Transition support and Enhanced Induction Programme
For certain groups of students, we offer an Enhanced Induction Programme. This will run from March through to September with a combination of online and face to face events. 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
During the spring term, we are running several online sessions on various topics relating to your student experience such as:
- 23rd March 2023: Studying as a neurodiverse student at the University of Exeter
- 6th April 2023: Studying as a care leaver, care experienced or estranged student at the University of Exeter
- 26th April 2023: Practicing my faith while studying at the University of Exeter
- 9th May 2023: Managing your mental health while studying at the University of Exeter
Click here to book a place for any of the above sessions
In March and April we are running two online sessions specifically for mature students led by staff and current students. These session will cover student life, information regarding support services and tips on how you can prepare yourself in the lead up to starting university.
We will be running an on-campus event on both the Streatham & Penryn campus in the run up to you starting your studies. Where you will have the opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of student life. By attending you can avoid some of the first day nerves by making connections with a smaller group of new students from across the country going through the same process as you.
Uniquely, this event brings together academic skills training, wellbeing support, meeting new people, an introduction to Fresher’s week, more about your course and a comprehensive guide to all the support services on offer to you at the University all in one place and tailored to your needs.
Settle in Sessions
Exeter - Wednesday 30 August
Penryn - Sunday 17 September
Further information regarding the programme will be confirmed soon.
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 or have been living in care
- You are estranged from your family
- 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 will be joining the University of Exeter having studied a BTEC qualification only (not combined with A levels)
- 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
The University of Exeter AccessAbility team run transition events for students with an autistic spectrum condition (ASC). If you declared that you have a social communication difficulty or autistic spectrum condition via UCAS the AccessAbility team will be in touch.
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 AccessAbility@exeter.ac.uk.
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.
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. If there is anything that you can’t find on these pages, then we recommend that you
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.
Study Zone provides learning resources, drop-ins and workshops on a range of study skills topics, including:
- academic writing
- 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.
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
Wellbeing Services also includes the Exeter Access Centre.
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.
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.
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 www.exeter.ac.uk/exeteraward
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 www.exeter.ac.uk/exeterleadersaward
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.
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.