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Sport and Health Sciences: New students

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students

A very warm welcome to Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter. Congratulations on securing your place here – we look forward to meeting you, and hope you will enjoy a rewarding and challenging academic experience as part of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Please take time to look through the induction information on this page to prepare you for the start of term.

On this page: Academic inductionYour tutors | Learning environments | Assessments and readingContacts and links

We will be updating this page regularly as new details of induction and welcome activities 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 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 the Head of Sport and Health Sciences

Meet your Head of Department, Professor Mark Wilson.

Your student experience during Covid-19

Find out about our plans to provide a safe studying and campus experience on our dedicated Coronavirus webpages.

Welcome from Professor Richard Winsley

Richard is Associate Dean for Education in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Your academic induction

During Welcome Week (14-20 September) you will have some scheduled induction meetings to get to know the department.

Please check your timetable in the iExeter app for the times and locations. 

Tuesday 15 September

09:30-10:30 Welcome to the department Online: MS Teams meeting
11:00-12:00 Meet the professor Online: MS Teams meeting
13:00-16:00 (Check iExeter for your one-hour slot) Meetings with personal tutors On campus or online via Teams
Wednesday 16 September 10:00-10:30 Introduction to online learning Online: MS Teams meeting
10:30-11:00 Study skills sessions Online: MS Teams meeting
Thursday 17 September 10:00-10:30 Lab and building induction Online: MS Teams meeting
14:00-16:00 Social event Online: Q&A/Pub Quiz

*Locations are subject to change - please check your timetable in iExeter for up-to-date locations and to access online events.

Your timetable

You can access your timetable via MyTimetable or in the iExeter app. Our How MyTimetable Works guide explains how to understand your timetable, check if your classes are online or on campus, and access your online classes.

Your tutors

Let’s introduce you to some of the key people in our department who’ll be supporting 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 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 a number of different short courses called ‘modules’. Each module is led by a named academic member of staff, but most are taught by a team of tutors who share the lectures, seminars and laboratories.

Your Module Tutors can be contacted in the same was 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 Sports Science, MSc Paediatric Exercise and Health) is led by a Programme Director, whose job it 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 who has overall responsibility for the programmes and modules in their subject area. The Director of Education in Sport and Health Sciences is Dr Daryl Wilkerson. You’ll be able to meet with him during Freshers’ Week, and most of your contact with him will probably be in his regular role as an academic member of staff teaching you on modules. If you encounter any significant difficulties with your studies, Daryl may be able to work with you to resolve these.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the undergraduate programmes. This may include helping students make choices about their studies, or meeting with individuals who are having difficulties at university. The Director of Undergraduate Studies in Sport and Health Sciences is Dr Sarah Jackman. You will meet her during Freshers’ Week, and see her regularly throughout the year.

Contacting us

You can find a complete list of all staff in Sport and Health Sciences here, including office locations and contact details.

Learning environments

Let’s take a look at the different types of learning environments you’ll experience in Sport and Health Sciences.

It’s important to realise that the teaching you’ll have on your timetable is just a fraction of the time you’ll spend learning. Our expectation is that you are (or are becoming) an independent learner, and you should expect to take on the responsibility for much of your learning while at university.

Your timetabled sessions are chances for you to benefit from the expertise of our academic staff, who are there to inspire and guide your exploration of the module content rather than closely dictate what you need to do to pass your assessments. Most of your work towards achieving the learning objectives of each module will be done during private study time, either alone or in groups, so you’ll need to develop good time management skills to succeed. This way of studying might be quite different to how you’ve learnt in the past, so you might find that it takes a short while to adapt.

Find out more about the overall teaching and learning approach on your course here, and please be aware that this information may supersede the specified teaching and learning activities within individual modules.

Whatever programme you’re on, the teaching sessions are likely to involve a mix of one or more of the following:

A presentation or talk on a particular topic, led by a module tutor, and often involving some interactive tasks or opportunities for discussion. Lectures often provide an overview of a subject and form the basis for further reading and thought in your own study time. You should also expect to complete some prior reading on the designated topic. This will help you to get the most from the session.

The majority of your lectures in 2020-21 will be replaced with multiple topic-focussed recordings and integrated tasks that you will be able to view and complete at your own pace. The specific nature of these may vary slightly from module to module, with full details given on the individual ELE pages.

Classroom-based sessions that focus on a particular topic or piece of assigned work, and where students interact with each other and the tutor as they work through tasks. Many seminars in our department will require you to complete preparatory work beforehand, sometimes in groups. You are also likely to be asked to make significant contributions to the sessions, either via discussion or presentations. Seminars usually have no more than 40 students in attendance.

These sessions are an opportunity to get hands-on experience with equipment. You will be taught to carry out experiments and how to analyse the data that you have collected. These are complementary to the lecture sessions to give you a chance to see things in practice. Laboratory classes usually have no more than 30 students in attendance.

On some of our programmes you’ll have one-to-one or small group tutorials where a tutor supports your learning on a specific topic. For example, if you take a dissertation module you’ll have tutorials with your supervisor as you plan and write up your research.

Assessments and reading

Types of assessments you may be set include:

Laboratory reports

These could be a partial (for example just an abstract) or full (Introduction, methods, results, discussion) write-up of a laboratory experiment that you have conducted or observed in a teaching session.

Presentations (group or individual)

You will be asked to present on a topic/experiment and then answer questions which are posed to explore your knowledge and understanding.


These can be in a variety of formats including multiple choice questions, short answer questions and longer essay style questions.

Contacts and links

Info at St Luke's: Support with your studies in Sport and Health Sciences

If you have any questions, worries or concerns you can get in touch with us at or on 01392 724837.

Access and wellbeing support

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.

Student services


If you are interested in joining any societies, you can look out for the Sport and Health Sciences Society during Freshers’ Week.

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.

» New students guide

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