I have loved my university experience, I'm really sad it will be ending next year. There has been some ups and downs but overall I've felt well supported and really enjoyed the degree. I've had the chance to get involved with lots of different activities through societies and my year abroad was the best thing I've ever done, the most incredible experience!
We have a good careers zone that does career meetings and CV checks and they'll read through applications for you. They get booked up very quickly though. They have lots of jobs fairs and also run the career mentor scheme where they match you with an alumnus in a sector you're interested in. They run the Green Consultants scheme which is really good.
My favourite thing is the range of learning methods used, it helps to ensure that all content is taught in the most appropriate way and keeps things interesting. I don't like how tight some of the word counts are, I understand that writing concisely is important but 500 word essays are excessive.
I don't like it. I don't understand how the Guild represents me, most of the interactions I have with them are bureaucratic and slow.
The library is great and some of the lecture facilities are good. I would like there to be more space with plug sockets to work on campus and cheaper food outlets with a larger focus on sustainability and zero waste. The on campus pub is expensive.
Yes, university halls of residence are mostly on campus so in a good location although some are further from local amenities but all are walking distance.
There's a huge number of societies to join in with and I've loved being able to try new things through them. They help you to meet new people with varied interests and my best friends have all come from different societies I've joined. Having student committees also helps to ensure the society is driven by needs of members and gives the opportunity to take on leadership roles in societies you love. It is annoying though that in the Athletic Union some sports receive a lot more support and funding than others.
I haven't need much personal support but I have friends who've used them and say they're good. There's a health centre on campus which is really useful. Some of my lecturers are great and are always happy to help in their office hours, my dissertation tutor has been really good. But my personal tutor isn't great, he doesn't seem to care about undergrads and didn't realise I'd gone on a year abroad! Other people have better personal tutors though.
The uni is incredibly unwelcoming of disabled students. I am visibly disabled and students will avoid talking to me and make comments in class about how disabled people don't deserve to live. People will talk to my carer as if I'm not there. Racism is really common and not enough is done to challenge it.
well-advertised careers service. we are encouraged to think about careers
Most: lectures every week Least: most modules don't have seminars
Poor for disabled students. I have never felt so unseen or unwelcome
Poor for disabled students. I need an adult-sized changing table and hoist to safely use the toilet. The one public toilet with a hoist on campus has a massage bed instead of a changing table - it isn't secured to the wall and is too narrow making it dangerous to use. The only alternative is lying on the bathroom floor.
Yes, lots on campus and only a short walk into the centre of town
Very poor if you use a wheelchair. There is no disability sports provision, and most societies meet on the first floor of pubs with no lifts. The student guild doesn't seem to care about disabled students as all my complaints have been ignored
Academic is pretty good, personal is not.
I've really enjoyed Exeter University, my course has been interesting and the societies are fantastic. I've made plenty of new friends and have settled in happily.
There are many initiatives available to students to boost employability, ranging from workshops to drop in sessions, to well paid jobs and partnerships with external firms. It requires student initiative to get involved, as it should.
My course is split into lectures and seminars - usually the seminars are interesting, useful and engaging, but the lectures can be somewhat hit or miss. Some of my lecturers are fantastic and really bring life to the subject, others are almost impressively poor at lecturing and are clearly professors for research because no one could ever employ them based on their teaching ability.
Just fine, I don't have any issues with it but I also haven't seen anything particularly exemplary.
Really quite good overall - it would be fabulous if there were an indoor pool on the main Streatham Campus as well as an indoor athletics training area, but otherwise the facilities are good.
Exeter is a small city, which is ideal because it means everything is really close, so I would definitely say that the uni is in a good location relative to accommodation and local amenities.
Excellent variety, honestly very impressive, I have been exposed to so many hobbies I wouldn't have otherwise. A great example is capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that is just such great fun!
Everything you need is available, the uni does a good job of making sure resources are accessible and that everyone knows about them
It has been quite tumultuous - lots of hard work in relation to the course due to it being a joint honours, feeling homesick and ultimately wishing I was in the main Exeter Streatham campus rather than down at the Penryn campus.
It is okay, but could be better.
It is quite good content wise, but could be much better. Ultimately, the course would be better being delivered from Exeter itself.
Nice and clean.
The university is not in a good location. Unfortunately you have to walk to it everyday, and it is quite an effort.
Not the best.
Overall university has been a really positive experience. I've been able to get a lot from my course, and over my time at university I've really found you get out what you put in. I have been able to gain experience with internships in 2 summers here, and earned money to do them. The careers service is outstanding. The workload can be heavy at times, but there is support available when times are tough.
Excellent Careerzone! Cannot reccomend enough, particulary for STEM students. CV and application advice services, as well as a whole range of events for careers throughout the year.
Lecturers are generally very responsive to feedback, and regularly ask for it.
Good. They include the students in surveys to govern the stance they take on issues, such as NUS and UCU strikes. Decent facilities, but there needs to be modernisation and more places bookable for societies. There is a constant fight for societies to get a room.
Good. Many modern buildings.
Yes, Exeter is a small city so I am located only 15 minutes from campus.
Lots! Many music societies suitable for all abilities.
Very supportive. I recieved mitagation when going through a stressful time and am very aware of the services available for personal support if necessary. Academic help is always available as the department offers a maths help session every week, and all lecturers have office hours.
