The Students' Union at Exeter is known as the Students' Guild and represents students studying at the Streatham Campus and St Luke's Campus. The Guild 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, organises beneficial initiatives, and runs an Advice Service.
When you become a student of the University of Exeter, you automatically become a member of the Students’ Guild. The Guild is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS), which will give you a voice nationally on student-related issues. Every year, four students are voted in as representatives (sabbatical officers) who are your voice to the University and wider community.
The Students' Guild is a democratic organisation led by four Sabbatical Officers (or ‘Sabbs’ as they are known around campus) who are elected to office each year. Guild Council scrutinises the work of the Sabbaticals and oversees the democratic processes within the Guild including elections and changes to Students' Guild policy and bylaws. Elections are held at key times during each academic year during which students stand for strongly contested positions such as Academic Reps, Guild Reps, positions on Halls Committee and many others.
The Students' Guild provides support to students with problems they might be experiencing during their time at University. The Advice Unit offers a wealth of information and helps with students’ worries and problems, whether they are Uni-related or not. From course problems and landlord issues to health worries or money difficulties, the Advice Unit is here to help and signpost students to expert support where necessary.
Getting involved with societies is a brilliant way for you to meet new people with like-minded interests. The University has over 200 societies for you to join and you can even set u[ your own! It's a great way to get involved with the university, whether you're wanting to have fun and make friends or become an expert fencer or knitter - and the Fresher's Fair in your first week lets you try everything out beforehand.
The societies are divided into:
- Academic/Employability (examples include Bright Futures, Entrepreneurs, Mature Students, Women in Business, etc.)
- Arts/Culture (examples include Campus Cinema, Creative Writing, Dead Poets Society, EUTCO, Footlights, Photography, Razz Magazine, Shakespeare, Shotgun Theatre, Theatre With Teeth, Third Culture Kids, etc.)
- Faith/Worldview (examples include atheist, Buddhist, Catholic, Evangelical, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Sikh, etc.)
- Fitness/Wellbeing (examples include Benchball, Body, Dance, DanceSport, First Aid, Kung Fu, Meditation, Pole Fitness, etc.)
- Media (formed of Exepose, Xpression FM and XTV)
- International (examples include African and Caribbean, Asian, Erasmus, European, Irish, Korean, Thai, Welsh, etc.)
- Music (examples include A Cappella, Campus Bands, ExTunes, Folk, Gillbert and Sullivan, Jazz, Rock and Metal, Soul, Symphony Orchestra, etc.)
- Political/Campaigning/Causes (examples include Animal Welfare, Debating, Feminism, LGBTQ, Model UN, UNICEF, etc.)
- Recreational (examples include 007, Baking, Chess, Disney, Game of Thrones, Quiddich, Poker, Retro Games, Tolkien, etc.)
- Student Groups (examples include Community Action, XMedia, Raise and Give, etc.)
- Outdoor/Adventure (examples include Hide and Seek, Out of Doors, Skiing, etc.)
There is never a chance to be bored! For the full list of societies at the Streatham campus, Exeter, view the Student's Guild website for more details.
Academic societies are a fantastic way to get to know the people on your course outside of the lecture theatre. They offer trips, socials, talks and advice throughout the year and some even have their own intramural sports teams. The Academic Societies include Archaeology, Art History and Visual Culture, Classics, Drama, English, Film, French, German, Hispanic, History, Italian, Liberal Arts, and Theology. Chinese, Russian and Spanish can be found in the International section.
Exeter is one of the leading sporting institutions in the UK and boasts some of the best facilities in the South West. In 2015/16 we were named ‘Sports University of the Year’ by The Times and Sunday Times and in 2016 our Men's Rugby team were crowned BUCS Champions.
The Athletic Union, or AU, is responsible for all student sports clubs at the University of Exeter. This includes competitive sport at a local, regional, national and international level, as well as recreational activities. There are over 50 sports clubs to get involved with as well as recreational intramural sport and sports volunteering in the local community. Many AU sports clubs compete in BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sports) inter-university competition. Exeter enters a large number of teams and individuals each year.
The clubs are open to all students, whether you are a future Olympian or interested in trying a sport for the very first time. Clubs range from hockey, rugby and cricket to the more unusual speleology, jui-jitsu and sub-aqua - there really is something for everyone.
