Coronavirus

Welcome to our coronavirus hub. Throughout the pandemic we've used this area to release important information from your Students' Guild and the University including on guidance. 

The University also have a useful hub for prospective students with more information including FAQs that you may have. 

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

STUDENT FEEDBACK

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

Guild Updates

  • Guild Update 01 December 2020

    No Detriment Policy Update

    Penny Dinh, your VP Education, has been working hard to ensure that students are fairly supported and represented in their academic studies throughout coronavirus in the 2020/21 academic year.

    Penny and students who founded the S4AM group this week met with key stakeholders at the University to highlight concerns with current mitigation policies. The outcomes of the hugely productive meeting are below:

    • A working group of staff and students to explore whether the APAC (exam boards) could be used to identify students who have 'anomalous' marks which might not be covered by the current scaling process.

    • Communications sent to students around APACs will be reviewed in order to provide more clarity about for students.

    • Students will be helped to make the best decisions for them about mitigation and deferrals. Blanket deferrals are not always in a students’ best interest, so it’s important they are supported to make the right decisions for their circumstances.

    • - Ensure that students are made aware of the support and investment made so far to support them in their studies, for example increased support for assessments.

    The meeting was an important step in ensuring students get the best mitigation outcomes possible, but it’s so important that you continue to feedback how your academic experience is going through your Student Reps, getting in touch with Penny, your VP Education or completing our coronavirus feedback form.

  • Guild Update 20 November 2020

    University Update 

    The University sent a further update relating to coronavirus on Friday 20 November, covering travel, testing and more. We’ve summarised that email here to ensure the information is as accessible as possible, but you can read the full message here.

    Travel Window (3-9 December) Update

    • Additional testing available from 30 November.

    • Any student can get a test.

    • Additional details to be provided on Tuesday 24 November.

    • Testing booked through the Rapid Response Hub.

    • All but essential teaching will be online after 4 December.

    • Support will be available for any student staying in Exeter over Christmas. Please complete this survey about what your plans are for the Christmas period.

    • Taking a test is not mandatory before travelling, but we are encouraging you to take one so that you can be confident you do not have Covid-19.

    • If you’re struggling financially and are worried about being able to travel, you can apply for the Success for All Fund.

    • You can travel overseas, however it’s important you are aware of any additional self-isolating rules you’ll encounter both outbound and inbound.

    As always, we’ll continue to update you here so that you have all the relevant and important information in an easy to understand way. It’s important to remember that government guidance plays a huge role in everything we and the University are doing, including the travel window.

  • Guild Update 12 November 2020

    University Update 

    Last Thursday, the University released communications around plans for the end of term, including for travel and testing. We’ve summarised the email below, but you can also read the email in full here.

    Travel

    • The government have outlined plans for a travel window from 3-9 December. Students self-isolating must complete their period of self-isolation before travelling.

    • Students who live outside of the UK can also travel in this window, however they will need to consider additional restrictions where they are travelling, and also whether they will need to self-isolate on their return to the UK.

    • The University believe postgraduate research students will be able to travel outside of the window.

    • Support will be available to students who are staying in Exeter over Christmas for any reason.

    • Further information will be released here.

    Teaching

    • After Friday 4 December, all teaching will move online with the exception of teaching activities requiring specialist spaces or facilities where online provision is not possible, which will continue until 8 December. All teaching after 8 December will be online.

    • Timetables will be updated to ensure you have enough time to arrange travel home for Christmas, if you are doing so.

    • Postgraduate research students will be able to continue working as currently.

    • Healthcare students will receive further details from Programme Directors, as they are considered essential workers.

    • The government has made it clear that universities cannot restart any social, extra-curricular or sporting activity when the period of national lockdown restrictions end on 2 December.

    Testing

    • Additional testing should be available from 30 November.

    • The University are working with the government to ensure anyone who needs a test will get one.

    • Whilst getting a test is not mandatory in order to travel during the window, but it is being encouraged.

    The University will continue to update their guidance over the next couple of weeks ahead of the travel window, which we will summarise here.

  • Guild Update 3 November 2020

    University Update 

    Key points from the University update sent via email on Monday 2 November:  

    • A period of national lockdown will begin on Thursday 5 November and last until 2 December. 

    • The University will remain open and we will continue to deliver a blend of face-to-face and online teaching. 

    • Students must stay at University and not move back and forth between their student home and permanent home before the end of term. 

    • Sports facilities and some catering outlets will close during this period. Study spaces will remain open. 

