Exeter has a leading reputation as one of the top 10/15 Universities in the UK, but many may be surprised to know is that there is more to Exeter than its main Streatham campus. There are several other campuses, largest of which is the Penryn Campus based in Cornwall, and with an ever expanding field of subjects and growing student numbers, this campus is going to become more prominent. Cornwall in the summer is an absolute delight, with a host of touristy spots and off the beaten track gems to be discovered. (more…)
Trigger warning: Suicide
We have all heard of Movember. The charity’s work is effective and unmissable thanks to the many unique additions to men’s upper lips during the month of November. The moustaches may range from the spectacular to the embarrassing but are all in the name of raising awareness for, among other things, Men’s Mental Health. However, the charity themselves would be adamant in stressing that this is not a month-long issue, but rather something that needs to be talked about and tackled every day of the year. (more…)
By Emma Anderson, currently studying the MA Creativity: Innovation and Business Strategy programme
Being a part-time student has many perks: more time to think about your dissertation proposal, a lighter workload, and time to develop a career as you study. However, it also means you must wait impatiently for some of the most exciting modules on your course to come around. For me, the Ideas, Generation, the Creation Process, and Value Chain Models module was just that. (more…)
So this is my first post for the University of Exeter! It’s my hope to connect with some students, who, perhaps like me are older than the average student age group, or for other reasons find it a little daunting integrating into Uni life. Over forty (but not over the hill) – suddenly life seems very short, but the crazy idea to go back into studying was the best idea I had heading towards fifty! Also, I think as you mellow into your mature years you realise your options are not something that you have masses of time to mull over, and you really value this chance. (more…)
By Feilin Liu, MA Translation Studies
Most students struggle with their essay writing when stepping up to university, especially international students like myself. There are different thinking modes and writing methods in different cultures. For example, critical thinking, one of the basic and core requirements, is one that I feel I am lacking in. So how to write a high-quality essay becomes a common important problem for a large number of students. Although I’m still among this group, I’ve found some useful ways to improve my essay writing skills which Id like to share with you. (more…)
Moving to Cornwall from India has so far been a tremendous journey. On 14th of Sept 2019, I landed at the London Heathrow Airport looking forward to my journey to Cornwall on the airport pick up service organised by the University. With the luggage put into the storage compartment below I boarded the bus and picked out a window seat to enjoy the journey to Cornwall, a few minutes later, a girl asked if she could occupy the seat next to me and soon enough we got talking about the courses we are going to be studying, where we are from and of course about the weather. Little did I know on that day that this person would turn out to become one of my first and most comforting friends. I was lucky enough to meet another person too during the journey, outgoing and bubbly would be an understatement for her, we both were the only ones shivering in the late September wind and already disliking the weather.
It still seems hard to believe that I have already completed a term in college. With a masters degree, I seem to always be on my feet trying to finish one reading list after the other. Before I could even feel settled, I had to start writing assignments, finding a work placement and acclimating to the weather. Here are the few things that really helped in sailing through the term: (more…)
Mind Over Natter
The ‘Mind Over Natter’ talks are a series of lunchtime wellbeing sessions, taking place on regular Wednesdays at 12.45pm. Each session will address a different topic with a different speaker, providing advice and understanding for how students and staff can manage their own wellbeing. Please contact us if you have an idea for one of the sessions or know someone who would keen to run a talk themselves. Wellbeing counsellor, Kathy O’Connor, led the way as our first speaker.
By Emma Anderson, studying MA Creativity: Innovation and Business Strategy
Between the 12th and 14th of November the MA Creativity: Innovation and Business Strategy students set off in pursuit of an intensive networking project in Falmouth. The intensive would involve working alongside Falmouth MA students to impress the likes of Tate St Ives, Seasalt, Stranger Collective, and Fiffteen Cornwall. In just two days they had to answer their given project brief with a pitch with enough professionalism to impress their assigned business. At the prospect of bagging a potential placement opportunity in April should their work impress, the students set about collaborating on the brief in hand. This is my journal blog documenting my experience as one of the MA Creativity students. (more…)
When I tell people which MA programme I’m studying I am always challenged on my reasons for wanting to study the ancient world. I get the same old “but it is so long ago” or “Latin is a dead language, what is the point?” from many of my mates and from people I meet along the path of life. So, let’s answer this question… (more…)
What is networking? Why is it so important?
I remember the first day we started the MAIFB courses, our programme director, Professor Will Higbee, stressed the importance of networking to us. I had no idea what networking was at that time.
According to Google, networking is the exchange of information and ideas among people with a common professional or special interest, usually in an informal social setting. Well, in film business, you will often come across networking in film screenings, festivals, film markets, and after-parties as well. On these occasions, the room is always filled with cinephiles, filmmakers or people working in other areas of the industry. If you’re interested in someone’s work or knowledge, it’s the chance for you to talk to them under these circumstances. Most of them would like to have this informal talk with you or exchange the information you want. (more…)
By Feilin Liu, from China, studying MA Translation Studies
I have been a student at the University of Exeter for two months, and I’m gonna talk about my typical day here.
As a postgraduate student working on MA Translation Studies, in general, I mostly have classes on Wednesday and Thursday in the first term. Therefore, I have plenty of time to arrange myself. But if you think this means I have lots of time to hang out with my friends or even travel around, you are totally wrong. That’s because we have non-stop readings and assignments to finish. It is really busy for me as an international student studying abroad for the first time. Therefore, I’ve spent most of my time in the library (I’ll tell you how much I love the library in St Luke’s library in my next blog maybe) in my spare time. (more…)
Christmas – a season for celebration, relaxation and spending time with family and friends – can often seem incompatible with the demands of being a university student. With coursework deadlines looming and January exams to prepare for, finding solace during the Christmas period can be incredibly challenging. However, that’s not to say that it’s impossible. Finding a balance between your academic commitments and Christmas fun will only strengthen your ability to excel in the former and enjoy the latter guilt-free. (more…)
SSLCs – I’ve got a hunch that most students at Exeter wouldn’t be able to tell you what the acronym stands for, let alone what the bodies are actually responsible for. Yet, Student-Staff Liaison Committees are one of the cornerstones to ensuring that the student experience at Exeter is continuously enhanced and improved wherever necessary.
So, who are they, and what do they actually do? (more…)
One of the hardest things about the Christmas period is that whilst there are so many deadlines and January exams to study for, this is also the time of year with the most festivities. It seems impossible to get it right; on the one hand, staying in and studying means you are doing your best in your degree. However, on the other hand, knowing friends will be getting mulled wine from the Christmas market while you sit inside on a dark, cold evening is enough to make you lose interest in working completely. With seasonal changes in light affecting mental health and overworking meaning you can be at risk of burnout or anxiety, getting the balance right is vital.
Here are some tips which I’ve found helpful in keeping on the right track. (more…)