Geography at Penryn Campus: New students

Welcome to Geography at the Penryn Campus, Cornwall

A warm welcome to the University of Exeter, and congratulations on securing a place in Geography, Environmental Science, or Human Sciences here in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. I look forward to meeting you in September and hope that you will have a very rewarding, stimulating and productive experience as an undergraduate student here.

On this page you will find some key information to read before your arrival at University. Please can I encourage you to take the time to consider this content thoroughly – it really will help you through your first few weeks as an undergraduate and may answer some of the questions you have now that you know you have a place on your course.

The information includes the dates and times of your introductory meetings in the Centre for Geography and Environmental Science (CGES). Please note that these meetings are vitally important and you should ensure that you attend. Also available are some pages that you should read before you arrive. If you have any questions about the contents you should discuss them with your personal tutor when you arrive. You will be informed who this is when you arrive.

I look forward to welcoming you to the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in person in September but if, in the meantime, you have any questions about the information on this page, or other queries about your arrival on campus, please do not hesitate to contact the CGES Office at or 01326 253786.

Professor James Scourse

Head of Department 


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

You will have introductory talks which will include information on module choices, and there will also be a treasure hunt taking place.

You will have a lecture on the tutorial programme in week 1 of your course, and have the opportunity to meet your Personal Tutor in week 2. Please note Personal Tutors will make contact with you directly.

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.

Induction timetable


Induction session

Monday 16 September


Daphne du Maurier Building Lecture theatre A/B

(Building 3 on the Penryn Campus map)

Education and Student Services Talk

Tuesday 17 September


Peter Lanyon Building Lecture 5

(Building 10 on the Penryn Campus map)

Geography Employability Presentation

Thursday 19 September


Daphne du Maurier Building Lecture theatre A

Welcome Talk

Daphne du Maurier Building

Environmental Science: Seminar room L

Geography: Lecture theatre A

Human Science: Seminar room K

Welcome Talks

Friday 20 September

Daphne du Maurier Building CLES lab

Lab Induction
13:30-16:30 TBC Beach Activities

Download a detailed timetable: ‌Geography Penryn Induction Timetable 2019 (PDF)

You will receive information about module selection as part of your induction. Online module selection will open between university registration and the Thursday of Freshers' Week (exact date TBC).

There are no formal reading lists but you can find suggested texts for this course in the module descriptors (see Penryn Campus: Stage 1 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 Geog Soc during Freshers’ Week.

Key Geography staff

Studying at Penryn

The following links may also be useful:

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