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Candidate for the position of Guild President

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Jack Watts

#BackJack for Guild President


Hi, my name’s Jack and I’m running to be Guild President! Throughout my time at Exeter, I’ve spent much more time in Devonshire House than in lectures, involving myself in almost every aspect of the Students’ Guild.

I’ve founded Contemporary Choir, now the largest music society on campus, and been on several other society committees. I’ve been a Guild Councillor and achieved real wins for students through Societies Council. I’ve even been a Student Trustee of the Guild, meaning I have oversight of decisions made at the highest levels.

I know the Guild often gets it wrong, but also know it can and does get it right sometimes. By recognising both the strengths and weaknesses of the Students’ Guild, I know that I am the right person to improve upon the good work already done and tackle its issues head on.


Here’s how I’m going to do it.


Student Safety

- Well-lit and well-advertised paths between all buildings on campus

- Increased Campus Security foot-patrols, especially at night

- Better training and support for Welcome Team (mental health first aid training, dedicated wellbeing support for volunteers)

- Encourage Estate Patrol to engage with students so they aren’t just the scary people who shut your house party down



- Ban single-use plastic in Guild outlets by the end of my term

- Introduce more paper and cardboard recycling bins

- Ensure the Guild wastes less energy 


Guild Outlets

- Societies to have priority booking of the Lemon Grove during the week

- Milkshakes and more desserts in the Ram


St Luke’s

- Better advertising of Guild support and facilities on St Luke’s

- Make G47 more available and useful to students and societies

- Medical students on placement in Truro will be full Guild members



- All courses and modules should display the expected additional costs, including the costs of graduation

- A non-religious, quiet space on campus

- Improve accessibility to Guild spaces


Student Voice

- Ensure that feedback is regularly gathered on University Wellbeing services

- A list of ‘recommended’ landlords and letting agents with favourable reviews from students who release their lists after reading week

- Have regular monthly meetings open to all students so that you can give me your feedback face to face

- Work closely with other student unions to achieve wins for students


I am the most experienced candidate and I am committed to delivering on my manifesto. You’ve heard this before, you’ve heard it a million times, so Watts different? There has never been a candidate for President with so much experience and such a successful track record of working with the Guild. I have worked tirelessly to achieve wins for students over the last four years and I’m not going to stop any time soon.



- Founder and Musical Director of Contemporary Choir

- President and Conductor of Concert Band

- Contriubutor to Exeposé

- Music Societies Officer

- Charity and Causes Societies Officer

- St John Ambulance Volunteer

- Welcome Team Leader

- Student Trustee of the Students’ Guild

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