Overall so far I felt the uni was very welcoming and had helped everyone settle in well. They seem to really care about all the students. The freshers events weren’t great, so just beware of that. I don’t recommend buying the bundle of tickets before you go. I think that honestly the events put on by the uni generally aren’t great (that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time, because you can make it a good time with the people you are with). My experience academically so far is a lot of group work (on my course anyway). The lecturers are really lovely and very approachable. Because the Penryn campus is quite small it means that you get a lot more of a personable experience and you really get to know your cohort which is lovely. There are a slight lack of social spaces on campus however in Falmouth there are lots of places to chill and go out to. I’d say there isn’t too much of a nightlife at the campus, everyone seems quite chill but there are places you can go out out in Falmouth if you want to. Lots of societies to get involved in and they put on some great socials. I’d highly recommend the Penryn campus to those who want a more chilled and personable experience at university!
As soon as you arrive they basically drill careers into you. There is a lot of focus on careers and employability. They offer the exeter award for example and they also run lots of workshops. They also can provide you with a lot of advice. Personally for my course (Bsc business) they have their own dedicated careers team in the business school to help us and we have placements in all our years to help with employability.
The lecturers here are really lovely and run quite interactive modules because we have about 55 people in our cohort (because the Penryn campus is smaller). They get to know you so it feels quite personable. The fault is more to do with the ELE learning portal because that has experienced lots of problems with being down and so has the IExeter app so I think that has been the worst part.
The student union representation works well and they listen to feedback given. The stannary bar is quite big and a nice place to go. Events run however tend to be quite small and lack people going to them because a night out in Falmouth tends to be better and cheaper! They do host events in the week such as open mic nights etc. There are also little cafes/bars in the stannary which are nice to go to
As the Penryn campus is fairly new, the facilities are largely very modern and are in a really good condition. There is a campus shop, a coffee place that serves pizza called Koofi, the stannary bar (and other outlets in there). There are lots of green spaces with benches for summer time.
The campus I’m studying on is in Penryn so it’s quite far to travel down to! The main accomodation is on campus so it’s easy to get to. The next biggest accomodation is about 15 minutes walk away (although it is up/ down a hill depending on whether you are on your way there or back). And there is one in Falmouth so you can walk to the train station (15 minutes) and get a train. Or alternatively there are always buses regularly running to them! Going to Falmouth and truro is quite easy on the trains or buses. There is a campus shop as well and a big 24 hr ASDA about a 20 minute walk away from campus
I feel there is a good selection of sports and societies available to students. As we live near the sea in Penryn it means we have exciting societies such as sailing, kayaking etc that you wouldn’t normally get on a inland uni
My course provides us with a academic tutor who can help us with academic issues. Also we have student reps who can take our feedback straight back to the business school and help implement any feedback we give. The uni also has a wellbeing team which I haven’t personally used but I hear good things about them although it is a very small team of people.
Very good ! Things are well organised and there are good systems to keep students updated on changes to the degree. The University has some world class facilities like the forum. There is a good balance of social and study areas. The campus is exceptionally well kept and somewhere you feel proud to be on.
The email updates are good but the advice of career advisors to “ask your parents” and other “connections” with regards to work experience is certainly outdated for students from non-traditional backgrounds. This has been a comment from the Law careers department - greater research needs to be put in to help guide students to a range of work experience options. Often the very formal and competitive work experiences are advertised e.g. mini pupillage's and vacation schemes. However, there are plenty of more informal opportunities which the uni could advertise students apply for.
There is no model answer given which I understand but it still feels like it’s guess work with trying to work out how essays should look. Best thing - enthusiastic staff about their subjects
The facilities are well kept and enjoyable to be in
Very clean, easy to study in
The University is accessible to most students. However, it is quite far from town if you live on campus. The uni could consider opening a small pharmacy section e.g. for students to pick up essentials and some healthcare when they live on campus which can be a half an hour walk if you live in Birks
There is a truly great variety and enthusiasm. The societies are generally well run. Some are quite expensive and potentially the uni could require paid non- sport societies to have a closer break-down what you get with the membership compared to being free. This can be an issue with the Law ones in which most eve nets are open to anyone
Wellbeing does have issues with fitting students in and gets booked very quickly. More emergency slots are needed for those dealing with unexpected trauma or incidents.
It’s a great university. The classics department is amazing and very welcoming. I couldn’t ask for a better department with more supportive staff who really care.
Overall experience is good. I hope I have a better experience in the next 4 years. I have made few good friends from back home and am hoping to meet them when I am back. The societies are an amazing way to mingle with friends and have good chat.
Provision of the Exeter Award is a good place to start with. The career zone has many opportunities which has given a boost to me.
The thing I like the most is the way the professor's teach and the least favorable thing is that we have no help for which books or authors do we refer to regarding the coursework.
Students Union is very god and cooperative with whatever suggestions we have for them.
Societies are of wide range which is amazing, but removal of unnecessary societies will lead to more involvement of students in other societies which will help them work better.
Support provided is really good. In terms of medical needs, to what I have heard and experienced the going to a GP when you are sick is of no use because no matter what everyone has to wait in a queue to be checked.
My overall university experience so far has been better than expected. First year, I should have got more involved in societies than I did because I had so much free time and looking back at it now, in third year where I am heavily involved in the running of two societies, it is my biggest regret from first year.
lots of employability events and a good career zone that helps out with advice
not enough time in the lab
it's ok, good facilities I think but not very well organised or professionally run
yes, everything is walking distance
very, always feel like I have someone I can talk to