    • Case numbers in Devon and Cornwall are low and we must continue our collective efforts to ensure we can see restrictions eased in early December. 

    You can find the full University email here. If you have any questions regarding the University’s guidance, please email coronavirusenquiries@exeter.ac.uk.  

    You can also find the latest UK Government guidance and updates here.  

    Student activities and music  

    We’re working to understand what activities our groups and societies can do. We are waiting for further information and guidance on outdoor sport and fitness activities. Unfortunately, all indoor sport and fitness will be cancelled from Thursday in line with Government guidance.  

    We will be reaching out to our academic societies to link them up with their academic departments to look at what activities can be safely co-created and co-educational. Student media will continue as they have been operating. 

    We are also still awaiting confirmation and guidance on how our music offering can proceed; we will be providing an update soon as we have one.  

    How we’re operating 

    We are still open! Most of our teams are operating remotely and are still ready to support you with advice, represent your student voice and support student activities. We do have limited staff on campus in select areas.    

    Our Guild Reception will remain open in Devonshire House (DH1) with our normal opening hours (Monday to Thursday 08:00-16:00 and Friday 09:00-16:00).   

    Our study spaces on Streatham campus in DH1 and DH2 remain open and for you to use, please remember to stay safe and follow guidance on cleaning the spaces.  

    Our commercial operations transferred to the University on Sunday 1 November, so if you any questions regarding the outlets on campus, please email csmarketing@exter.ac.uk.  

    Your wellbeing  

    We know that another lockdown is going to be challenging, so we just wanted to highlight some ways in which you can receive some support and advice if you ever need it: 

    Get Connected 

    Over the last month we’ve been running our Get Connected campaign helping you to make connections, meet new people and have fun during this pandemic. We’ve hosted a number of digital events and have more planned over the next few weeks; make sure you follow our Facebook page and Liv’s page (VP Activities) to keep up to date. We also have a great Pen Pal scheme, blogs and resources on our website - check it out here.  

    Let us know how you’re doing  

    We want to hear from you on how you’re doing and if there is anything we can do to help or support you during this difficult and challenging time. We will also use your feedback to raise directly to the University and help us fight your corner. You can either fill out our feedback form, talk to your Student Reps and Full-Time Officers or email us at coronavirus@exeterguild.com.  

  • Guild President Update 7 October 2020

    Update RE All Party Parliamentary Group for Students Campus Lockdowns

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    The meeting with MPs went really well and there were a fair few in attendance. And I got a shout out from Parliament's official APPG for Unis which was nice! Michelle Donelan (who advised the uni re: no society events) wasn't present but the MPs in attendance are presenting my concerns to her today. I am hoping she can re-evaluate.

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    I conveyed all concerns emailed, DM'd and commented to me, with particular stress on:

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    In terms of current issues: the severe mental health and non-covid health that is being impacted by lockdown. There has been a rise in alone drug use (due to lockdown and 10pm curfew) and by easing restrictions it may be that this is tackled.

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    I particularly stressed that mature students and student parents, and PhDs, can be more isolated (as well as having extra financial burdens), as well as the concern for international students.

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    I also brought up that students are being unfairly targeted and, in some cases, harassed by residents unfairly (and international students are experiencing racism in similar to the ways to the racism in the city in March). This is obviously in need of addressing, especially as the vast majority of students are keeping to (unfair) rules. This, in turn, has health impacts on students - anxiety etc, but also the physical health issues that come with being kept indoors.

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    In terms of future: I focused heavily on graduate employment, and this was well received (especially as tory gov. is focusing on employment atm) However, when I brought up interest rates being suspended (as other loans are) they were less convinced! This was predictable but now the conversation is started we can keep pushing!

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    I was very clear students had been monumentally let down, sold unrealistic expectations of educational and social delivery this yeah, and basically used as cash cows. I was very forceful with this (y'all know I can be when I need to be ahah) No confirmation but no disagreement, so I’m taking this as they do know this! There will be national push on this now. The talk is loan forgiveness (not reimbursement or refund). I will update as I can

     

  • Guild President Update 2 October 2020

    Hey hey sorry I was on leave today and only just got back from a medical appointment in Bristol (whew, the M5 is nasssty atm)

    Anyway, saw the email went out: great news! Saw it was very long and a little complex so here's a TL:DR

    (also sorry I couldn't share some of the below earlier, some of it - like the PHE data was confidential until shared by uni!)

    FAQs:

    So, main biggie is the University are asking you NOT to go INTO other students houses atm.

