At our campuses in Exeter, the Students’ Guild (Exeter’s Students’ Union) is central to student life and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading students’ unions. The Guild is a dynamic, innovative and award-winning organisation, existing to represent all the diverse students of the University of Exeter. The Guild is a member-led organisation, which means all our students have a say in the running of the Guild and it often sets national records for turnout in students’ union elections. Through the representation that the Guild is able to provide, as well as the broad and exceptional range of services and activities, we are confident that you’ll have the best possible university experience at Exeter.
Having just won The Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’, joined the Russell Group of leading research universities and climbed up the national league tables, Exeter is truly an amazing place to study this year. While your degree will play an integral part of your time at university, it is the student experience at any institution that makes it truly exceptional. The ‘Exeter Experience’ is, by far, the best!
The Students’ Guild here is one of the finest unions in the country, and it is easy to see why. With over 180 societies for you to enjoy and volunteering opportunities ranging from fundraising to subject-based volunteering, there is never a dull moment once you are a student at Exeter. Through the Guild, students also have access to a number of part-time jobs and the chance to get involved in campaigns and student representation. Whatever you want to become involved in, the Guild can offer you support to do so.
I work alongside four other sabbatical officers elected to represent the views of the students to the University and other organisations and to ensure you have the best time you can at university and beyond. This could be via participating in events, community engagement or shaping your academic experience. At Exeter, the student voice is heard loud and clear, so if there is something you are not happy with you can change it!
Exeter is a truly unique location to study. It’s just two hours from London by train, ten miles from the sea and in the heart of a beautiful, vibrant city. Moreover, the University of Exeter is made up of a hugely diverse student body which works together and engages in all aspects of Guild and university life, and out of everything that the University has to offer, it is this student body that makes Exeter the renowned institution it has become.
Nick Davies, Students’ Guild President 2012/13
The Cornwall Campus Students’ Union is known as FXU and jointly represents students of the University of Exeter Cornwall Campus and Falmouth University (FXU stands for Falmouth and Exeter Union). Students from each institution have their own Student President and the support of a joint Welfare President. As with the Guild in Exeter (of which you’ll automatically be a member, too), FXU will play a major role in your student experience, starting with a programme of Freshers’ activities. FXU organises events on and off campus, helps students to set up and run sports clubs and societies, has a successful Community Action and RAG base, and runs a support and advice service.
Cornwall is fantastic. There’s no other way to put it.
Now, I’ve heard plenty of people comment on the rumour that ‘little happens in Cornwall’ but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
You’ve got everything you could want or need and in a lush, green countryside surrounded by the beautiful Atlantic no less. A vibrant and colourful nightlife full of quaint and charming independent pubs, bars and clubs, with everything from live folk gigs to house and dub on offer; there’s a little bit of everything for everyone. Not to mention all the outdoorsy stuff that the county is a perfect setting for: surfing, sea-swimming, kayaking, rock-climbing, coasteering, kite-surfing, wind-surfing and dozens of various sports clubs – you name it, Cornwall’s got it. Sure, it’s not the heaving metropolis that London is but, if anything, that’s a bonus. It’s all about feeling at home here.
FXU offers many sports and societies ranging from hockey and rugby to Bee Soc and Capoeira.
I can say that FXU helps offer students a great life, and the opportunities you'll find here can help set you up with a career for life.
Jay Bjorkmann, FXU President, 2012/13.
If you want to know more about the Students’ Guild or FXU, or just have a few questions you feel students are more qualified to answer, feel free to get in touch.
For students based in Exeter, you’ll find our Students’ Guild website helpful with all our contact details and our forums.
For students based at the Cornwall Campus, please see the FXU Students’ Union website.