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Term 1 Officer Wins!

Term 1 Officer Wins!

Find out what your Officers have achieved so far.

Your Officer team have been working hard this term on their shared priorities (Safety and Wellbeing, Innovation and Representation and Belonging and Inclusivity). We’re proud to share their achievements with you and tell you what you can look forward to in Term 2!  If you’ve got thoughts on what the team should be focusing on to improve your student experience, let us know here.


Safety and Wellbeing

  • Something we’ve all been acutely aware of this term is the concern for the safety of women at night, and the worrying rise in cases of drink spiking. In response to this, Marion (VP Liberation & Equality) has been working very closely with the Provost Commission. An Independent Night Safety Scheme has been approved by students and staff. The scheme will be piloted towards the end of this academic year, for full launch in 2022/23.
  • Additionally, Izzy (VP Opportunities) and Marion will be ensuring anti-drink spiking aids are more widely available to the student body in Term 2.
  • The Officer team worked with the Girls Night In campaign in October to collaboratively set up a free event ‘Big Night In’ for any student to attend on the night chosen to boycott nightclubs.
  • Marion has also successfully implemented free menstruation products in a number of bathrooms across campus. Find out the locations and more about the period dignity scheme here.
  • Bella (VP Education) has successfully contributed to changes to mitigation including a new way to request a one week extension to coursework without needing to provide evidence.  This is intended to support you through your studies giving you more flexibility in how you work.  

 

Innovation and Representation

  • We’ve been reviewing our democratic structures  so that we can make it easier for you to get involved with our processes and make change. Part of this has been to raise awareness of the Officer team and what they can do for you. Hopefully you’ve seen us at one of our Spill the Tea events this term! We’ve hosted a session each month, some with a theme (e.g. Movember). Others are just your chance to grab a free drink and tell your Officers what’s on your mind. Look out for our next Spill the Tea in January, when we’ll be talking about becoming a candidate in our Leadership Elections!
  •  Bella has been working with the University to improve and innovate the way we gather your student feedback and act on it. We’ve got an exciting new system to pilot in January, watch this space!
  • Izzy has launched our new Let’s Talk series – your chance to have your say on key topics including societies, inclusivity, night safety, and important issues for PGR and international students. Your feedback is so important in helping your Officers represent you and the issues that matter in the work they are doing for you.
  • In response to issues raised through Let’s Talk sessions, the team are setting up working groups to tackle priorities in a number of areas including sustainability and wellbeing. We’ll let you know how you can get involved in Term 2.

 

Belonging and Inclusivity

  • Your Officers have worked on three key campaigns this term, Black History Month, Movember and Disability History Month. These campaigns have included student-led events, educational social media content and high-profile speaker events including our evening with poet Sophia Thakur. Your Officers are looking forward to hosting more campaigns in Term 2 including LGBTQ+ History month in February.
  • We’ve hosted more events on our St Luke’s campus including a great Freshers’ Fair and Give it a Go events including mini golf, gingerbread decorating and more!
  • Izzy has developed some great accessibility resources for society committees, including accessible venues in town to use for events, and how to make online content more accessible. We will be developing these resources with your input throughout the year.
  • Lily, your Guild President, has also worked with the University on a housing campaign with a focus on giving clear information and advice about finding accommodation, including specific advice for international students. If you’re still looking for a place to live, look at our resources.

 

We’ve got loads coming up in Term 2 for you to get involved with, including the working groups we’ve mentioned, as well as our Leadership Elections, Refreshers’ Week, Wellbeing Week and much more. Why not come along to a Spill the Tea session too, for a free drink and a chat. We look forward to seeing you!

Get in touch!

We’ll be out of the office from 20 December, check our social media accounts for the full details of when we’re back in the office and we will get back to any messages.

Lily president@exeterguild.com

Izzy vpopportunities@exeterguild.com

Bella vpeducation@exeterguild.com

Marion vpliberation@exeterguild.com

 

 

 

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