Students' Guild and Postgraduate Society

The Students' Guild

The Students' Guild separate the very specific needs of the postgraduate research and taught communities. In addition to the Postgraduate Society they have a Postgraduate Research Liaison Forum. Postgraduate Taught academic representation is via Staff Student Liaison Committee meetings. The Guild have a Postgraduate Masters’ Officer and a Postgraduate Research Officer, both of whom sit on Guild Council.

You can find out more about postgraduate representation on the Student Guild's webpages.

Postgraduate Society

The Postgraduate Society is about ensuring your postgraduate experience at the University of Exeter is fun and rewarding, and is dedicated to representing postgraduate students’ social and recreational needs. Run by a committee of students, it can help you make the most of your time at Exeter.

The Society organises socials, trips to other cities and places of interest, and provides everyone with opportunities to meet other postgraduates, celebrate successes and gives the chance to relax from studying. The Society will help you to make memories and friendships that last into your professional life and beyond.

The Postgraduate Society is the only society at the University geared towards postgraduate students. The society's primary goal is to enhance the student experience for postgraduates by providing a forum for cross-departmental interaction through social events like pub quizzes, day trips, dinner parties and more. We hold at least one event per week, ensuring there is always something exciting going on!

Nathan Mahlmeister, President of the Postgraduate Society and postgraduate researcher in Engineering

All new postgraduate students are invited to Freshers' Week immediately before the start of the academic year. There are a number of dedicated events for postgraduates, which give you a formal introduction to the University as well as allowing you to spend some time with your new academic colleagues before your studies officially begin. Freshers' Week also gives you the chance to get involved with student societies and sports clubs, to settle into your accommodation and get to know the city and surrounding area.

For students studying at the Penryn Campus, there are college-led academic programmes of events in conjunction with the activities organised by the Students’ Union during Freshers’ Fortnight.

In Exeter, thousands of students sign up to over 180 different Guild-affiliated societies. These societies cover a wide range of activities enabling our students to get fully involved with university life. Societies range from the conventional (such as English Soc, Ski Club, Photosoc and Jazz Orchestra), to the more esoteric (such as the Chocolate Society and Hide and Seek Society). You can get involved with the running of any of these and if there’s a society you want that we don’t have, we’ll help you set it up. The full list is available on the Guild website.

The range of clubs and societies is a cornerstone of the Penryn Campus, with FXU providing practical support, as well as subsidies for many activities to help reduce the cost of getting involved. Clubs vary from the traditional sports of rugby, football and hockey to the more unusual paddleboarding and Tremorz (street dance). Other popular groups include the Hip Hop Society, Exploration, Bee Soc and the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Society. There’s an ever-growing list of student clubs, so if we don’t currently have the one you want, FXU will help you set your own up once you’re here! The full list is available on the FXU website.