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. 

Find out how the Guild is campaigning for you and answers to frequently asked questions on our FAQs page.


Return to campus

Information on returning to campus and testing

Returning to campus Sprint Term Testing


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

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

Important Updates

  • University No-Disadvantage Update 15 January

    The University provided an update on the measures they have in place to ensure students aren’t disadvantaged academically during Covid-19. We’ve provided a summary below, but you can find the full update here.

    - The University are maintaining high academic standards, overall marks will be fair, students will be on an equal footing with previous graduates – this is what they are describing as the no-disadvantage guarantee in place.

    - Exam boards (Assessment, Progress and Awarding Committees (APACs)) in each department will take a consistent approach and will compare average marks, and the distribution of marks, achieved by each year group this year with the equivalent marks from previous years. They will then apply appropriate adjustments to correct any significant deviation.

    - Additional support is in place for students, including mitigation, deferring of assessments, revision of appeal processes and empowering department exam boards to account for the context of this year.

    - For finalists and taught postgraduate students entering the job market or applying for further study, there is further assurance concerning classification through an additional safety-net addressing feedback from the campaign group and Guild/SU Officers. The University are committing to explaining in more detail the ‘borderline zone’ and ensure that all students who are close to a degree class border are considered in detail.

    - The University will continue to work with the Guild Officers to support students and clarify information.

    - It’s important you continue providing feedback to your Reps, Officers and to the Students’ Guild.

  • Registrar Update 13 January

    The Registrar provided another update on 13 January, including information on testing, guidelines and travel. We’ve summarised the key points of that email below – you can also read the full version here.

    - Covid-19 is spreading rapidly in the South West, so it’s important you make use of the testing facilities at the University. It’s crucial you take a test if you’ve returned to Exeter and haven’t done so yet – you can book your tests online.

    - It’s so important that you continue to follow the guidelines particularly when on campus and in research spaces.

    - The University are asking for input from students about how safety measures could be improved – contact registrar@exeter.ac.uk with any ideas or feedback you have.

    - Please remember the rules on social gatherings and parties to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

    - The Government has introduced anyone arriving to the UK from 04:00 on 15 January will now have to produce a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival.

    - University staff and researchers students are classed as critical workers, and therefore are able to send their children to school for face-to-face teaching. More info is available here.

    - There are a number of fake Covid-19 scams going around via email or phone – it’s important to remain vigilant.

  • Registrar Update 8 January

    The University released another update on Friday 8 January following a busy week of updates and decisions following the announcement of the national lockdown. We’ve summarised the key points of the email below, but you can view it in full on the University’s coronavirus webpage or in your emails. 

    Summary of email

    • It’s really important students look after their wellbeing during this time and access support services if they need help. 
    • Students are being asked to complete this feedback form which is to find out how many students are currently in Exeter – this will help the University ensure provision is in place for students. 
    • University are committed to protecting your academic outcomes, with colleges and academics working hard to redesign courses and develop resources. In-person teaching will return when Government restrictions, as well as campus capacity, allows it. 
    • If you need support with your studies, you can access these resources
    • Mechanisms in place are in line with other Russell Group Universities and are confident that your outcomes will be similar to previous years. 
    • Continuing to meet with Students’ Guild Officers, and further updates will be provided to explain the measures in place. 
    • PGR activity is currently under review, and PGR students should work from home if they can. 
    • Rent for University accommodation or University nominated accommodation will be waived for the lockdown period. More info here. 
    • Students in privately rented accommodation should access support from the Guild Advice Service or through the Success for All Fund. 
    • With Universities being an essential service, carers or parents may be eligible for additional support. Students should get in touch with the Guild Advice Service
    • Testing is available and students are encouraged to get two tests as a matter of urgency if they are in Exeter already. Tests can be booked here
    • The Digital Hub is available to offer guidance and support to help you with digital and remote study. 
    • International students should not travel to their Offices to complete police registration currently. Please continue to check this webpage for updates. 

    The University are planning to move to one Registrar email a week, which we will continue to summarise here. 

  • Guild Update 5 January 2021
    January Lockdown Information

    You have probably seen, or heard, the Prime Minister’s announcement last night (Monday 4 January 2021). In England, we’re now in a national lockdown; find out what the new rules and guidance are here.

    We know that another lockdown will leave many of you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, confused and many more emotions. Please know that we are here for you and that we are in this together. We’ve pulled together this summary email to highlight the key points from the University communication as well as our own updates and how we’re operating including useful resources and activities to get involved with.

    If you need any support, advice, representation or just a bit of fun to take your mind off things, then we’ve got you!

    University Summary

    • In-person teaching will be delayed until at least mid-February for all students except for the exemptions listed.

    • Timetables will be updated this week to reflect these changes.

    • Students who are already at the University should remain in place and not travel away.

    • Students already on campus should book their two tests as a matter of urgency.

