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Our stories

Our staff come from a diverse range of backgrounds and bring with them a wealth of different life experiences.  Their inspiring stories about their career and work-life balance are open and honest and give a real insight into their work and challenges at various career stages.

From student to academic

"I have met truly supportive people here. I could not think of being anywhere else."  - Dr Dominic Wiredu Boakye

Developing our professional staff

"The University has been highly supportive of my continuing professional development." - Jo Shuttleworth

A second career after 'retirement'

"At Exeter I have been allowed to blossom, my 35 years of experience is put to good use."  - Dr Bharat Pankhania

Returning after a career break

"Working at the Medical School has offered me many opportunities to develop my personal and professional skills." - Dr Vrinda Nayak

Widening Participation

"Exeter University is a stimulating and supportive environment that has helped me develop and professionally stretch myself." - Professor Ian Fussell


"My first year at Exeter was amazing but also very challenging.  Fortunately, I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor." - Liliana Rodrigues

Work-Life balance

"I work less than full time, in order to accommodate my responsibilities at work and home, and in general have found this a very positive experience." - Professor Karen Mattick

Support for ECRs

"I am judged on my outputs, not on office attendance, so I can sometimes work from home or incorporate some flexibility into my working." - Dr Tristan Snowsill