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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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