My pledge is to offer help, advice and support to enable people to be the best that they can be.
Community is important to me – the whole concept of community is realising the value of each other, and working with each other to try and make a better place in which everyone can live.
For me, community means being able to communicate with other mentors and students in a relaxed environment, so everybody feels comfortable and can talk to each other. That’s a great sense of community because everybody is willing to help each other.
The whole point of community is sharing, discussing and growing together. In a community, you strengthen each other, build each other up, and work on each other’s skills. You learn from each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and you help each other grow.
Shared value is the foundation of community building. So we can learn and understand the power of community. The value of community has always been important to me, as it helps to build ideas in a team or even voice values of individuals.
Community is inherent in teaching and research at the Penryn Campus. This University is part of the community, and invests in the community – we are a large employer, contribute financially, and have colleagues working directly with local community activists. There are many ways that we engage with the local community, including talking to them and giving open talks.
We are situated in the middle of a geographic location, and should spread positivity and development to those around us. The outreach programmes we are conducting do just this – they provide direct benefits to those in our locality, improving relationships with local communities.
It’s really nice to be able to feel a sense of community in somewhere that, for many people, is the first time they have been away from home. The Guild is a safe space, completely inclusive of everyone and everything that they do. This allows students to find out what they enjoy, and we support them in this.
Our students arrive in a new community that they don’t always understand at first. It is so important for our students to engage with the wider University community, and we encourage them to participate in academic decisions, societies, sports, and voluntary work. This helps them to adapt to the new community in which they find themselves.
Community is vitally important. We want to make sure all our students become part of our Exeter community, and that they understand what it is. It’s about diversity and creating a whole, complete community on the campus.
As a Widening Participation assistant my mission is to extend the hand of education to all members of the community and therefore help to make the University a thriving and inspiring place to be, for all.
When I think of community, I think of the word Partnership. We have fantastic academic communities here, where students and staff work together effectively to make changes to courses, get involved in research and to form a real supportive network.
I pledge to challenge and inspire colleagues and myself to a build positive culture at the University.