Jargon Buster

Acronyms and Terms you may encounter while studying at Exeter.

Acronyms and Terms you may encounter while studying at Exeter.

Academic Colleges – University bodies responsible for teaching and research, grouped by academic theme

  • CLES – College of Life and Environmental Sciences
  • EMPS – College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
  • HUMS – College of Humanities
  • SSIS – College of Social Sciences and International Studies
  • UEBS – University of Exeter Business School
  • UEMS – University of Exeter Medical School

Doctoral College – The University body which supports postgraduate and early career researchers

PGT – Postgraduate Taught student, a student studying one of a number of taught masters degrees available at the University, including MA, MSc, and MRes courses

PGR – Postgraduate Research student, a student studying one of a number of research degrees available at the University, including:

  • MbyRes – Masters by Research, a Masters research degree
  • MPhil – Master of Philosophy, a Masters research degree
  • PhD – Doctor of Philosophy, a Doctoral research degree
  • EngD – Doctor of Engineering, a professional doctorate in Engineering
  • EdD – Doctor of Education, a professional doctorate in Education
  • DEdPsy – Doctor in Educational Psychology, a professional doctorate in Education
  • DClinPsy – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a professional doctorate in Psychology
  • DClinRes – Doctorate in Clinical Research, a professional doctorate in Psychology
  • DClinPrac – Doctorate in Clinical Practice, a professional doctorate in Psychology
  • MD – Doctor of Medicine, a professional medical degree
  • MS – Master of Surgery, a professional medical degree

Research Councils – public bodies responsible for funding and coordinating academic research for the arts, humanities, science and engineering

  • AHRC – Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • BBSRC – Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • EPSRC – Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • ESRC – Economic and Social Research Council
  • MRC – Medical Research Council
  • NERC – Natural Environment Research Council
  • STFC – Science and Technology Facilities Council

AcRep – Academic Representation, the processes by which students are able to have an impact on how their programmes of study are structured

ADE – Associate Dean for Education, the academic member of staff who leads the on the design and delivery of the education strategy within a College

ADR – Associate Dean for Research, the academic member of staff who leads the on the design and delivery of the research strategy within a College

AMR – Annual Monitoring Review, an annual review mechanism which allows research students and their supervisors to comment separately on the progress of the student’s research

DH1 – A large, open space located in Devonshire House on the Streatham Campus, where the Students’ Guild is based

DH2 – A social space located in Devonshire House on the Streatham Campus, comprising meeting rooms and a kitchenette

DoE – Director of Education, the academic member of staff in charge of the quality, content, and delivery of taught programmes within a discipline

DPGR / DDS – Director of Postgraduate Research / Director of Doctoral Studies, the academic member of staff in charge of the delivery of PGR programmes within a Discipline or College

DVP – Deputy Vice-President, elected volunteer students who lead specialist Councils within the Students’ Guild

G47 – A Students’ Guild space located in South Cloisters on the St Luke’s Campus, encompassing a shop and social area

HASS – Humanities Arts, and Social Sciences

HEA – Higher Education Academy, a national body which works with governments, ministries, and universities in the UK, focusing on the contribution of teaching as part of the wider student learning experience

Hubs – Also known as “Info Points” or “Info@”, first point of contact for individual academic buildings for student support services specific to disciplines based in that building

OFS – Office for Students, an independent public body which regulates English higher education providers on behalf of all students

PGRLF – Postgraduate Research Liaison Forum, forums in which research students can meet with their colleagues and address issues that are of particular concern within their departments

PRES – Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, a national survey of postgraduate research students organised by the Higher Education Academy

PTA – Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, a postgraduate research student employed by the University to facilitate the teaching of taught programmes

PTES – Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, a national survey of postgraduate taught students organised by the Higher Education Academy

PVP – Pro Vice-President, elected part-time student leaders who lead specialist Councils within the Students’ Guild

REF – Research Excellence Framework, the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions

Sabbs – Sabbatical officers, elected full-time student leaders of the Students' Guild who represent you to the University, the local community, and nationally

SID – Student Information Desk, centralised contact point for information about student support services

SSLC – Student-Staff Liaison Committee, a meeting of the Subject Council, student champions, and University staff to discuss subject feedback as a vital part of the University Quality Assurance system

STEM(M) – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (and Medicine)

Subject Chair – The lead student representative for their subject or discipline, and leader of the Subject Council

Subject Council – The Subject Council gathers views from fellow students regarding all aspects of their course, and communicates these through the discipline’s Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) meetings

Subject Reps – Members of the Subject Council

TEF – Teaching Excellence Framework, the UK’s system for assessing the quality of academic teaching in UK higher education institutions

TQA – Teaching Quality Assurance Manual, a resource for staff and students containing the processes by which the quality of learning and teaching at the University of Exeter is reviewed and maintained

VC – Vice-Chancellor, the University's CEO (Chief Executive Officer), with formal responsibilities for the leadership and management of the University


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