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Transition support and Enhanced Induction Programme

Transition support


For certain groups of students, we offer an Enhanced Induction Programme. Offer Holders will receive regular updates from us at key times in the lead up to transition, which provide signposting to useful contacts and resources to help make the process run as smoothly as possible.

More information can be found below, along with the eligibility criteria for this programme.

On line Sessions

Studying on St Luke’s Campus


Come along to an online session to find out more about studying on our St Luke's Campus. Hear from our current students as they give their top tips for studying at St Luke's.

This session will be held on Thursday 5 September from 18:00 to 19:00


Transitioning to University: Care Leaver & Estranged Student, Disabled Student, and Mature Student Peer Mentoring Schemes


Transitioning to university can be a huge step. Our Peer Mentors have been through it and are now in their 2nd-final year. Come along to this online event to find out from them about transitioning to university, including their experiences and the student-led support available to you through our peer support schemes. Exact dates and final event details tbc.  




To find out more about these online sessions please complete the expression of interest form below and further information will be sent to you nearer the time.



We will be running an on-campus event on both the Streatham & Penryn campus in the run up to you starting your studies. Hearing from staff and current students you will have the opportunity to have a greater understanding of life at university, tailored to your needs.


By attending the event you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about your department/faculty and support and opportunities available
  • Meet other students who are also starting at the university
  • Get top tips from current students about how to adjust to university life
  • Have a greater understanding of the support available to you and who to contact
  • Learn about the financial support available and get some useful money management advice.


Settle in Sessions - dates for your diary

Exeter - Wednesday 4 September 2024  - 09:30-15:45 (Streatham Campus)

Penryn - Sunday 15 September 2024 - 13:45-16:45

‌If you would like to recieve further information about the event nearer the time please complete the expression of interest form below 

If you have any questions regarding the Settle in Sessions or the wider Enhanced Induction Programme, please email:


You are eligible for this programme if:

You are a Home UG student

PLUS at least one of the following:

  • You are an Exeter Senior Scholar (through successful completion of the Exeter Scholars, Realising Opportunities or Pathways to Law programmes)
  • You are a mature student (over 21 when you start your studies)
  • You are care experienced
  • You are estranged from your parent(s)/carer(s)
  • You are a carer
  • You are an Exeter Sanctuary Scholar
  • You experience any of the following: diagnosed specific learning difficulty, autistic spectrum condition, sensory impairment, physical disability, a long term medical condition or mental health difficulty that has lasted for at least a year (or is likely to)
  • You are progressing to Exeter via the Business & Business Management Course run in partnership with Exeter College
  • You will be joining one of the University of Exeter foundation year courses

To express an interest in taking part in this programme of activities, please complete our online form and we will be in touch once booking is open.

Express your interest

ASC Transition Days



The University of Exeter AccessAbility team are offering either an on-campus or online transition day for autistic students (including students awaiting diagnostic assessment).

These events will give you an opportunity to: 

  • Find out what to expect when you arrive at the beginning of term  
  • Meet current students and find out about their experiences  
  • Discover more about the support that will be available to you at Exeter
  • Meet those who will be involved in supporting you e.g. specialist mentors and advisors  

On-campus transition event – Monday 1st July 2024 

The on-campus transition event will be held on Monday 1st July at Streatham Campus. Please be aware that limited spaces are available. These will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and we will keep a reserve list if we reach capacity so that we can notify you if spaces become available. Numbers for our online event will not be capped.  

Attendees will be invited to bring a maximum of one supporter with them if they wish to. 

Online transition event – Monday 9th September2024 

Numbers for the online event are unlimited, and we will cover a cut-down version of the same content that is included in the in-person event (see provisional agenda above). You are welcome to attend both the in-person and online event if you wish. We will send a meeting link out to attendees nearer the time to confirm timings. There will be opportunities to ask questions. 

You can find out more about these events and apply to attend these events here

Setting up your support prior to the start of your course

If you have not already done so, we strongly recommend that you fill out our Prospective Student Online Form as soon as possible to give us further information about the support adjustments you may require at Exeter. This can include accommodation needs and academic adjustments:

Prospective Student Online Form

We also recommend you apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances as soon as you can, as this can give you access to support including assistive technology and software, and regular specialist mentoring sessions. DSA can take up to 14 weeks to be agreed, so it is best to start the application process as soon as possible:

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)

If you have any questions, please get in touch with  





The Accomodation pages tell you how to book a slot for arrival and checking in to your accomodation, alongside tips and tricks in our arrivals portal

Don't forget to check out the new student guide webpages to help you navigate your first few weeks at University. 

The Students' Guild also offers some great tips to make the most of Welcome Week.

Check out the peer mentoring schemes to get a current student to mentor you, this could be based upon academic courses or similar life experiences such as being a Mature Student.


Continued support throughout your studies

Whilst our Enhanced Induction Programme has been developed to include both face to face and online activities before you arrive. We want to make sure that transition support does not only consist of set events but that it is there for you whenever you need it.

The Student Minds charity has produced this really useful transtion guide

There is a range of support for Widening Participation students including financial, academic, wellbeing and peer support.

You may also be interested in our ‘Adjusting to University Life’ booklet.

Use the links below to identify the support services and activities most useful for you and to find out how you can engage with them.

