Biosciences at Penryn Campus: New postgraduate students

Welcome to Biosciences Cornwall: the Centre for Ecology and Conservation

On behalf of everyone at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, welcome to the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus. As you embark on your university adventure, I would like to reassure you that all our staff and students will do their utmost to help you with the transition to university life. We are here to support you while you gain your independence! We will do our best to inspire you during your time with us, and provide you with the skills and scholarship required for your chosen career.

The University of Exeter provides a supportive and challenging environment for all its students, and although you have only just arrived, your time here will pass quickly – so please do not waste it. Engage in all the opportunities on offer and give your best at all times. In return, we will give you our best and together we will solve a wide range of biological, environmental and social problems.

We wish you all the very best during your studies and hope that you enjoy your stay here just as much as we enjoy hosting you.

Best wishes,

Professor Dave Hodgson

Head of Department and Director, Centre for Ecology and Conservation


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

The purpose of Academic Induction is to introduce you to your academic programme, complete any necessary pre-registration tasks, familiarise yourself with your academic buildings, and meet fellow students and the academic staff for your subjects. These sessions form the core part of your Freshers' Week timetable and we expect all students to be present at these compulsory sessions. If you need any advice about issues or clashes within your Freshers' Week timetable please contact

Download your induction timetable (PDF): Biosciences PGT Induction Timetable 2019

Online module selection will open between University Registration and the Thursday of Freshers' Week (timings tbc). Please note that the induction timetables are not yet finalised and may be subject to some change – we recommend that you keep checking this webpage in the run-up to Freshers' Week. The information will also be available via the iExeter app in due course.

You are formally invited to the Annual Postgraduate Welcome Dinner on Wednesday 18 September 2019, Daphne Du Maurier Building Level 3, Penryn Campus. There will be a Welcome address by Professor Dave Hosken, Dean of Strategic Development.

This will be an opportunity to meet your fellow postgraduate students, network and enjoy a welcome drink and two-course dinner with tea/coffee. Only 100 tickets are available so please ensure you book early to be part of this great event. Tickets are £10 each and can be purchased online.

Tickets must be purchased by 10 September at 12 noon.

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There are no formal reading lists but you can find suggested texts for this course in the module descriptors (see Penryn Campus: Stage 4 modules) and/or on individual module ELE pages. All recommended reading should be available through the university library.

Queries and support

The Penryn Info Point is your first port of call for the Education Support Services Team, the Welfare Team and the Student Records/Exams Team or anything else related to your academic studies.

  • Located in the Peter Lanyon Building (building 10 on the Penryn Campus map)
  • Service hours: Monday–Friday 08:45–17:00 during term-time and 09:00-17:00 out of term-time.
  • If you have any questions, worries or concerns you can get in touch with us at or on 01326 371800.

The Compass is your first port of call for non-academic support and access to Student Services.


If you are interested in joining any societies, you can look out for Eco Soc during Freshers’ Week.

Studying at Penryn

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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
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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).
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  • Be a confident communicator who enjoys producing engaging content.
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How to apply:

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

If you have any further questions, worries or concerns you can get in touch with us at or on 01326 371800.