    • Students who have not yet arrived but who are beginning in-person teaching or placements for future critical workers, or those who cannot work at home, should book tests urgently to help the University to plan for the demand for testing in the coming weeks.

    • In line with the national guidance, where it is feasible to do so, PGR students should work from home. If you cannot work from home for any reason, you can continue at present to access campus office and study spaces.

    • The Doctoral College will be reviewing their current approach to lab, field and office based research, in the light of the expected Government guidance. They are committed to maintaining, within the limits of the guidance, as much of the research activity as they can.

    • The Uni will shortly be sharing a survey to all students to identify those who are at the University and who may need additional support.

    • Exam results will now be announced on Thursday 18 February (one week later than originally planned).

    • Sports facilities and services are now closed with virtual activity continuing.

    • Other campus services, including the Library and study spaces, will remain open for those who are permitted to come to campus.

    • The University will keep campus services provision under review over the coming weeks and will ensure you are updated.

    You can find all the University communications on their COVID hub.

    Guild Update

    Despite the difficult news, your Students’ Guild is still very much ‘open’ and ready to support you. The announcement does mean that the Officers and staff will be working remotely, but we’re committed to supporting you as we have done throughout the pandemic.

    If you need to get in touch with us to get support, you can do so by emailing us or by contacting us on social media. You can also reach the Officer team through email and social media – you can find their details here. If you need to reach a specific department, please visit our Meet the Team page. You can also get in touch about coronavirus related issues through our feedback form, or by contacting coronavirus@exeterguild.com.

    As we have done throughout the pandemic, we’ll continue to provide updates and resources on our coronavirus hub. We know you get a lot of important communications to your email, so we aim to summarise these on the hub, including those sent out by the Registrar.

    We’ll be getting in touch with student group leaders and society committee members separately with a bit more info about what the announcement means for student activity over the coming weeks and months – keep an eye on your emails if that’s you.

    Student Reps- look out for your first newsletter for Term 2 on Friday for more information and support, as ever please do contact the Voice team if you have any questions at voice@exeterguild.com.

    In terms of what the national lockdown means for Students’ Guild spaces on both campuses, we’re working with the University to understand whether these can remain open – we’ll update you as soon as we can on this.

    Despite the lockdown, Get Connected will continue to run, including for the upcoming Get Connected X Refreshers (which we’ll be telling you a bit more about very soon!). We know it’s been a difficult year to meet people, have fun and try new things, so we’d really recommend getting involved. There’s also the Get Connected Community Facebook group, which is a brilliant way to meet other people – we’re especially keen to welcome as many students in single households as possible to help you stay connected!

    We’ve got your back

    As always, we’ve got your back and are constantly ensuring you’re represented in meetings, committees and decisions. Whether that’s through Guild staff, your Full-Time Officers or amazing Student Reps, we are making sure your voices are heard at all levels throughout the University.

    We need you to continue talking to your Student Reps in the first instance; you can find out who your Rep is here. Reps are an essential part of making sure your views, opinions and experiences are shared with the lecturers, faculties and colleges. This is how change happens and we continue to represent your academic interests throughout the pandemic.

    You can also share your experiences to your Full-Time Officers; you can find out who they are here and how to contact them here. Please remember to be patient and kind to our Reps and Officers, they are working so incredibly hard for you during this challenging time.

    If there are any student issues or causes that you’d like for us to campaign on or help fight your corner, please get in touch with us! A good example of this is that Penny (VP Education) has been working with a great group of students as part of the ‘Students for Academic Mitigation’ campaign in lobbying the University for another No Detriment Policy and even taking it to National Union of Students (NUS) to become a national movement- find out more here. It’s important to remember that policies such as this take time and we need your input and support campaigning to make change happen.

    We understand that there are other issues such as rent and fee rebates which we are raising with the University and we’re hoping to be able to provide updates soon.

    Helpful Resources and Activities

    We know how difficult of a time this is and how much of a challenge the coming weeks will be, but there is a range of support to help you with issues you’re facing. Our Advice Service may be able to support you with any issues you’re having, including with finances, academic matters and accommodation. The University’s Wellbeing Services are also open to support you with your health and wellbeing. We know that many of you will have exams and assessments due this week and if you are finding this difficult with the impact of COVID and lockdown, you may want to consider mitigation to defer exams or request extensions for essays. For more information and how to apply, have a look at the University website.

    If you’re struggling financially because your hours have been cut or for any other reason, then you can apply for financial support with the Success for All Fund. The fund can be used to pay for IT equipment to support your studies, pay for bills or a number of other things to ensure that you can succeed at University. Societies can also apply for the new Get Connected Grant Fund to help them put on activity for their members, whether that’s to support their wellbeing or to provide some entertainment during the national lockdown.

    External support is available through charities like Mind, who can provide mental health support should you need it. Samaritans are also on hand if you ever need someone to talk to, as well as Exeter Nightline who are currently running at a reduced service. We can’t stress enough how important it is to get the support you need, even if that’s just having a chat with someone.

