As we reflect upon this academic year, it’s safe to say that it’s been a bit of a roller-coaster! We have witnessed significant changes to all aspects of the student experience from how we received teaching, got involved with societies to how we socialised with our friends and family. Before we take a look at some of the Guild’s highlights from this year, we want to celebrate your resilience and determination in the face of great change and adversity.
Freshers’ Week certainly looked a bit different to what we’re used to! Our virtual Freshers’ Hub was very successful, and we saw lots of fantastic virtual events with our 300+ societies.
Our amazing Welcome Team greeted new students and ensured they settled into university life and felt part of the community. If you’re going to be back next year, why not sign up to be become part of Welcome Team and meet other students whilst learning some new skills.
We launched the Get Connected campaign to encourage students to get involved with activities happening on campus and meet new people. The campaign included the pen pal scheme, a Facebook group, online fitness classes alongside lots of fantastic online events.
As part of Black History Month, we worked with our African and Caribbean Society to bring you lots of amazing events during the month and to celebrate Black students at the University.
We ran our Autumn Elections for Doctoral College Officer. We welcomed Nadia Monaia as your new Doctoral College Officer!
We saw huge Movember success as Exeter students raised a staggering £200,000 for the cause! We became the first university to raise over £200,000 and received a limited edition Movember trophy.
We launched our housing campaign, Move Smart, designed to give you the necessary advice, support and resources to help you find accommodation during your time at Exeter University.
The Officer team launched their 2021 Priorities which aimed to continue supporting you in every aspect of your student experience in response to the pandemic.
We launched Get Connected X Refreshers’ to welcome you back after the Christmas break and January exams. Refreshers’ saw lots of exciting virtual events, including taster sessions, workshops and socials!
At the beginning of the month, we hosted lots of events as part of Wellbeing Week organised by Ruby, your VP Welfare & Diversity. The week provided students with support and advice on a range of themes, including isolation and loneliness, drugs and alcohol, sex, finances and general mental health.
On 15 February, we voted in favour of campaigning for tuition fee compensation. Your Guild established a working group and planned how to best campaign on students’ behalf.
Nominations opened for our Student Elections!
The candidates of the Student Elections were announced at the beginning of the month. On 16-18 March, voting opened. We saw a huge number of votes which made the Elections very exciting! We hosted a fantastic Results Ceremony, livestreamed on our Facebook, and announced our winners. We can’t wait to welcome the new Part-Time and Full-Time Officers in July. Check out the results here.
We launched our Return to Activities roadmap following Government and University guidance. It was great to finally see some light at the end of the tunnel!
We joined the #EaseTheFees campaign launched by the Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union in response to students’ dissatisfaction with how they have received teaching this year.
We know how challenging exam season can be, which is why we launched the Stress Less campaign to support you during this intense time, providing you with great resources on how to destress and recharge.
The nominations for the Teaching Awards opened to celebrate staff members who have made a positive difference to your student experience – make sure you join us at the start of July for the awards ceremony!
We opened a new space on campus in Devonshire House alongside the University, Exehale, aimed at allowing students to rest and recharge during their studies. Within the space, you can find lots of resources to support your wellbeing.
We hosted a fantastic Guild Awards Ceremony live on our Facebook and YouTube. It was great to celebrate all of the amazing things you’ve achieved during this challenging year.
As part of the University’s Festival of Discovery (24 May-4 June), we launched Give It a Go! The initiative is your chance to try something new and get involved in the University.
Throughout the year there have been a number of brilliant wins in different parts of the student experience. These include focussing on student wellbeing, support for tuition fee compensation, support for care leavers and many more! These wouldn’t have been possible without you using your voice, making use of the elected students and fighting for the changes you want to see.
This year has truly been unlike any other and we are overwhelmed by the amazing work you have all achieved to make the student experience what it is! If you’re graduating, we wish you all the best of luck for the future! If you’re going to be returning for the 2021/22 academic year, we can’t wait to have you back – there’s going to be loads to look forward to, so keep an eye out!
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