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.
Here is the University statement:
Through the course of this week, we have been considering the implications of the Prime Minister’s announcement about the ‘Rule of Six’, which comes into effect as of Monday, 14 September.
While our planned education activity is unaffected, it does mean that we have had to think differently about some of the activity we had planned in partnership with the Students’ Guild, The Student Union in Cornwall and the Athletic Union.
These three organisations had already instigated a ‘digital first’ approach to Freshers’/Welcome Week, with the vast majority of activity planned to take place online. The ‘Rule of Six’ means that we will have to limit clubs and societies to activities involving no more than six individuals, so some of the planned face to face events taking place over the next few weeks have had to be reduced in size.
Together, the Students' Guild, The Student Union in Cornwall and the Athletic Union are running over 1000 online activities from virtual pub quizzes to society taster events, including their big Freshers' Fair and Welcome Fayre which will both run digitally - we’re hoping there’s something for everyone to enjoy and we can’t wait to welcome you to our campuses!
This year our Freshers' and Welcome events will also be extended for those arriving to campus a little later.
More information can be found here: www.exeter.ac.uk/coronavirus/comingtocampus/students/#section7