We can now confirm that the commercial activities of the Students’ Guild will be transferred to the University on Sunday 1 November 2020. This marks the end of an era for the Students’ Guild and its commercial operation – we’re sad to be saying goodbye to the outlets and the staff that make them what they are. Looking forward this opens up a range of opportunities, and we are eager to see how the student experience can be enhanced.
The outlets will be closing on Friday 30 October at 14:00, and online orders for the Shop and Print will be closed on Tuesday 27 October at 16:00, in order to complete a closure stocktake and allow for the facilities to be handed over prior to official completion on Sunday.
Due to Covid-19 and other factors, the University has decided that the other outlets being transferred across will remain closed. There will be a full review of all commercial spaces in 2021 to ensure the appropriate use of space across the University to maximise student experience, which will have the Guild's input to ensure your student voice is represented. To stay up to date with the latest news on the outlets, including when the others can reopen, make sure you keep an eye out on the University’s channels and visit this webpage: University of Exeter, Eat and Shop.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the incredible staff who have worked at the outlets, not just currently but in the 50+ years of commercial operations. We thank them for their hard work and dedication over the years. We also want to thank them for their patience and continued commitment during this challenging time. They’ve all played a pivotal part in helping Exeter students’ experience as amazing as possible! This of course includes the many casual student staff teams we’ve enjoyed working with over the years, we couldn’t have done it without you so thank you!
Vic Langer, Students’ Guild Interim Chief Executive:
“I want to pay testament to the hard work and professionalism of the staff who have worked in the outlets across the years, from putting on great nights out to proving essential supplies, they have added great value to the experiences of students at Exeter. On behalf of everyone at the Guild I want to say a huge thank you for everything that they have done and wish them all the very best for their move to the University.”
Going forward, we will still be involved through the Commercial Operations Co-ordination Committee, which will ensure that student voices are listened to on decisions on commercial outlets, as well as protecting the importance of value for money.
Liv Harvey, Vice President Activities, and Sunday Blake, Guild President:
“We are really excited about this new opportunity to work closely with the University to continue to offer a great commercial offering for our students. Whilst the commercial transfer does mean that ownership transfers to the University, we look forward to working closely with the University through a partnership board to ensure that our outlets continue to offer what our students want to see and make sure their voices are at the heart of all decisions made.”
Mike Shore-Nye, University Registrar:
“I am pleased that we have been able to support the Students’ Guild in this way. Our close working partnership with them is a crucial factor in the way we develop our support for students, and I would like to thank them for their continued hard work. We look forward to further strengthening the services available on campus and online.”
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