Find out what your Officer Team have achieved for you this term.
It has been a very successful term 2, with so many events and new initiatives implemented. Your Full-Time Officers have been working tirelessly to ensure that the student experience at Exeter is the best it can be.
Your Guild Officers this year have had 3 key priorities that they have worked on this year: Safety and Wellbeing, Innovation and Representation and Belonging and Inclusivity. These themes are interconnected, which is why all the officers have worked together this year to focus on these areas.
On the theme of Safety and Wellbeing we have had 4 big officer wins this year: the Gender Safety Project, Tender Training, Disabled Students Welcome Day, and Wellbeing Week.
The Gender Safety Project is being worked on in collaboration with an external consultant. We want to thank all 1,312 of you who filled out our ‘Night Safety Survey’, the insight you provided is extremely valuable as there is nothing more important than students feeling safe at night in their community. We will be working with the Gender Safety Group to implement actions that will address this critical issue.
During Refreshers week Marion launched the first Disabled Students Welcome Day, which was held online. It was such a lovely way to meet some of our students and speak about how to improve this event for future cohorts.
On the theme of Innovation and Representation we have had 5 big officer wins this year: Open Forum Discussions, Give it a Go Events, January Exams and Deferral Period, the New Student Feedback System, and the Improved Mitigation Policies.
In January, Bella worked with the University to create a separate May deferral period for students who were forced to defer on-campus exams due to the Omicron COVID-19 variant. Students had voiced their concerns about this to the Guild and the University, and thanks to Bella a compromise was created to ensure that these students will still be able to finish their degrees on time and graduate in July.
On the theme of Belonging and Inclusivity we have had 3 big officer wins this year: Creating Accessibility Resources, the Hardship Fund for Fuel Costs and various Liberation Campaigns.
Izzy is currently creating resources to help societies run accessible events as it is extremely important to us all that all our students can take fully part in societies and gain the most from their university experience.
Lily and our officer team celebrated LGBTQ+ History month in February with a series of events, talks and blogs designed to make every member of the LGBTQ+ community feel a sense of belonging, pride and celebration.
Marion celebrated International Women’s Day with many students celebrating the inspirational women in their lives.
Lily worked alongside the University to pitch and increase in Hardship Funding, especially tailored towards those students who have been impacted by the increasing fuel prices. We want to reduce any barriers facing our students when it comes to accessing their education, so this is a big win.
We’ve also successfully elected our new Leadership Team for 2022/23. Throughout the voting period it was wonderful to see all of our candidates campaigning for your votes and being so passionate about shaping your student experience. See our highlights from the week here!
Wishing you all a great Spring Break and we can’t wait to see you for term 3!