Sport and Health Sciences: New students
A very warm welcome to Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter. Congratulations on securing your place! We look forward to meeting you, and hope you will enjoy a rewarding student experience as part of Sport and Health Sciences. We hope you will join us in creating a sustainable, healthy and socially just future, to make a difference to our people, our communities, our partners, and the world around us.
Please take time to look through the induction information on this page to prepare you for the start of term.
We will be updating this page regularly as new details of induction and welcome activities are released. 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 need to register with the University and activate your IT account to access My Timetable.) If you have any questions about your induction or starting your studies, please contact your Info Point using the details on this page.
Welcome from Mark Wilson, Head of Public Health and Sport Sciences
Meet your Head of Department, Professor Mark Wilson.
This online induction course for Sport and Health Sciences students is all about helping you to feel confident and happy during your first couple of weeks and will provide further detailed information about studying with us. The course is hosted by FutureLearn and is set up across three weeks – however you can view each section at your own pace.
Your Welcome Week runs from Monday 19 September – Sunday 25 September 2022. Below is a timetable of your first week but please note that event times and locations are subject to change. Please check your timetable in iExeter for the full details of your induction week.
If on arrival in Exeter, you are still unsure, please ask at the St Luke’s Information Point (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01392 724837).
|Monday 19 September||Bank holiday|
Tuesday 20 September
|12:00-13:00||Induction talk||12 North Cloisters|
|13:00-14:30*||Meet your tutor||Check your timetable for location|
|15:30-16:30||Prof talk||12 North Cloisters|
|Wednesday 21 September
||12:00-14:00||Study skills**||12 North Cloisters|
|14:30-16:30||Study skills**||12 North Cloisters|
|Thursday 22 September||10:00-17:00||Freshers Fair||St Luke's Campus|
|12:30-14:30||Human Biosciences Induction
(BSc Human Biosciences students only)
Amory C501 (Streatham)
|Friday 23 September||10:00-17:00||Experience day||Meet on St Luke's Quad|
*Check your timetable for a specific timeslot within these two hours to meet your tutor.
**You will only need to attend one of these sessions. Check your timetable for what session to attend. If both are on there – you can pick for yourself!
BSc Human Biosciences students
BSc Human Biosciences students should attend the Sport and Health Sciences Welcome and induction talks rather than the Biosciences induction talks. Please do check your timetable in iExeter for any additional sessions with Biosciences. You will need to make yourself familiar with your Biosciences reading lists and any specialised clothing that you may need to purchase - see the Biosciences new students page.
BSc Nutrition students
Nutrition students will also get the chance to meet your programme directors. Please look out for this in your timetable in iExeter.
BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science students
Please attend the Psychology welcome talks and not the Sport and Health Sciences induction.
You must register with the university at the start of each academic year. By registering, you agree to observe the University’s rules and regulations, including the payment of tuition fees and other charges by the deadlines. Most students will be asked to register online.
The registration webpage can be found here.
To register, you need to:
- Activate your IT account.
- Use your IT details to log in to iExeter.
- Follow the ‘Registration’ link.
If you have any problems registering online or your course details are not correct, please contact the Student Information Desk on 01392 724724 or submit a SID enquiry.
Let’s introduce you to some of the key roles in our department who will support you through your programme of study. Most of our academic members of staff (or ‘faculty’ as they are sometimes called) split their time between teaching and research, with some also taking on additional roles.
As soon as you arrive, you’ll be allocated a Personal Tutor who’ll be your first point of contact. You can contact them if you have any queries or concerns about your overall progress and wellbeing. Across the university you may also see these referred to as ‘Academic Tutors’ or ‘Academic Personal Tutors’, but it’s all the same role.
You’ll be invited to attend regular meetings with them throughout the academic year, and it’s important that you keep in touch, even if it is just to confirm that all is well. You can also contact your Personal Tutor at any time to arrange a meeting.
The relationship you build up with your tutor is an important one, not least because they will sometimes be the person who writes references for you when you start applying for jobs or other positions such as internships.
This short video outlines some of the benefits of our tutoring system:
Your degree is made up of several different short courses called ‘modules’. Each module is led by a named academic staff member. Still, most are taught by a team of tutors who share the lectures, seminars and laboratories.
Your Module Tutors can be contacted in the same way as you would contact your Personal Tutor to seek help and advice. Your Module Tutors will let you know how to contact them to arrange a meeting, with this information also displayed on the module’s ELE page*.
*ELE is the Exeter Learning Environment, and each module has a dedicated page. On here you will find the information and materials you need to complete the module.
