Coronavirus

Coronavirus

For up-to-date information please visit the University’s Information page:University Coronavirus Information

If you have any student feedback, please submit it by following the link below Give your feedback PGR Feedback


If you need any academic advice or support, please contact our Advice Service on advice@exeterguild.com or click here

Guild Updates

  • VP Welfare: Coronavirus Statement 24 March 2020

    As the coronavirus situation continues to develop, we wanted to provide you with an update on where we are, and how we’re supporting you through this difficult time.

    We are continuing to assess the situation regularly, and will continue to adapt accordingly. Additionally, we are in constant contact with the University to communicate your feedback and to represent your interests.

    We have now closed all of our trading outlets, and our staff our now working remotely. All meetings, including for representation and Advice appointments, are now being held online.

    If you haven’t already, we recommend you take a look through our coronavirus webpage, which includes our latest statements, key resources and some FAQ’s. You can also give your feedback, which can be anything from how your studies have been affected, accommodation issues or anything else related to the coronavirus. We use your feedback to ensure student concerns are heard at the highest level within the University and fight to make sure your voice is heard, including on the Uni providing more student wellbeing information and raising your concerns about accommodation charges.

    Sunday Blake, VP Postgraduate, has written her latest update, which we hope will reassure you of some of the amazing work which the Full-Time Officers are doing for each and every student at Exeter.

    If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at coronavirus@exeterguild.com or via our feedback form. The University have published a series of coronavirus FAQ's which may have the answer to your question. We strongly encourage you to read your regular emails from the University as they are filled with really important information.

    We’re continuing to get used to what is our new normal, but we’re looking forward to beginning to share some more normal Guild activities later in the week!

  • Guild President: Coronavirus Statement 20 March 2020

    I’d like to give you a bit of an update on where we are after what has been a week like no other I’ve had as your Guild President.

    As your Students’ Guild, we’re still adjusting to the situation we find ourselves in. The vast majority of our staff are now working remotely, however I can assure you that we’re all working hard to ensure that we’re still providing services to you and are representing you effectively. We’re more than just a building, and although we’re going to miss our home in Devonshire House, we’re working on our plans to get used to our new normal.

    Stay up to date with what we’re doing during the coronavirus situation on our coronavirus webpage, which also contains some useful FAQ’s.

    We’re committed to representing you

    Over the last week, it’s been amazing to see so many of you engaging with myself and the rest of the Full-Time Officer Team. We’re going to continue raising any concerns and questions you have with University Senior Management, so please, keep getting in touch with us – you elected us to represent you!

    If you want to raise any concerns, you can do so by:

    Completing our feedback form
    Speaking to your Academic Rep
    Getting in touch with myself, Liv, Penny, Sunday or Katie

    If you are thinking about creating an open letter or any other way of appealing to Senior Management, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have regular direct contact, so we can support you and do our best to make sure your voice is heard at the highest level.

    Our trading outlets

    Throughout this week, Comida, Guild Shop and the Print Room (online orders only) have remained open. For next week:

    - Comida will now be closed until further notice.
    - Guild Shop will be open from 10:00-16:00, Mon-Fri
    - Print Room will be open for online orders only, collection from the Guild Shop

    We’ll continue to update you on when our commercial outlets are likely to open again.

    I hope you can try to enjoy your weekend as much as possible! Take a look at some amazing advice from Katie, your VP Welfare & Diversity, about social distancing, including some top playlist recommendations!

  • Guild Officers: Coronavirus Statement 17 March 2020

    Following guidance from the Government, WHO and the University, we have made a number of decisions to protect our students and staff. We are encouraging Guild staff to work from home; this means that staff will not be accessible in person. All staff and officers will still be available digitally both via email and video conferencing, and we encourage you to contact them should you need to – you can find contact information in each department’s section of our website

    Our Reception in DH1 will be open this Wednesday and Thursday 10:00-14:00 if you have any enquiries. 

    We are closing a number of our outlets; as of 17 March, the Ram, Grove Diner, Lemon Grove and Italiano have been closed until further notice. Currently the Guild Shop (09:00-17:00), Comida (08:00-15:00) and the Print Room (online orders only, collection from Guild Shop) are remaining open – this is subject to change, and we will constantly be reviewing this. We thank all our students for supporting our outlets, and the staff who make them as amazing as they are. We’ll provide updates on when our outlets are likely to be open when we can. 

  • Guild Officers: Coronavirus Statement 16 March 2020 - 20:00

    Please read the important update from the University in your emails.  

