Vice-President Activities

Rosie McDonagh


Hi I'm Rosie, I’m a third year studying History and Ancient History and I am running to be your next VP Activities! Being President of both Irish and YMCA Society means I have loads of experience with the Guild and A and V, so I know what’s great and what needs improving. I am also a Student Ambassador, and with all these things I get involved with, I have to be pretty organised.

My promises are as easy to remember as my name - R O S I E -

Refreshers and Freshers
Online Resources
Exeter Charities

Refreshers and Freshers

  • Encourage societies to put on events and taster sessions after January exams. It will give us some well needed stress relief and encourage a second round of society sign-ups.
  • Advertise societies and society events on the Guild website and TVs and make a real buzz around campus like there is in Freshers’ Week.
  • Include a ‘Spot-light On…’ on the website so societies can show-case their work at both Freshers Refreshers.
  • Include half-year sign-ups as an option at Freshers fair and during Refreshers week to make societies more accessible, especially for exchange students.

Online Resources- Make the Guild Website more accessible

  • Help students to make a change through greater transparency about ‘Guild Ideas’ and what the Sabbatical Officers do.
  • Make it easier for committees to plan events by collecting all the resources onto one page in a clear and accessible way.
  • Use flow charts to help societies set up events and budgets and send emails.
  • Centralise the Room booking and Forum table booking systems onto one web page and minimise the bureaucracy in the process.
  • Create an online accessible calendar with society events listed.
  • Introduce society hashtags so societies can be found easily by students with similar interests. For example, search #food and Bake Society will appear.


  • Improve committee training for new committees, including step by step guides on how to create events, budgets and risk assessments.
  • Set up an advice clinic for new and small societies so no committee feels overwhelmed by their responsibilities.
  • Create a start-up fund for new societies from the dormant society fund. Societies can apply for this to give them a boost for Freshers’ Week.
  • Explore options for new society spaces for committee meetings and secure storage. Use an application process for societies to make a case for the space based on their specific needs.
  •  “You are more than just a degree” -  Create a way to log volunteering hours, newspaper articles written, musicals, plays or choirs involved in or any other society commitments. Reward students for their dedication to extra-curricular participation.

Inclusivity- St Luke’s, International Students, Post-Grads.

  • Encourage society events to be spread between the two campuses, so they are accessible for both Streatham and St. Luke’s students.
  • Arrange for Activities and Volunteering to be at St Luke’s more regularly throughout the week, so managing societies becomes easier.
  • Introduce Meal Deals at St Luke’s so there is a broader variety of lunch options.
  • Work with International Students Council to promote a variety of different societies to international students.
  • Encourage societies to advertise in the INTO Building to widen the audience for societies and events.
  • Encourage societies to include Post-Grad Reps in committees so societies aren’t just aimed at Undergrads.

Exeter Charities

  • Create 1st year Charity Reps to run charity events in Halls to encourage generous giving whether you are involved in a charity society or not. The money will go to democratically elected charities.
  • Set up more Charity Fete Days in the Forum where local charities can show-case what they do. This will encourage students to get involved with more local initiatives and allow them to raise money.
  • Start up ‘What’s a Pound?’ An initiative that works to encourage students to donate £1 to the price of formal tickets or membership fees, which will go to a charity of the society’s choice.

If you want to see all this in Exeter #GoForRo!

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