Campaigns, activities and initiatives
The Provost Commission is a group set up to recommend and implement new approaches, events, initiatives and policies to ensure we are an open, diverse and safe university community for all.
Set up by our Provost, Professor Janice Kay, the Commission is made up of students, members of the Students' Guild and FXU, and colleagues - including our Speak Out Guardians. We are also engaging with our alumni and other stakeholders and partners locally, nationally and internationally to ensure we take the right approach.
Speak to someone
Our Speak Out Guardians and network of Dignity and Respect Advisors support the university in being an open and transparent place to work and study, where all staff and students are actively encouraged and enabled to speak out, specifically about any dignity and respect issues.
Voices is a student-led campaign run through Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union, providing a platform for people whose voices might previously have been lost in the noise.
Individuality Speaker Series
The University of Exeter believes that there is a need for a cultural shift at Exeter. Through this speaker series we want to bring in national and international inclusivity champions to interact with our community, to share global best practice but also to challenge the day-to-day conscious or unconscious bias we may exhibit as members of this community.
The Intervention Initiative
The Intervention Initiative is a free resource with an educational toolkit to be used by universities and colleges for the prevention of sexual coercion and domestic abuse in university settings. It was created at UWE (University of the West of England) Bristol and funded by Public Health England.
The Truth Project
The Truth Project is an opportunity for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to share their stories in a non-judgemental, confidential setting. It is part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) which was set up in 2015 to investigate organisations and institutions that have failed to protect children from sexual abuse.
The University of Exeter is among 7 universities that have agreed to take part in a pilot to help raise awareness of the Truth Project to students. The pilot will take place from October 2018-March 2019, after which the University will feedback learning from the pilot to the sector.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity team
Find out about our equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) vision, policies, inclusivity toolkit and support available through our dedicated EDI team.
Incidents motivated by hostility on the basis of protected characteristics may be hate crimes which are reportable to the police.
In 2014, the importance of raising awareness of sexual harassment on and around campus became an important issue for the student community here at Exeter. In the wake of issues of cat-calling, lad culture banter and similar incidents, the then elected Sabbatical team - Rachel Gillies, Kate Hawkins, Matthew Bate, Ben Street and Andy Hingham - understood how much of a problem this was becoming for students and the need to address and educate people on what constitutes sexual harassment and the need to call people out on such behaviour. Thus, Exeter’s #NeverOK campaign was born.