    From tomorrow, the majority of Guild staff will now be working from home as per the Government and University guidance; you will be able to reach us digitally via email and/or video software.  

    The Guild will be opening select outlets only tomorrow; our Guild Shop and Comida in DH1, and our Reception. We will review these services tomorrow and take a view on their longer term opening after we have reflected more fully on the Government and University advice.  

    Our Print Room will also be available for online orders only, which will have collection from the Guild Shop. Our other outlets will now be closed for the foreseeable future: The Ram, Lemon Grove, Pieminister, Italiano and the Grove Diner.  

    If you have any immediate concerns or worries, please email us on coronavirus@exeterguild.com or provide feedback via the student feedback form above!  

  • Guild Officers: Coronavirus Statement 16 March 2020

    We are continuously monitoring the situation and taking advice and guidance from the University and Government. You can find the University’s resources here, which they are regularly updating.

    The Full-Time Officers have a meeting this afternoon with University Senior Team and will be providing an update after this with any important outcomes. We encourage you to fill out the student feedback form we’ve created so that we can gather student opinions and feed this back to the University Senior Management regularly.

    Guild update:

    • We have implemented guidance on risks for events and trips on Friday via email to committee members. It will be down to societies or student groups to make the decision that best suits them; we will support those who would like to cancel or postpone and the challenges this may cause.

    • If you are involved with any Guild democracy, keep an eye out for further communications coming your way. We will be cancelling Guild Exec and the scrutiny panels, our Societies Council and Guild Council will be held digitally, and Equality Council to be confirmed as soon as possible.

    • Due to staff availability, Grove Diner will be closed until further notice.

  • Guild Officers: Coronavirus Statement 13 March 2020

    We, as your Full-Time Officer team and an organisation, are continuing to monitor the latest updates on coronavirus, and are following advice from the government, as well as the University. We recommend that you take a look at the University’s Coronavirus Information and Advice webpage, which will be updated regularly as the situation continues to develop.  

    The latest advice means that we have made some decisions which will affect certain activities, services and events; these decisions have been taken with the health of our students and staff as the absolute priority. We will continue to update on these decisions, and will be contacting students affected, including those due to travel abroad with a society or student group.  

    At time of publishing (13 March 2020), the Students’ Guild is remaining open as normal until further notice, including our commercial outlets.  

    If you have any queries or concerns, you can get in touch at coronavirus@exeterguild.com. We have also opened a student feedback form link, which we encourage you to fill out.  

    This is a situation which is constantly developing and evolving, and we will be ready to react in any way we need to in order to protect our students and staff. During this time, we are calling for respect and kindness; harassment, hate and violence are completely unacceptable. If you are a victim or see any inappropriate behaviour, we urge you to call it out if you feel safe to do so, or report it using the University’s Speak Out page.  

Other Information

  • Society Events

    As of 5pm on 16/03/20, the UK Government has advised against ‘all non-essential contact with others as Coronavirus cases rise’. In light of the most recent statement from Boris Johnson, all societies must move to cancel or postpone their events until further notice. If you are a society or student group committee member, you will have an email detailing this fully, including the support available. If you have any questions regarding the decision, refunds or anything else, please contact coronavirus@exeterguild.com. 

    Information and resources for committee members can be found on our Committee Resource section.

  • Society and Student Group Trips
    Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the decision to cancel all affiliated group trips occurring in March and April. This decision has been taken to safeguard our students both on the trip and in the wider community. If you are a society or student group committee member, you will have an email detailing this fully. If you have any questions regarding the decision, refunds or anything else, please contact coronavirus@exeterguild.com.
  • Exeter Respect on Campus Postponed

    We regret to announce that we have made the difficult decision to postpone Exeter Respect on Campus (Tuesday 17 March) until further notice due to coronavirus concerns. This decision has been made following, careful risk-assessment, and taking into account advice related to covid-19.

    Ultimately the health of the students, staff, performers and volunteers is our primary concern.

    We are extremely disappointed to have to postpone; Exeter Respect on Campus promised to be a hugely important celebration of diversity, with an important message. Despite the cancellation of this, we will be focussing efforts on ensuring that diversity is celebrated, and that the important discussions to further inclusion will still have a place at our university. We will keep colleagues and students informed on plans when rescheduled.

    We would like to thank everyone who had already registered for tickets, as well as all the performers, volunteers and staff who had worked so hard to get us ready to host this event.

    Please continue to treat each other with kindness and compassion during this difficult time, and please respect the privacy of friends, colleagues and students. If you experience, or are witness to, any inappropriate behaviour please report it to the University via our Speak Out web pages.


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