Engineers Without Borders Society

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Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB-UK) is a national student-led charity aimed at removing barriers to development through engineering, of which Exeter is a relatively new, yet successful, branch. We aim to aid the development of communities where infrastructure is a problem by using our unique engineering skills to do this. We have students from all disciplines involved – you don’t have to be an Engineer to be part of EWB-Exeter!


EWB Exeter has a very successful Outreach programme. In the past couple year we have reached over 500 children in the local community through workshops and assemblies, both in primary and secondary schools. National Science and Engineering Week saw us run 5 different workshops, each to 60 children! All our Outreach volunteers are also STEM Ambassadors.


Outreach isn’t the only thing we do though. In previous years we have run a training weekend on a farm in Devon – this is among the most popular in the country and we have requests from branches all over the UK to attend. As well as this, we frequently attend EWB-UK organised events such as the National Conferences, The Big Bang UK and the ‘Small is…’ festivals.


Each summer we also have many projects and placements available, all over the world, lasting from anything from three months to a whole year. Last summer, ten EWB Exeter members raised £10,000 to travel to Uganda for one month in order to install two rainwater harvesting systems and a composting toilet in the Mubende district of Uganda.


In order to fund our adventures, we hold fundraising events throughout the year. Some of the highlights have been the ‘Cycle in the Foyer’ which saw us racking up the miles on a turbo trainer in the foyers of Harrison building and Devonshire House, running the Exeter half marathon, kayaking along the River Exe and abseiling down buildings in the centre of town!


EWB-Exeter also organises academically related events including talks from professionals in the fields of development engineering and disaster relief, counting towards Civil Engineering degrees and undergraduate projects in development engineering.


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University of Exeter Students' Guild is a Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered Charity Number: 1136468 Company Number: 7217324; registered in England and Wales Registered office: Devonshire House, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4PZ