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'Wellbeing' refers to 'feeling good' and 'functioning well' - both physically and emotionally.  Positive wellbeing enables an employee to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and the University. 

Regular physical activity has been found to reduce anxiety and depression as well as improving mood and a feeling of satisfaction with life. 

Health and fitness centres

We have state of the art fitness centres on our three main University campuses. The Russell Seal Fitness Centre provides a fantastic facility for staff on our Streatham Campus and offers a wide range of fitness classes as well as Tennis, Golf, Badminton and Cricket. The Sports Centre at St Luke's offers access to a heated indoor swimming pool and a wide range of classes including yoga and Pilates. 

If you are based on our Penryn Campus you will have access to the Fitness Centre which comprises of a gym and studio with a selection of fitness classes running throughout the day. There is also a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) which is floodlit for 5 a side football or tennis. 

Campus running routes (Penryn)

The Penryn campus has new one- and two-mile running routes and an orienteering route. There are bookable slots available on regular lunchtime runs which start from the Fitness Centre. Please wear suitable shoes, appropriate clothes and remember to bring a drink and any inhalers or other medication. All abilities are welcome. To find out more please see the FLEXSI website.

Cycle to work

The University of Exeter has joined up with P&MM, one of the largest employee benefits providers in the UK, for employees of the University to encourage people to cycle to work, which saves the employee income tax and national insurance on the cost of the cycle, and spreads the cost over 12 months. Further information on cycling to work and the cycle to work scheme can be found on our Sustainability website.

Information on the cyclescheme at the Penryn Campus can be found on the FX Plus website.

Free cycle training

Devon County Council provide free two-hour cycle confidence sessions for adults who live, work or study in Devon. Training is provided by a fully qualified National Standard Cycle Instructor. Whether getting on a bike for the first time, or tackling a particularly tricky section of a journey, the training is tailor-made.

Pool bike scheme

To help you travel sustainably to and from meetings, there are two pool bikes located at St Luke's (outside North Cloisters) which are available to use on business by all University employees. You can find out more about the pool bikes and how to use them on the cycling webpages

Cycle mileage rate

Staff who cycle on their own bicycle on the course of their work can claim a cycle mileage rate of 20p per mile. This does not include commuting. For more information, contact Expenses.

Walking routes

We know many of you already enjoy a walk around our beautiful campuses. Stuck for a route? We’re developing a series of accessible and approved walking and running routes for you to follow. Keep checking this website as they’ll be launched soon. In the meantime why not have a go at the sculpture walk


The University is committed to supporting disabled students, staff and visitors on all campuses. For information on the accessibility of buildings around the Exeter campuses please see the AccessAble website. AccessAbility also offers disability support at the University, you can find out more about their services via their website.

Community challenges

Did you know that the University allows teams one paid day in a 12 month period to undertake volunteering in the community? This is known as a Community Challenge Day. You can incorporate it into a team-building exercise as a department.


University research has shown that volunteering makes you happier. Why not give an hour of your time to support Inspiring the Future? Inspiring the Future is for anyone who would like to volunteer in a local school or FE college to help young people understand the working world. 

Fancy volunteering outdoors? There are details of other volunteering opportunities on the Sustainability website.

Staff Life

Staff Life fosters greater integration of staff with special interest groups, social events and benefits/discounts to enhance wellbeing and a greater sense of community.

Car sharing

The University offers a suite of car sharing incentives to not only save you money on your commute, but also enable you to meet friends and colleagues, and socialise on your way to and from work. Full details on the range of incentives, including free car share parking permits, is available on the car sharing webpages.


Northcott Theatre is a 460 seat venue serving Exeter and the heart of Devon from its home on the University's Streatham Campus. 

Support for Parents' and Carers'

Parents' and Carers' Network

Looking for babysitters or care services? Got any tips on good local nurseries, healthcare services or childminders? Want to give your children’s old toys or clothes to a good home? Join our Parents' and Carers' Network.

Owlets Nursery

The Owlets nursery offers childcare for children from birth to school age during school terms, half-terms and new extended opening (43 and a half weeks a year), plus an optional two and a half weeks’ Summer Playscheme.

Nurseries for Cornwall-based staff

The Woodlane Nursery in Falmouth and Penryn Day Nursery provide students and staff with high quality childcare and education for children aged 1 to 8 years.

Having a sense of control or autonomy at work is positively associated with a feeling of job satisfaction. It is important to feel trusted, supported and valued in our roles in order to maintain good health and wellbeing. The University provides a range of resources for staff to support personal wellbeing.

Complementary therapies

Complementary therapy practitioners offer reduced priced sessions to Staff Association members for treatments at the Reed Mews Centre. Find out more about the complementary therapies offered.


Exeter Campuses

The multi-faith Chaplaincy is made up of 17 chaplains as well as some assistants covering Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Bahá'í. You can find out more about the Chaplaincy and their services on the Chaplaincy webpages. 

Quiet Spaces

All staff are welcome to visit the Quiet Chaplaincy Room in the Old Library: 111/112. The Chaplaincy holds some events and activities there, but it is also for just sitting and being, and getting away from crowds

Our Muslim Prayer Rooms (male and female) are located in the Old Library, Streatham Campus and in the Holnicote Building at St Luke's. 

Penryn Campus

The Cornwall Chaplaincy works across the two campuses at Woodlane and Tremough. You can find out more information on the FXPlus website

Sculpture walk

Viewing the University’s sculpture collection, which includes works by Barbara Hepworth, is a great way to discover the Streatham Campus grounds while enjoying the sculptures. There are 24 sculptures set both in the open and in University buildings.


Confluence is an exciting public programme of site specific contemporary art across the Penryn Campus. The Confluence programme aims to reflect the flowing together of the diverse disciplines and skills represented by Falmouth University and The University of Exeter and to bring together artists, students and members of the community with an engaging range of contemporary art projects.