Getting involved

The Penryn Campus' Students' Union is known as Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union and represents students of the University of Exeter Penryn Campus and Falmouth University. They are the only Union in the country to represent students from two different universities. Students from each institution have their own Student President and the support of a joint Community and Welfare President. The FXU organises events on and off campus, helps students to set up and run an exciting array of sports clubs and societies, has a successful volunteering base, organise beneficial initiatives like the Green Living Project, and runs an Advice Service.   

Sports and societies

If you're looking to get involved in different sports clubs and societies - the Penryn Campus has it covered. The Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union organises events on and off campus, helps students to set up and run an exciting array of sports clubs and societies that you can get involved with. Find more information about these below:

The Penryn Campus's Students' Union is known as The Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union and represents students of the University of Exeter Penryn Campus and Falmouth University. They are the only Union in the country to represent students from two different universities.

Students from each institution have their own Student President and the support of a joint Community and Welfare President. The Union organises events on and off campus, helps students to set up and run an exciting array of sports clubs and societies, has a successful RAD (Raise and Donate) base, creates beneficial initiatives like The Green Living Project, and runs a free, confidential Advice Service, from the Penryn campus every Monday-Friday in term time. If you have any queries, the centre is there to help, offering advice on a range of issues including: student funding, accommodation, personal finance and academic queries. For more information, please email Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union student advice services.

The University of Exeter is one of the leading sporting institutions in the UK and boasts some of the best facilities in the South West. At our campus in Penryn, you'll find our Penryn Campus Sports Centre, the focal point for a variety of exercise classes, including aerobics, cardio kick, kettlebells, pilates and yoga. 


We have recently opened a new £4 million Sports Centre which includes a four-court sports hall, available to hire for a variety of sports and events, a Flexsi fitness suite offering a brand new programme of classes in a large, versatile studio and a spacious, 90-station gym equipped by leading UK experts Pulse Fitness.

Sports clubs

There are over 20 sports clubs to get involved with, and over 40 sport societies registered and running sessions through the Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union, offering something for everyone. The clubs are open to all students, whether you are an aspiring professional or interested in trying something new. You'll find dance societies, martial arts clubs, water sports to the more unusual Snorkel and Dive, Shinty and Tang Soo Do - there will be a society for you here.

Societies are a great way for you to meet new people with like-minded interests. At our Penryn campus in Cornwall, the Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union uniquely brings together students from both the University of Exeter & Falmouth University. This blending of both Universities creates an exciting, inclusive atmosphere, offering fantastic events throughout the year.

The Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union provides both social and academic support throughout your studies, whilst offering great opportunities for you to get involved with a variety of societies and sport clubs to suit your interests; from Uke (a Ukulele club), Underwater Hockey, Poker, Harry Potter Society to Animation Club! If you can't find one to suit your interests, you can even set up your own. If you're interested in seeing live music, The Stannery has seen an exciting line-up in recent years, from Chase and Status, Annie Mac and Wretch 32.

If your aspiring to work in the field of publishing then you can get involved with Penryn's very own student run publishing house, Penryn Press. They focus on creating ethically made publications, showcasing the best talent that Cornwall has to offer, working closely with local writers, artists and printers. 

Below we have highlighted three academic societies that you can get involved with: 

For a more extensive list, please visit the Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union society pages for more details.

Want to get something for the CV and do some good for your community or the wider world at the same time? Penryn and the Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union offer fantastic opportunities if you'd like to get involved in community outreach work or volunteering. There's a list of societies available on the Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union website and there are plenty of different ways to get involved and give something back.

Raise and Donate 

If you're thinking about getting involved and volunteering, RAD is a great platform to support local, national and international causes! From local activities in your area to charity fundraising further afield, RAD offers you the chance to meet like-minded people, develop new skills and add experience to your CV. In the past, RAD activities have included street collections (known as RAIDs, which can be held on campus and across bigger cities), sponsored events (skydive or fire walk), raffles, bingo, quizzes, themed nights, cake sales or jumble sales.

The Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union are keen to hear from you if you have new, innovative fundraising activities in mind, as they hold countless charity events throughout the year, and are looking to recruit and select a RAD Committee after Freshers' week! If you're keen to get involved and find out more about these opportunities, please email the RAD crew


The Union also offer you the chance to complete one-off volunteering activities, finding a cause and activity to suit you. If you enjoy a particular activity, you then have the chance to develop your experience into a student-led long term project, leading a small group and growing your interest from there. For more details about Volunteering, please contact the Falmouth & Exeter volunteering team. If you're interested in reading about a Humanities students' experiences of volunteering, please visit the FXU volunteer profiles page.

Student-led volunteering projects

If you're keen to help in the local community and gain responsibility with a particular project, our student-led scheme could be great for you. You'll gain valuable, transferable skills and experience, whilst developing your abilities to work cohesively in a team. To find out about previous projects and the funding support available, please visit the student-led volunteering projects page.

Student Reps

If you are passionate about your subject and want to enhance the experience for your peers, you can stand to become a Student Rep. The Student Reps maintain constant communication between undergraduate and postgraduate taught students and academic staff in the English and History departments in Penryn. Staff and Students meet regularly to acknowledge and promote good practice, but also discuss issues and raise concerns as well. These committees then take forward joint-initiatives, with the aim of providing the best educational experience for students possible. Student Reps play a vital role maintaining and improving the University of Exeter experience for all. Elections for the committees are facilitated by the Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union and normally take place in Term 1 every year.

Both English and History at Penryn have their own Student Reps. Students from each discipline take part in shaping employability services, improving and requesting library resources, and observing misconduct processes plus much more. Student Reps play a key role in promoting various activities, from the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Teaching Awards. To find out more about Student Reps and their roles, please visit the Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union website.

The Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union

If you fancy getting involved in the democratic process, the Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union is the perfect forum for you to enhance your student experience. Learn more about the current campaigns, elections and how you will be represented, by visiting the Student Voice webpages. 

Students as Change Agents

Students as Change Agents is an ambitious scheme that lets you take an active part in making your time at the University of Exeter even better. You can identify areas you want to improve, and then research solutions with your fellow students, which the College's Change Agent Representative will help you put into action as a Change Agents project.

There are loads of ways you can contribute during your time at Penryn. We have a Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union Blog, in which you can submit information and share your thoughts about the campus. You may also wish to contribute towards the University of Exeter's Student Blog, which is also regularly updated throughout the academic year.

If you're keen to join media related societies, there are many that you can join. Besides the musical societies that are organised by Falmouth & Exeter students, you can get involved with a variety of activities.

There is the student-run Falmouth Anchor newspaper. The Photography Society offers you the chance to develop your knowledge, attend workshops and gain useful photographic skills. To find out more about our facilities on campus, please visit our 'what's on campus' section of YourExeter. 

You can also keep in touch with our English and History Departments by following them @HumsPenryn on Twitter, and liking the Humanities Penryn page on Facebook. 

In second and third year, students from across the University of Exeter are invited to take part in Grand Challenges, a week-long programme in which undergraduates from different academic disciplines work alongside one another to tackle global issues of the 21st century. 

The Grand Challenges programme is designed to encourage you to approach problem-solving through multi-disciplinary research, beyond the parameters of your degree programme. Getting involved will also offer you some valuable project and teamwork experience for your CV, as well as give you the opportunity to engage with local employers, alumni and local businesses in the community.