    - Yes, you can go home

    - Yes, you can meet other households in public places (stay under 6)

    - Yes, you can go to work

    - Yes, children can go to school if you have them

    - Yes, you can go to non-student houses

    - Yes, you can form a support bubble with one house if you live alone

    - Yes, you are free to go to places of worship and attend religious ceremonies

    - Yes, you can attend non-uni educational sessions such as driving lessons etc.

    - No, I’m so sorry, you can’t go to your partner’s house if they are a student (but you can meet them in public)

    Im a bit wiped from being prodded and poked, and the drive so definitely missed something so ask me questions if you have any!

    The Basics Behind Decisions:

    - Track and trace data is showing that the majority of Exeter student cases are happening at house parties.

    - There is no evidence of transmission to the wider community

    - The University promised Public Health England that they would do something to tackle this

    - The University have asked you to stop going to other student houses.

    - There has been a further rise in cases since this, but it could be down to the fact the university are privately testing us quicker than the NHS are testing people

    -  Because of the rise the University are setting up a temporary testing centre on Streatham campus and rolling out testing to staff family, too.

    - There is no evidence of transmission from seminars and so are continuing face to face teaching (although please record your seat number in classes to help with trace and trace)

    - Public Health England as asked the University to remind students who work to make sure their employers are carrying out the correct risk assessments. You can still go to work!

  • Guild President Update 24 September 2020

    We know that the majority of our students have been doing the right thing and following COVID-19 guidance from the University and Government. We want to take a moment to thank you for all those sacrifices you’re making to keep you and others safe.

    It’s really important to note that the health and wellbeing of all our students is paramount. We also need to stress the importance of the ‘track and trace’ process in keeping us safe. Track and trace data is completely confidential and there is never any link to the reporting of breaches of the COVID-19 rules, or disciplinary procedures.

    We are urging all students to do the right thing, be honest and report your contacts when requested to do so, even if those contacts were made in breach of the guidelines. The University are committed to confidentiality.

    You can find information about the University’s Rapid Response Hub here: exeter.ac.uk/coronavirus/students or exeter.ac.uk/coronavirus/rapid-response

    What to do if you think someone is/has breached COVID-19 safety rules:

    You may be aware that some acts, like coughing, spitting or failing to isolate when you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, are criminal offences and must be reported to the Police. You can do this using at devon-cornwall.police.uk/contact

    If you think, or know, that a student has not been complying with COVID-19 rules then we would ask that you let the University know about this so that they can take action. You can do this by completing the reporting form on the Student Cases website http://exeter.ac.uk/.../non...

    Be kind and conscious of your actions and the impact that you may have on others around you.

    Please follow the guidelines and we hope to all be back together on <3

  • Change in Government Guidance- In-Person Events 11 September 2020

    9 September Update

    We are aware of the proposed changes around social gatherings and for laws and guidance to be updated from Monday. As soon as the new guidance is published by the Government and we have had a chance to consider it, we’ll be in touch with any updates on how this will impact our Freshers’ 2020 plans. Thank you for your patience.

    11 September Update

    We are disappointed that the University have had to make the last-minute decision to pause any in-person events on campus for the next 4 weeks. We have been clear that this will impact the student experience of our new and returning members, however we agree that safety is paramount at this time.

    Over the summer, our team has worked hard to understand all the guidance issued, work with University colleagues to get facilities ready and prepare training for our student leaders. The work done by those student leaders in preparing their activities in a safe and responsible way has been amazing, and we thank you for your hard work.

    We appreciate that the last-minute nature of these decisions has come due to the actions of the Government in changing the law around social activity. We have been in discussions with the University today to understand what could be possible within the new laws. It is our belief that students are being demonised at present and would urge the Government to provide more clarity and support for our members in returning to the University.

    Despite this hugely disappointing news, we will continue to support student groups in creating the best digital experience possible for all our members in the coming few weeks.

    We will continue to work with the University to review the guidance and we’ll update you as this develops.

  • Guild Restart 12 August 2020

    We are currently preparing for staff to return to campus from Tuesday 1 September; we will be operating on a smaller in-person capacity and resources with a number of our staff working remotely still. We have seen great success with providing online support, meetings and representation over the past few months, and we're confident that we will continue having a positive impact on the student experience. We will be providing a blended approach to our membership offering with some services being available on campus for specific support or activities.

    Our reception service has been delivered remotely since March and we will be looking to supplement this with an in-person service during term-time. Our aim is to ensure that a member of our team is available during core hours to help with any queries or issues that our members have during the week. We will be confirming the opening times for both Streatham and St Luke’s in due course.

