help colleagues realise their potential, solve problems, develop their career, share good practice and broaden work perspectives and departmental/University/sector knowledge.

Communities of Practice

The Academic Development team manages the EduExe Series, a sequence of interactive sessions that address authentic issues in teaching practice. The sessions are open to all staff that support learning. Please visit the EduExe webpages for more information.

The Graduate School of Education has several research networks that connect members of staff and postgraduates whose research interests converge. Currently active networks include:

  • Creativity and Emergent Educational-futures Network (CEEN)
  • Education Theory Reading Network
  • Language and Education Network
  • Lesson Study Network
  • Religion, Spirituality and Education Network

The REACH Network was established in 2016. It aims to bring together colleagues from the University of Exeter from a range of disciplines, including the social sciences, business, arts and humanities and the medical school, whose current research activities and interests include a focus on ageing and dementia.

The AHRC medieval liturgy network brings together historians, musicologists, literary scholars, theologians, palaeographers and art and architectural historians, to discuss the problems involved in studying the surviving evidence for occasional services.


Networks for Professions

Each Profession may have its own professional network that connects staff with similar jobs and facing similar challenges and opportunities, usually encompassing staff from across the UK. Where present these are usually facilitated within each Profession and information will be contained on the relevant Profession webpage.

The University Business Administration (UBA) Network is a formed of staff from teams right across the University of Exeter from every college and service. These staff are professional administrators who are interested in working together and learning from each other to develop themselves and their roles.

Technical Services – The University is a contributor to the national Technet forum.

The Exeter Branch of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) hold regular lunchtime seminars on a wide range of interesting topics - recent topics include "a day in the life of a wonk", the work of student sabbaticals and the results of a large transformation project at the University of Birmingham. AUA events are advertised in the Weekly Bulletin.


Other Networks

Early Career Research Networks (ECRNs) are designed to help support our Early Career Researchers in the beginning stages of their career.

The University employs a variety of social media platforms and there are many groups that you can join and to which you can contribute. 



In particular the Blogs and Facebook pages are terrific sources of information and discussion and the Twitter accounts are lively and kept up to date by many contributors.

There is an Exeter Yammer group along with Yammer specialist topic groups.

The University also supports Skype for business to help internal and external communications.

There is a University Apprenticeship Network (UAN), a network run for apprentices, by apprentices.

The University runs a series of women's networks and initiatives to support career progression.

There is an LGBTQ+ Staff Network to help create an inclusive environment for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. 

The University's Parents' and Carers' Network is committed to ensuring it is a flexible and family-friendly organisation.


Mentoring and Coaching

Don't forget our information about mentoring and coaching support.