Facilities and sports clubs
Sport is taken seriously at Exeter and over £20 million has been invested in facilities over the last decade. Our facilities are based on five main sites across Exeter, including: Duckes Meadow (grass pitches); St Luke's Sports Centre (indoor swimming); The Sports Park; The Nicholas Bull Boathouse (home of the University of Exeter's Rowing Club) and Topsham Sports Ground.
The Sports Park
At the Sports Park on campus, you will find facilities include: Astro Pitches; Athletic Development Centre; Exeter Tennis Centre; Sir Christopher Ondaatje Devon Cricket Centre; Sports Hall and Squash Courts. We've also opened Russell Seal Fitness Centre at the Sports Park, which brings a world class gym training facility to the University of Exeter.
The University of Exeter Sports Scholarship Scheme is one of the most prestigious in the UK, helping the best student athletes reach their full potential. The scheme provides a comprehensive support package and is tailored to suit the needs of each individual athlete. Many of our graduating scholars have progressed to a professional level in their chosen sport and represented their respective countries on the global stage.
Sports Scholarships are available to the most outstanding student athletes who show evidence of achievement at national or international level, primarily awarded to those competing in our Focus Sports.
Find out more and how to apply for a sports scholarship on our Sports Park website.
Exeter students are well known for their volunteering and working in the local community. As a Humanities student there are a range of activities you could get involved with; from volunteering at the RAMM (Exeter's museum), growing fruit and vegetables in the University's community garden or helping with an archaeological dig out at Ippleplen.
Our volunteering society is the largest in the country. You could volunteer with a political campaign that you're passionate about or with the Sports Volunteering Scheme, RAG (Raise and Give), href="https://www.exeterguild.org/societies/voice/">Exeter Nightline, or the Care Homes Reading Project!
There's a list of societies available on the Students' Guild website and there are plenty of different ways to get involved and give something back.
(RAG) Raise and Give
If you have an interest in charity fundraising then RAG is for you! They hold countless charity events throughout the year such as club nights, two RAG weeks, Exeter's Got Talent, raids, hitches and an international event. RAG are always on the lookout for new volunteers in lots of different capacities. You could help with event organisation, publicity or technical support or just take part in an event and donate a bit of money to a good cause!
Exeter Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run by students for students throughout the night during term time. Exeter Nightline gives students time and space to talk through whatever is on their mind. It is completely anonymous, confidential and prejudice free, so whatever your beliefs or circumstances, you can talk freely in confidence that you will not be judged. Exeter Nightline are always looking for new volunteers: you can either volunteer as a student listener or with their publicity and fundraising group called Raise Your Voice.
If you are passionate about your subject and want to enhance the experience for your peers, you can stand to become an SSLC representative. The Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) maintains constant communication between undergraduate and postgraduate taught students and academic staff in every department across the College of Humanities. 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 possible educational experience for students.
The College regards SSLCs as a vital part of maintaining and improving the Exeter experience for all. Elections for the Committees are facilitated by the Students’ Guild in Term 2 every year.
Every discipline within the College of Humanities has its own SSLC, led by an elected Subject Chair and attended by elected student Academic Representatives from every year of study. Students from each committee take part in shaping employability services, improving and requesting library resources, and observing misconduct processes plus much more. SSLCs play a key role in promoting various activities, ranging from events such as Research Uncovered and the Students' Guild Teaching Awards.
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. To find out about our recent projects, please take a look at the Students as Change Agents website.
Our award-winning student media network is one of the most vibrant in the country. Based on the Streatham Campus, X-Media is made up of: Xpression FM, Exeposé and XTV, providing Exeter with high quality radio, news and TV shows, respectively. Getting involved with, submitting material or pitching ideas to these media platforms offer fantastic opportunities to be creative, network and make friends.
Involvement in the Guild’s media outlets has provided the springboard for the careers of several famous Exeter graduates, including Thom Yorke of Radiohead, who was a DJ, and Emma B, who was a Guild Sabbatical Officer. Over the years, our Exepose writers, photographers and designers have gone on to work for major publications, including The Guardian, The Daily Mail, the BBC, OK!, Xbox 360 Magazine, and many other titles. Several of the station managers who have been in control at XTV are now working in the television industry for companies such as the BBC, Carlton and FoxTel in Sydney. Previous members have also used XTV to build portfolios for film school applications and to get into television work. To find out more, please visit the Student Media website.
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.