    We are excited to announce that we will be opening the Guild Shop, The Ram and Comida for the start of term with the aim to have them opening up between 1 September and 10 September! After being closed for several months, we are looking forward to having some of our outlets open again in time for the start of the new year. We have a number of safety measures and precautions being put in place to make sure that these are as safe as they can be for you all. However, it’s important to note that your experiences will be significantly different in some of the outlets to allow us to open; this includes limited capacity in our shop, a click and collect service in Comida and table service in The Ram.

    Sadly, we are not able to open all our outlets. Grove Diner and Italiano will be closed still for the foreseeable future as due to lower footfall on campus it isn’t financially viable for us to continue with these outlets given the current environment. The Lemon Grove will also not be able to open as Government guidance still has nightclub and live music venues closed. We will be providing an update about the Print Room soon.

    We are committed and doing our best to ensure that new incoming students and returning students have a welcoming experience to the start of the new academic year. If you have any questions or queries, please contact us on coronavirus@exeterguild.com or get in touch with one of your Full-Time Officers.

  • Update 29 May 2020

    Coronavirus: Latest Update

    Earlier this week on Wednesday 27 May, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Tim Quine released further information about the University’s plans for the 2020/21 academic year. Registrar Mike Shore-Nye also sent an update on 28 May. We know you’ve been waiting for updates, so we’re going to provide a summary of these important communications here. We recommend that you read the emails sent to you this week in full to ensure you’re as informed as possible – you can find them here.

    Summary of DVC Tim Quine’s Update (27 May)

    • The plan is for campus to be open with adaptations for social distancing. What this looks like exactly will depend on what the coronavirus situation is locally and nationally, and what the government regulations and advice is.
    • The University are planning for blended learning – anytime, anywhere access to guided online learning, supported by face-to-face teaching (on campus when conditions allow, or real-time online).
    • The University are prioritising:
      • The health and safety of students, staff and communities
      • Excellent learning opportunities that are flexible to work no matter what the year holds
      • That students can thrive and achieve their goals
    • Your feedback is essential to ensuring the success of this plan – you can provide feedback by completing a survey the University will be sending out, or by getting in touch with the Students’ Guild Full-Time Officer Team, your Academic Rep or the Students' Guild coronavirus feedback form.
    • There are a range of paid opportunities available for current students and graduates. The University have released further information on these employment opportunities here.

    Summary of Registrar Mike Shore-Nye’s Update (28 May)

    • Summary of University’s plan for 2020/21 – please see above for further details.
    • Finalists should ensure their HEAR record is up to date.
    • A range of career opportunities and programmes are being planned for the rest of the summer term and vacation – log onto Career Zone to find out more.
    • Graduation ceremonies will now take place in 2021 – graduating students will shortly be polled on whether they would prefer Easter 2021 or Summer 2021.
    • Plans are now in place for students who need to collect belongings from their accommodation in Exeter. The guidance varies greatly depending on whether you’re in University, nominated or private accommodation.

    Further updates and information

    For more information, please visit the University’s FAQ page. We’d also like to reiterate again you should read the University’s emails in full to ensure you have the full details, as we do only provide a brief overview here.

    We are aware that some students are sceptical about digital learning and its quality due to your past experiences of online learning resources, specifically recap recordings. Project Enhance is set up exactly to address this feedback. This is especially to ensure that students who require flexibility in their studies due to caring responsibilities, disabilities, or chronic health conditions, can access education in the way that meets their needs.

    We urge any student with feedback about this update from the University or anything else related to coronavirus to complete our feedback form or to email coronavirus@exeterguild.com.

    Take care,

    Penny
    Vice President Education

  • Update on University 2020/21 Communications 28 May 2020

    The University announced yesterday their plans for the 2020/21 academic year, and we’re aware that a number of students would like further clarification on some of the points and decisions made.

    We’re going to be meeting University Senior Management tomorrow (Friday 29 May) to make sure the picture is as clear for students as possible, and we’ll be providing an update for you then which we hope will clarify any confusion.

    If you have any feedback about the announcement, or anything else related to Covid-19, please get in touch with me at vpeducation@exeterguild.com, or complete our feedback form on this page.

  • Update 13 May 2020

    Following further updates from the Prime Minister on Sunday evening, and with the additional information released this week, we’d like to provide you with an update of what this means for you as a University of Exeter student. Throughout this week, both the Students’ Guild and the University have been working to understand what this means for you, and to begin planning for beginning activities on our campuses again.