Each programme (e.g. BSc Exercise and Sport Science, MSc Paediatric Exercise and Health) is led by a Programme Director, whose job is to oversee the running of the programme and to liaise with all of the Module Tutors to ensure that you make good progress. You might need to contact them with any programme-level concerns, and they may also be able to advise you on your module choices.
Each department has a Director of Education and Student Experience who is responsible for the programmes and modules in their subject area. You’ll be able to meet with the Director of Education and Student Experience during Welcome Week. If you encounter any significant difficulties with your studies, they may be able to work with you to resolve these.
The Director of Undergraduate Studies oversees the day-to-day running of the undergraduate courses. This may include helping students make choices about their studies, or meeting with individuals facing difficulties at university. You will meet them during Welcome Week, and see them regularly throughout the year.
University of Exeter Students' Guild is the students’ union here at Exeter. They exist to make your university experience as amazing as possible. They are led by you and all other Exeter students, with Full-Time Officers representing your interests. As students of Exeter, you are the Students’ Guild, so everything they do is for you.
Joining one (or a few!) of the amazing student-led societies is the perfect way to meet other students, find people with similar interests and even try something completely new. With over 300, there really is something for everyone! You can see more about societies here.
Student representation and democracy are also key for the Students’ Guild. They are the essence of their work; allowing them to ensure your views and interests are completely central to both the Guild’s and the University’s decision-making. Their voice team exists to support every student, you don’t need to be a committee member or a student rep to use your voice to make a difference – get in touch and let them help you make the changes you want to see! Find out more and meet the voice team.
The calendar is always full of various opportunities. Whether you have an interest in sport, theatre, or anything in between, there are bound to be some activities that will grab your undivided attention. They are a great way to meet new people with similar interests and they are a great opportunity to feel part of our community. Check out the Guild’s events here or see all University events on your iExeter.
Sport is an important part of the student experience, and we believe sport and wellness should be embedded in student life. We’re a top sports university in the South of England and Wales, and we are top 5 in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings each year.
Our sports societies and fitness classes offer something for everyone, from yoga and meditation to ultimate frisbee and breakdancing. From performance programmes for elite athletes to sports leagues for those who want to play casually, there’s something for everyone in Exeter.
Take a tour of our sport facilities here.
British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for student sport in the UK. They facilitate and deliver all cross-university competition, as well as national events, campaigns, and further opportunities to promote physical activity within student sport settings.
The University of Exeter offers one of the largest programmes in the UK for competitive university sport, with over 110 teams registered competing weekly in leagues with several of our clubs competing in annual events. Our clubs offer either weekly or yearly competitive competitions to test and further develop your skills.
Find out more about our competitive sports
Join over 4,000 University of Exeter students playing weekly in our Social Sport Leagues (SSLs). Our SSLs are open to all University of Exeter students, staff and alumni, with teams usually entered representing halls, academic subjects, sports clubs, societies or groups of friends. There are plenty of sports to choose from playing on various days of the week outside academic timetable.
Find out more about our in-house social sports leagues here.
We are proud to include a variety of ways in which students can be active whilst studying, one of these is Pitch Up and Play!
If you're not keen to join a sports club, or commit to playing in our Social Sport Leagues, then Pitch Up and Play could be just for you.
We will run a timetable through all three terms full of activity that you can just turn up to. It's free, weekly and has no commitment requirements. You just turn up when you want!
We look forward to meeting you soon!
You can find a complete list of all staff in Sport and Health Sciences here, including office locations and contact details.
Info at St Luke's: Support with your studies in Sport and Health Sciences
The University’s Wellbeing and Welfare services are here to help our students get the most out of their time at university. Health and wellbeing are crucial ingredients of effective study as well as a rich and fulfilling student experience. For students with disabilities, specific learning difficulties and long-term health conditions, we understand that you may need support to manage your health and wellbeing, as well as your studies, whilst you are at university.
If you have declared a disability on your application form pre-arrival or on a medical form, we would advise you to contact AccessAbility and Wellbeing services by logging an enquiry through the SID helpdesk. They will ensure that you get the additional study support you require e.g. extra time in exams, specific software etc.
You can find recommended reading for your modules in the module descriptors here. All recommended reading is available through the university library.
The Buddy Up scheme is designed to help you settle into University life more quickly by networking with and learning from a year 2+ student in the same course.
You will be matched with a Buddy who can answer any questions you have and help you meet new people and feel confident in your first year.
- Full name
- University email address (if you have it)
- Student number (if you have it)