Rory Cunningham is the Community Liaison Manager for the University, promoting positive relationships between student residents and permanent residents living in communities surrounding the Streatham and St Luke’s campuses.
This role evolved from ongoing partnership work of the University, Exeter City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and Exeter's Students' Guild.
Tel 01392 723721
To raise queries with our Community Engagement Team (non emergency)
Phone 01392 723721 Email communityengagement@
The University's Estate Patrol provides a 24 hour service on campus. They deal with matters of security and safety and can be called to report or discuss off-campus incidents involving students. Estate Patrol can be contacted at any time on 01392 263999.
You can find out more information on the Security webpages.
The University in the community
We provide information and guidance for students living and socialising off-campus, also information for permanent local residents who live alongside students and have an interest in the University's development.
We understand that social differences between students and permanent local residents can sometimes cause tension. We believe that such tensions can be resolved when there are more opportunities for communication and meaningful engagement. The University's Community Liaison Manager works to enhance relationships with local communities.
The University also provides many services and facilities that are available to members of the public, contact us directly to find out more.
Community Engagement News
Please be considerate of your neighbours
As the end of term approaches, we understand that this is an important time to celebrate and catch up with friends. However, please continue to be mindful of noise levels, as you may have neighbours with young families, or early morning work commitments.
If arranging a gathering, it is important to socialise safely and considerately by consulting the noise section of the student guide (pages 26-29). Noise in the street can carry and have a big impact on all our community. Please consider those who need to sleep, particularly during the week.
Please also be mindful with household waste as rubbish bags left outside can attract vermin who will attack bags and spread waste across the streets, particularly if there is food waste inside. Check the iExeter bin app for council collection dates at your address. The Students on the Move scheme is back in action so this would be good to use if you have extra grey waste to dispose or if you're moving out before bin day.
Donate to charity
Having a sort out before you move out? Before throwing things away, remember you can donate things you no longer want, or need, through local charity shops. Items can include clothing, electrics, furniture, etc. As part of Students on the Move, there’s a partnership with British Heart Foundation, CoLab Exeter and TurnTable. You can take your items to their stores, or book a collection via their web pages. Please check before booking collections what items each charity can accept.
Free seagull deterrent bag giveaway
Request a free seagull deterrent bag (usually costing just under £6). Hurry! We only have 100 bags available and it’s on a first come-first served order. This offer is only available to students living in the city who don't have front garden storage. “What are seagull deterrent bags?” These thick-skinned bags deter wildlife from destroying plastic rubbish bags and spilling waste into the street. It’s not single use- you can put your rubbish bags inside so when the council collection team visit, they’ll only take the rubbish bags inside and leave your seagull deterrent bag for you to use again. You can easily get one for your household by emailing “Seagull deterrent bag” with the first line of your address to email@example.com. We also offer a free bin stencilling service (bins with stencilled house-numbers are less likely to be stolen!) If you have any queries look out for our team or email us.
Community Engagement Team
The Community Engagement Team encourage the integration of students as active citizens and facilitate the work of the Community Liaison Officer. Community Engagement Officers work closely with the Students’ Guild, local Police and City Council to support fellow students living off-campus.
There are three Community Engagement Officer teams. The Exeter East, West and Central Teams provide a supportive presence to students living across the wards of St James, St David's, Pennsylvania, Newtown and Polsloe.
Community Engagement Officers conduct 'walkabouts' in their area, signpost students with community queries, attend community meetings and develop termly community projects. They also facilitate ongoing campaigns and initiatives, including the end of term 3, Students On The Move refuse removal scheme. They can help to security-mark your valuables, stencil your property number onto your bin and they also run a glass caddying scheme at the end of each term to help collect and recycle your glass.
Community Engagement Officers have access to the Community fund, financing projects that bring students and permanent residents together.
Local Community Engagement Officers wear branded Community Engagement Officer jackets, hoodies and polo shirts and are always happy to chat. To contact directly please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Engagement scheme has been developed and supported by the University, Exeter Community Safety Partnership, and Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.