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New students guide

The new students guide includes everything you need to know about starting University, with a handy checklist of tasks to help you through your first term.

Welcome to all new postgraduates arriving in autumn 2020

New postgraduates

We're currently planning our Induction Week activities from 14 September to welcome you to the University of Exeter, so the information provided here will be changing as new details are released. We're also working within Government guidelines meaning information and activities may change as that guidance changes as well. Please ensure you check back here frequently for updates, as well as your personal email account, new University of Exeter email account, and your My Timetable for the most up-to date information from us. Please note you must have registered with the University and activated your IT account to access My Timetable.

If you have any questions about your induction or starting your studies, please contact your Hub: or on 01392 723301

Hubs are open Monday to Friday (term time) 9.00am to 5.00pm (UK time).

January starters

If you’ve received an offer to start one of our Masters programmes in January, we’ll be in touch with you later in the year with details of your induction activities and what you need to do to register with us at the University of Exeter.

Information about things you'll need to do before arriving at Exeter can be found on our New Students website.

This schedule may be subject to change – always check your personal timetable online for the latest information.

Induction module

We have created an induction module for you within ELE (Exeter Learning Environment). ELE is our virtual learning environment and enables you to access course materials and use tools such as discussion forums and learning logs to interact online. Please note you must have registered with the University and activated your IT account in order to access ELE.

Your first term officially starts on Monday 12 October. We will be providing you with online Fresher’s Week information commencing October 5, which will include a variety of social and academic sessions to help prepare you for the start of term. You can also access the University's New Students’ Guide at any time prior to that.

Induction timetable

An overview of the induction timetable can be found below but please do check ELE and your personal timetable for up to date information.


Tuesday 6 October 11.30-1:30pm MA Society and Culture (inc. pathways—e.g. MA Society and Culture: Arts, Media and Consumption) and MRes Social Research Chris Thorpe
Tuesday, 6 October 1:30-3:00pm MA Food Studies Harry West
Thursday 8 October  9.30-11.30am MA Philosophy (inc. pathways—e.g. MA Philosophy: Mind, Body and Culture) and MA Philosophy and Sociology of Science Adam Toon
Friday 9 October  9.30-10.30am MRes Applied Social Data Research Chris Playford


Library events

Online Library Induction: Online introduction to key library resources, services and facilities

Library Live Q&A event – 14 October 12.00-12.45

This ELE (Exeter Learning Environment) page is here for you to refer back to at any time for important information about the college, as well as wider services and support available to you.

ELE is our virtual learning environment and enables you to access course materials and use tools such as discussion forums and learning logs to interact online. Please note you must have registered with the University and activated your IT account in order to access ELE.

Share your experiences, support prospective students and earn while you learn

Can you commit to one hour a week chatting to prospective students on your smartphone? Do you enjoy talking/writing? If yes, apply to become a Unibuddy Ambassador for the University of Exeter.

  • Share your experiences of University life
  • Build professional skills
  • Improve your CV and increase employability prospects
  • Support students just like you
  • Earn while you learn

Unibuddy is a social platform that connects current students with prospective applicants from around the world. Through informal chats, blogs and videos, Unibuddy ambassadors offer support, guidance and information to help applicants make the right decisions about higher education.

As a Unibuddy ambassador you will:

  • Answer questions from students about study, life and your experience at university (one hour per week at the standard ESA (Exeter Student Ambassador) hourly rate).
  • Help students find the right information and contact details for particular departments/people at the University of Exeter.
  • Check your account on a daily basis and answer questions in a timely manner.
  • Keep conversations going and build up a friendly relationship with students by asking questions and being engaging.
  • Provide a real insight into the University of Exeter experiences through chats, blogs and videos (a minimum of two pieces of content per month).

To be a successful Unibuddy you will:

  • Be a confident communicator who enjoys producing engaging content.
  • Have a positive outlook on university life and study.
  • Be flexible and willing to respond to questions quickly and efficiently.
  • Adopt a mature and professional approach to conversations.

How to apply:

To apply for this role, please express your interest to look forward to hearing from you!

What if I need to study remotely in term 1?

You can apply to study remotely this term. It is a simple process which is detailed on our Coronavirus information pages. (navigate to the ‘Planning for the next academic year’ section of that website and select ‘Can I study remotely in 2020/21?’).

If you have any further questions, worries or concerns you can get in touch with us at or on 01392 723301.

Welcome to all new postgraduate students

For those of you undertaking postgraduate programmes in the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology during 2020-21, let me introduce myself and welcome you to the University of Exeter. Whether you are continuing your studies directly from an undergraduate degree, or returning to university study, the members of staff here are committed to ensuring you make the most of your time. Of course, because of safety concerns related to the pandemic, we have had to make a number of changes to the ways in which deliver our teaching. However, we have worked very hard over the past few months to make sure you receive the best possible educational opportunities.

Our postgraduate degrees are taught by some of the leading academics in their fields. As Head of the Department, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Dr Adam Toon, as Director of the Postgraduate Taught programmes, can also address any issues for PGT students, and Professor Jane Elliott is happy to help Postgraduate Research students. I look forward to meeting you.

Professor Mike Michael
Head of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology