The stand out wins from our student-led campaigns since 2015.
Give Up Your Paper Cup
Give Up Your Paper Cup won campaign of the year at the 2018 Guild Awards and were shortlisted for two categories. At the time of writing, they had diverted 63,000 plastic-lined cups from landfill by encouraging staff and students to use their KeepCups. After a 3-year battle, they won funding for a specialised cup recycling scheme which you can see on campus now.
In reaction to a leak of vile racist and misogynistic Whatsapp messages from former Exeter Students, The UNMASK anti-Racism Rally was organised to highlight the wider systemic issues that caused them. It was attended by nearly 300 people with speakers, performances sharing experiences of racism on campus and within Exeter. They went on to have meetings with University Execs and have influence over policy and won student-led project of the year at the 2018 Guild Awards.
Students Support UCU
Both sides of this debate led brilliant campaigns to promote the 'Large Idea' to support the strikes including a sit-down silent protest in the forum. The Guild released a revised statement and the Sabbatical Officers supported the picket lines. They orchestrated a week-long occupation in Northcote house and a 200+ strong demonstration which Billy Bragg attended. This campaign team influenced many of the Guild's actions, principally VP Education and the President's position in University meetings and in integral votes, and have been credited with influencing and encouraging staff support for votes inside the University Council chamber as well.
National Sharia Compliant Loans Policy
Our 2017-18 President Shades worked closely with the student leader who proposed this. She raised the issue in conversation with MP Ben Bradshaw and VC Sir Steve Smith and asked DVC Tim Quine to write to the Dept. of Education to pressure and lobby for an announcement of the release date of a sharia-compliant loans scheme. She also spoke on this at NUS National Conference as Guild representative and it was passed as national policy.
Ethical Exeter have done fantastic work in shaping the University’s investment and divestment choices by producing a sustainable investment report which has kept the student voice and sustainability central to the University’s financial strategy.
Gender Neutral Bathrooms
Equality Council successfully campaigned alongside staff and to convert some bathrooms in DH1 to Gender neutral.
Student Idea wins 2018
Through Student Ideas you've upgraded water bottle refill stations and laundry rooms, got Meat-Free Mondays advertised in Guild outlets, Women's Rugby in the Ram, no more straws on campus, Virtual Reality headsets in St Lukes! The list goes on..!