    What is your Students’ Guild doing?

    We are closely following guidance from the Government and are following the University’s lead. You can read a summary of the University’s email below or the full email in your mailbox.

    In terms of a return to campus, this will be a gradual process and one which we will work on alongside the University. This is something that we’ll continue to update you on as clearer plans are developed, however we want to reiterate that the safety of all Exeter students and staff, both Guild and University, is our absolute priority. Our Officers and staff will continue working from home until further notice, however we’re beginning to plan for what a phased return to campus could look like. Some of our staff remain furloughed.

    We’re continuing to represent your interests to University Senior Management, with a particular focus on exams at the moment – we're with you every step of the way. We’re also supporting the NUS Safety Net campaign, which includes reimbursement for students. In order for us to represent you as best as possible, it’s vitally important you continue giving your feedback using our coronavirus feedback form, or by contacting coronavirus@exeterguild.com. We’re delighted that Exeter has been sector leading on many important issues; the amazing amount of student feedback we’ve received so far has been central to this.

    What have the University said?

    The University will have sent you an email explaining these points further which we encourage you to read and understand fully. Here is an overview of their update:

    Campus remains closed

    At this stage our campuses remain closed – it’s really important that you stay away from campus until further notice, unless you’re currently living in campus-based accommodation.

    Accommodation

    Plans are being made by the accommodation team to allow you to collect your belongings from University or private accommodation. Further information will be communicated in the next few weeks.

    Exams, Assessments and Research

    Summer examinations are underway (we hope it’s going well!) – take a look at the Exam Process Guide, Technical Guide and University FAQ's. Don’t forget to record the time you download your exam paper, track your time as you’re completing your exam, and submit it to BART before the deadline.

    If you submit your assessment late, you’ll be contacted by your Hub Education Support team who’ll advise you on the penalty for late submission. If you’re having issues submitting, you can contact the Assessments Helpdesk by phone (+44) 01392 726800 (8:00-20:00 Monday-Friday BST) or by email Exams2020@exeter.ac.uk.

    Companies offering to write essays for you are unfortunately very common – it’s really important that you avoid these companies. If you are having difficulty completing assessments or need support, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Advice Service.

    Planning is underway to identify how scientific research and field work can resume safely – again, further updates will be provided as soon as possible.

    Stay safe and good luck in your assessments,
    Your Students’ Guild

  • Furlough Update 24 April 2020

    Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to furlough a number of staff to protect the Guild. We are working hard to make sure that this has limited impact on you. As the situation develops and constantly changes, there may be further decisions required that impact the structure of the Guild. We will update you as and when those decisions are made and how they may impact you.

    Read More

  • Private Student Accommodation Letter 6 April 2020

    We are urging all purpose-built student accommodation and private landlords to offer the following:

    1. For students who are no longer living at the tenancy address, to be released from their current tenancy agreements, at no financial penalty to them. This follows similar action taken by the University's and providers such as Unite Students. If students have already paid third term rent, you should refund this along with their deposit.
    2. For students who cannot return home or are unable to find another place to live, an extension of tenancy subject to the Covid-19 pandemic continuing past tenancy dates to prevent students from becoming homeless.
    3. For students who have been financially impacted due to Covid-19 and are unable to move, a significant rent reduction or a rent holiday for the duration of the pandemic.
    4. For students who have moved home and are unable to collect their belongings, we ask you to show compassion and work with those students to find a solution.

    We have produced a letter, which you can read online by downloading the PDF here.

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    • More have been added to the list, please click here. If your landlord or provider isn't on the list, please use our letter to send to them directly.
  • University Summer Assessment Update 3 April 2020

    The University of Exeter have released further information in relation to the summer assessment period: ‘the no detriment policy’; the format of summer examinations and assessments; applying to defer your exams; and the release of exam results. As well as information on helping you prepare for your examinations and assessments.

    You can find the email in full on the University Coronavirus subsite here.

    The Full-Time Officers, Academic Representatives and the rest of the Guild have been working tirelessly to make sure that the new policies have been created with students at the heart of them. We are very proud that we are leaps and bounds ahead of other universities round the country in providing the best possible outcomes for our students.

    If you have any further feedback on the new policies or information, please complete our feedback form or email us at coronavirus@exeterguild.com, or feedback to your Academic Representative (AcRep) - you can find yours here.  