    It’s also really important to regularly check the University’s coronavirus hub to stay up to date with the latest information about testing, returning to campus and more. As always, we will continue to summarise key information sent out by the University on our own coronavirus hub.
     

    Stay safe and stay in touch,

    Your Students’ Guild

    Sunday, Penny, Ruby, Liv and the rest of the Guild team

  • HUMS & SSIS Joint Statement 4 January 2021

    Dear All,

    This is a conjoined open letter from the Humanities College Officer and the Social Sciences and International Studies College Officer of the University of Exeter Student Guild. After receiving the email from the Registrar, we are aware that many students are conflicted in receiving information in regard to the lack of a no detriment policy as well as the inequitable extension given to academic staff in regards to marking. We as your student representatives want to assure you that we are taking this sudden change with the utmost urgency and competence. We would like to assure you at this time that we as College Officers are working together to address this issue with the support of the guild. Although we are aware that many students have taken their constructive thoughts on Facebook, we would like to request that students directly email us as we would be able to address your concerns directly to the University.

    Although we are aware that many students are currently studying for exams and uncertain as to the outcome of this sudden change, we would like to assure you that we are here to help. As College Officers, our job is to address your concerns and represent you. Collectively, we feel that changes must be made, and we are requesting your support to make this possible.

    Even though as students we have weathered many storms this academic year, we believe that this time we must take a stand. We hope that students can get behind this sentiment and have hope that changes will be made. In the meantime, we would like to acknowledge the competence and respect students have shown during this time and remember that so long as there is hope, we have a fighting chance.

    All the best,

    Cherry Anastasia Chan (HUMS College Officer) cyc218@exeter.ac.uk  & Alex Greenhouse (SSIS College Officer) ag751@exeter.ac.uk

  • University Update 31 Dec 2020

    Registrar Update 31 December

    Following a series of changes to the tier restrictions over the Christmas break in response to rising coronavirus cases across the UK, the University have provided an update about what this means for students, returning to campus and more.

    You can find the key points of this email below, and you can also read the full email here.

    The University will be providing another update on 5 January so keep an eye out for that – we’ll be sharing that info when we have it.

    - The Government has asked universities to reduce the number of students returning to campus to only medicine & dentistry, subjects allied to medicine/health (including Nursing and Medical Imaging), veterinary science, education (initial teacher training), social work, courses which require Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) assessments and or mandatory activity which is scheduled for January and which cannot be rescheduled.

    - The University have been asked to delay in-person teaching for other students until 25 January at the earliest. Timetables will be updated to reflect this.

    - Online examinations beginning on 4 January will continue as planned.

    - Students can return to university accommodation if they don’t have alternative accommodation, access to study space, if they require additional support or for placements which are COVID secure.

    - Commuter students shouldn’t access campus unless they meet one of the above exemptions.

    - International students travelling from overseas are being asked to consider whether if they could delay their travel.

    - PGR students are being considered the same as staff, and should work from home if they can.

    - Devon is in Tier 3 at time of writing, so students must follow restrictions and guidelines relating to that.

  • University Update 8 Dec 2020

    Travel and Staggered Return Update

    The University released another important communication on Friday 4 December, which included updates on the travel window and testing, as well as outlining the staggered return to campus in January.

    We’ve summarised the key points of the email here, but you can read the full email here.

    Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing will finish on 8 December – HALO testing can be booked until 18 December if you’re experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or are travelling internationally.

    The majority of teaching has now moved online.

    Continue to follow government guidance, particularly when travelling.

    Support for students staying on campus over the Winter Break will be released this week (W/C 7 December).

    The Department for Education (DfE) has released guidance on students returning to campus – the University will continue to update on this.

    In response to the Government guidance, a staggered return to campus has been outlined.

    Teaching will begin from 11 January, with the introduction of in-person teaching staggered between then and 1 February.

    Students are advised to not return to Exeter until their in-person teaching commences, unless you need to for reasons including not having access to appropriate alternative accommodation, IT facilities, studying space, or those who need to return for health reasons.

    Those courses with placement or practical elements which cannot be delivered online will resume in-person teaching first, with most resuming from the week beginning 11 January. However, students should refer to their programme for individual arrangements.

    New Postgraduate Taught students will also begin their in-person teaching from the week beginning 11 January.

    Final year undergraduate students and returning Postgraduate Taught students will resume in-person teaching in the week beginning 25 January.

    All other Undergraduate students will resume in-person teaching in the week beginning 1 February.

    Postgraduate Research students can resume their research from 4 January, and details of the facilities available during the winter break will be shared next week.

  • 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

    -

    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.

    -

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

    -

    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.

    -

    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.

    -

    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.

    -

    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!

    -

    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.

2019/20 Archive

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.


University of Exeter Students' Guild is a Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered Charity Number: 1136468 Company Number: 07217324; registered in England and Wales Registered office: Devonshire House, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4PZ