Exeter Socialist Studentsis a non-affiliaite poltical society that focuses on student issues caused by asuterity and governemental along with univerity cuts. As a non-denominational leftist group, we aim to be an inclusive safe space for all – regardless of your political position. So whether you’re a diehard anarchist, hardcore Marxist, or you’ve just thought about flirting with Orwell a couple of times, we’re the society for you.
We enjoy strong links with other societies and organisations on campus, such as the Feminist Society and Exeter defend education. Through our participation in FemSoc events, we attended the 'Reclaim the Night' march in order to support gender equality and stand in solidarity with intersectionality related causes. Our society participates regularly in campus politics, ranging from activity on the Guild council to demonstrations and debates. Our yearly attendance to free education dmeonstrations accross the UK is steadily increasing, showing an increase in political involvement amongst students. With the help of our members, our society helped start up a free univeristy initiative which was free to join and participate in. This political model which reflected direct student democracy was run by students themselves, univeristy staff, and guest speakers- being one of the first student groups in the country to do so.
As of September 2015, our society is starting up a housing co-op that will tackle high accommodation rents set by the univerisity along with overpriced housing contracts in Exeter. The univerisity's accommodation prices are starting to parallel private company prices, which is a financial problem that all students struggle with. This issue is becoming more relevant due to the scrapping of maintenance grants that were a neccessary helping hand to students who came from a low income family.
We meet every week on a wednesday to discuss different topics of interest (often inviting guest speakers), plan our campaigns, and head down to the pub for a catch-up. As a political society and as a group of friends, we feel that we can offer a lot to all students, regardless of their politics. We hope to see you soon!