    To summarise the communications sent out today:

    • The University have extended the no detriment policy so that it includes all assessments submitted by undergraduate and taught postgraduate students in the 19/20 academic year. Therefore, taught postgraduate dissertations will be included in the policy (please see the detail for how this will be handled) and deferred and referred assessments taken in August will also be covered.
    • They have now published the ‘no detriment’ policy in full online, here.
    • A further communication via the FAQs will be sent on Thursday 9 April with an update on how this impacts students who have undertaken industrial placements, study or work abroad placements during 2019/20.
    • In some circumstances programmes subject to professional regulation may not yet be permitted to apply the no detriment policy, you will be communicated by your College if this is the case. The University are proposing it to the regulatory bodies for approval.
    • More detail on summer examinations and assessments will be sent to you by your colleges in the coming weeks.
    • The University have developed a simplified and accelerated mitigation process through which you can apply to defer your examinations and assessments, with no requirement for evidence. Please see our website for further details of this process, and to complete the application form – note, from this webpage you can select options to defer all of your assessments, or one or more where short- lived circumstances impact on your ability to complete some assessments but not others.
    • You can also apply for mitigation or deferral should you experience technical issues or IT failure during an examination here.
    • If you wish to defer all assessments the form will open at 12:00 BST (midday) on Monday 6 April, and close at 23:59 BST on Friday 1 May. Please consider these carefully, our Guild Student Advice Service can support you if you’d like to talk through your options.
    • APACs (Assessment Progression and Awarding Committees), or more commonly known as exam boards, will be delayed by two weeks to allow the University to undertake marking and recommendations in these difficult circumstances. You will receive your grades and outcomes on 8 July.
    • The University will be making appropriate adjustments for students with Individual Learning Plans (ILPs), you will need to contact AccessAbility Service or Wellbeing Services by Thursday 9 April 17:00.
    • If you have any concerns about taking a remote examination or assessment, contact the University on coronavirusenquiries@exter.ac.uk

     

    No Detriment Policy Summary

    • The benchmark will be based on actual achievement from the current academic stage as far as possible.
    • In order for the benchmark to be reliable, it will be based on a mean mark derived from sufficient credit (equivalent to half the total credits of the relevant stage; a stage equates to an academic year for full-time students).
    • If insufficient credit has been accumulated in the current stage, achievement in the previous University of Exeter-based stage will be included within the calculation.
    • If there was no prior University of Exeter-based stage, then the benchmark will be provisional until, in the case of first-year Undergraduates or Postgraduate Taught students (PGTs), sufficient credit has been accumulated to confirm the benchmark.
    • The benchmark will be calculated and applied after all other normal assessment processes have been completed (e.g. condonement, mitigation, scaling, late and academic misconduct penalties). Please see the relevant policies for further details.
    • For students who pass the current stage during 19/20 academic year, the credit-weighted mean for all assessments contributing to the stage (academic year for full-time students) will be compared to the benchmark, and the higher of these two results will be used as their overall result for the stage.
    • The student transcript will be annotated to reflect this policy.

    Read it in full here.

    If you have any further feedback on the new policies or information, please complete our feedback form or email us at coronavirus@exeterguild.com, or feedback to your AcRep- you can find yours here.  

  • 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

  • VP Activities: Society Committee Members Update- In-Person Events 9 September 2020

    As you will be aware, last night, the UK Government previewed new measures in England to curb a spike in Coronavirus cases across the country. Although we do not have full details yet, the headline is that in-person gatherings will be severely restricted. Because we do not yet have the full picture, we are pausing the review and approval of all in-person Student Group events until we know more.

    I know this is not the news you wanted to hear, and myself and Students’ Guild staff are incredibly disappointed that the hard work and determination that you have put in over the last few months, in planning and preparing to give new students to Exeter the best welcome that you can, is once again hampered. The Activities Team will continue to support the creation and delivery of online events, and we encourage all groups to consider what they can offer their members while engaging with them online.

    What I would like to do is assure all of you that staff in the Guild will be working incredibly hard with the University and other partners to get new guidance to you as soon as it is available.

    At this time, I would like to ask for your patience while we deal with this situation. We kindly ask that you do not contact the Activities Team about in-person events until we have sent the new guidance out to you. This will allow us to focus on getting the right information to you as quickly as we possibly can.

    Personally, I want to thank you all for the dedication you have shown to your groups and to your members throughout this difficult time. We will support you as best we can to give all students the best experience possible.

  • Society Events 16 March 2020

    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 16 March 2020
    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 15 March 2020

    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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