Study Zone

Study Zone provides learning resources, drop-ins and workshops on a range of study skills topics, including:

  • academic writing
  • referencing
  • time management
  • exams and revision
  • digital skills


All information about Study Zone’s services, including their online study resources and drop-ins, can be found on Study Zone Digital (current students) and on Study Zone’s website (prospective students).

Students studying on Penryn campus can also access support from ASK Academic Skills.



The Library is here to support your studies and research. Contact them anytime if you need guidance. We have Libraries on the Streatham, St.Luke's and Penryn campuses.

Pre-arrival Library Guide

Library Induction


Wellbeing Services is our umbrella term for the multiple wellbeing teams we have here at the University. We are made up of three main pathways including:

  • Psychological Therapies Pathway

  • Mental Health Pathway

  • AccessAbility Pathway

Wellbeing Services also includes the Exeter Access Centre.

Psychological therapies

Our Psychological Therapies Pathway offers confidential support for students experiencing difficulties with their mental health/wellbeing. Psychological therapies are provided by qualified practitioners who aim to help you cope more effectively with any personal and/or emotional difficulties that may arise during your time at University. 

Mental Health Support

The Mental Health Pathway team provide advice and support to students with a range of mental health difficulties. All of the team are registered mental health professionals. The role of the Mental Health Pathway is to consider support options and reasonable adjustments for students in relation to how their mental health impacts on their ability to study and manage at University. We also provide comprehensive, ongoing advice and guidance to students with mental health difficulties.

AccessAbility Support

Our AccessAbility pathway is made up of a team of disability specialists dedicated to supporting students with a disability or long-term health condition, including Specific Learning Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Conditions.

Wellbeing Workshops, Groups and Courses

Wellbeing Services offer a broad range of workshops to help support students in their time at Exeter. These are facilitated by the Psychological Therapies Pathway, who focus on issues surrounding students' wellbeing, and the AccessAbility Pathway, who focus on issues surrounding study skills and the effects of disability and long-term health conditions on study.

Our workshops have been tailored to focus on concerns that are frequently raised by students during their time at University. In this supportive space, you are offered practical tips and techniques to help you work through any problems you may be experiencing. Students often value the shared experience of a group and tell us that it helps to feel that they are not the only one struggling with something. While there is opportunity for discussion, there is no expectation for you to take part.

Care-leaver Transition to University Guide

Care-leaver Transition to University Guide

Young Carers Transition to University Guide

My Wellbeing Toolkit

Looking after your emotional health and wellbeing is an important skill both at university and in your everyday life. Building skills which enable you to be more resilient in the face of challenges is an effective way of supporting your wellbeing. We cannot avoid challenges or difficult experiences but we can learn to respond differently to these events.

Most students will experience some uncomfortable feelings whilst they are studying. This is a normal part of adapting to university life. However, developing skills which support you to better respond to challenging situations can help to minimise their impact on your wellbeing.

The My Wellbeing Toolkit provides information and techniques for students to help them think about skills which could support them to stay healthy and resilient at university. The topics covered are:

  • Identifying Your Values
  • Identifying Your Strength
  • Looking After Your Wellbeing
  • Creating Action Plans
  • Developing Connections
  • Developing Self-Compassion
  • Problem Solving Techniques
  • Changing Thought Patterns

How do I get in touch with Wellbeing Services?

Please see our make an appointment webpage for details on booking an appointment, and to see our contact information.

The Exeter Award - is designed to enhance your employability by providing official recognition and evidence of extra-curricular activities and achievements. These include engagement in work experience and voluntary work and attendance at skills sessions and training courses. Further information on how to achieve the Exeter Award can be found at

The Exeter Leaders Award - The Leaders Award recognises leadership and provides a framework to help you develop as a leader. Further information can be found at

Career Mentor Scheme - The Career Mentor Scheme is a unique opportunity for students to be matched with an experienced professional to gain one-to-one careers advice, support and guidance into their profession and sector for 6-months. The scheme is open to students of all years, UG and PG.

Access to Internships (A2I) - Access to Internships (A2I) is a scheme to help Exeter students secure a paid internship. We help you identify and approach employers of your choice to create a paid internship. We also offer generous funding towards the cost of your paid internship.

Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme (ESA) - The Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme allows current students to share their first-hand experiences of life as a University of Exeter student to a variety of different audiences, providing a positive, authentic and unscripted insight into the world of higher education. The paid work student ambassadors undertake involves both promoting the University of Exeter as an institution to prospective students and visitors; and helping to widen participation in higher education more generally by providing information, advice and guidance to young people from a diverse range of backgrounds who are under-represented.

My Career Zone – This is your portal to everything to do with your employability, from booking an appointment for career advice to searching for vacancies. Log in using your Exeter details and ask questions, view FAQs, read info sheets and find relevant websites you may be interested in. Book events and view The Exeter Award +system. You can also view all vacancies and opportunities including graduate jobs, internships, casual, part time jobs, volunteering and so on.

My Career Zone Digital – Is a new addition to My Career Zone, hosting a number of online support materials and interactive activities, including e-learning courses, industry intelligence, video interviewing software, business skills, podcasts and much more.

No one understands the student experience better than students. Peer Support matches 1st year students with current 2nd-final year undergraduates on both subject-specific and cross-Faculty peer schemes to help you settle into university life. There are a range of schemes open to students on Streatham, St Luke’s and Penryn campuses. Find out more on the Peer Support website