Transition support and enhanced induction programme
For some groups of students we offer an enhanced induction programme which is split into three stages; support in the run up to starting university, activities during Freshers’ Week and skills development into term 1 of your studies. Whilst we encourage students to take part in all three stages what is important to note about our activities is that if you miss one you can still attend the others. More information can be found below along with the eligibility criteria for this programme.
Virtual pre-arrival sessions
We will be running a series of online sessions in the run up to Freshers' Week which will provide you with an early introduction on what to expect when starting university. These will run from late August through to Freshers week.
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.
On the Wednesday 18th August, AccessAbility will be offering an online event specifically for students with ASC. It will include:
- An overview of the AccessAbility Team and a Q&A session with an AccessAbility Advisor and a Specialist Mentor for Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
- A brief introduction to the Personal Tutor role and Q&A session with a Tutor.
- A Q&A session with some current students with ASC – we will invite attendees to submit questions in advance, should they wish to, and this allows the opportunity to remain anonymous.
For more information, please visit the Support for Students with Autism Spectrum Conditions web page.
Whether you are able to attend the pre arrival sessions or not, We are planning on running a campus event on the Penryn, St Luke's and Streatham campus during Freshers Week. This will be an opportunity to find a friendly face and meet people from a range of different backgrounds.
Reconnect - November
Once Freshers’ Week has passed and teaching has commenced you are invited to attend the third event of the Enhanced Induction Programme: Reconnect. This event will provide you with:
- An update from Support Services
- A question and answer panel
- An opportunity to reconnect with staff and students that you met pre arrival and during Freshers’ Week or for those of you joining the programme at this point it will be a chance to make new contacts.
To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may be eligible for this programme if:
- You are a Home/EU UG student
- You are an Exeter Senior Scholar
- 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 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
Continued support throughout your studies
Ensuring that all students can access support and are equipped to get the most out of the University of Exeter student experience is a priority across all of our campuses. Whilst our enhanced induction programme has been developed the include face to face activities, 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 contact SID.
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.
Offers 1:1 and group appointments, and workshops covering a range of study skills including academic writing, reading and note making skills, referencing, proofreading, revision and exam strategies, and presentations. If you prefer not to make a booking, you can drop in to a Writing Café where an Academic Skills Adviser can offer advice and support while you work. Study Zone also provides a suite of online study resources.
Study Zone workshops are available to all taught students throughout the year covering a range of study skills, including:
- reading strategies
- academic writing
- revision and exam strategies
- integrating literature into your writing
- time management
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. Our pathway is made up of two teams: our Counselling team and our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy team.
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.