The Students' Guild and FXU

Students' Guild

The Students’ Guild is the students’ union for Exeter-based students. Recognised as one of the UK’s leading students’unions, the Guild is central to student life.

Every student is automatically a member of the Students’ Guild – an award winning, member-led organisation which exists to represent all our students. All 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, opportunities and services – the Guild will help to ensure you have the best possible university experience at Exeter.

Services include:
Representation: The Students’ Guild supports a network of elected student representatives who champion students and drive change. Reps are elected to represent specific groups, advocate particular issues or to sit on Guild Council. Any student can stand to be elected as a rep and ensure that the student voice is heard at every level and on every issue.

Entertainment: The Lemon Grove is the Students’ Guild’s on-campus venue, hosting regular club nights and live gigs. Every Saturday approximately 1,200 students descend for Exeter’s biggest student night: ‘The Lemmy’. The Ram Bar hosts evening events throughout the week, including regular quiz nights, ‘Rameoke’ and Ram Jam live music, while the Great Hall has seen acts such as Tinchy Stryder, Muse, Professor Green and the Kaiser
Chiefs.

Societies and student groups: There are more than 240 Guild affiliated societies covering a wide range of interests. Learn a new skill, develop an existing hobby or even start your own society. Meet students who share your interests for activities, trips and ‘socials’. Our student groups include our awardwinning student media; Xpression FM, Exeposé and XTV, which have provided the springboard for the successful careers of many Exeter alumni; and a host of music and theatre groups who put on shows all year round. Whether it’s arts and culture, political and campaigning, or outdoor and adventure, there will be something for you to get involved in.

Advice Unit: Offering a range of support whether you need someone to listen or are looking for advice. Friendly, trained advisors can be contacted in person, by phone or by email to discuss any problems you might be experiencing in your university or personal life. The team can provide confidential support or signpost you to expert advice if needed.

Fundraising and Volunteering: Raise and Give (RAG) is our student fundraising group. In 2016/17 RAG raised £255,982 through the hard work of more than 1,000 students who volunteered their time to raise money for local, national and international charities. Exeter RAG host a multitude of events each year and organise international fundraising excursions, including treks to Machu Picchu and Everest Base Camp, marathons and more. Exeter Student Volunteers (ESV) run community volunteering projects including: Summer Adventures – a summer camp for young carers, community cleaning and dog-walking projects.

Freshers' Week in Exeter

Freshers’ Week is your opportunity to find your feet before term begins. It is a great introduction to life at the University of Exeter. We’ll make sure that you get to know your way around, make friends and ease yourself into the
academic side of life by meeting your tutors and fellow students. During Freshers’ Week you’ll find out about the Students’ Guild, Student Support Services, our IT and library facilities, and the Sports Park.

All the events are optional – you can join in as many or as few of these as you like. The sports teams run taster sessions and trials, and all the societies will compete for your attention at the Activities Fair. Although attendance
at Freshers’ Week is optional, most students say ‘don’t miss it’. It’s your chance to thoroughly enjoy yourself and settle into your new home before term begins.

Your Sabbatical Officers

The Students’ Guild is led by elected Sabbatical Officers (or ‘Sabbs’) who represent the needs and views of the student body within the Guild, to the University and on the national stage. The Sabbatical Officers have an open-door policy and can be contacted at any time to discuss ideas, questions or concerns in their office in Devonshire House.

Students' Guild President

The president chairs the Students’ Guild Board of Trustees and sits on a number of senior university committees, ensuring that students’ needs are represented at the highest level. During their time in office, the president works to ensure that students at the University of Exeter receive the best possible experience.


"Getting involved with Guild elections and societies has helped me make some of the best friends I have had at university. Being on committees for societies and being involved with academic representation has given me experiences to talk about at interviews for placements and jobs. Exeter is an incredibly fun and inclusive place if you come in with an open mind and get involved with everything that’s on offer."

Shades, Guild President 2017/18

Students’ Union (FXU)

The University of Exeter in Cornwall offers the best of both worlds – studying at one of the best UK universities in the world and the incredible opportunities this provides, all while living by the sea in a beautiful part of the world.

I graduated with a BA in Geography in 2018 and in my three years here fell in love with the community on this campus and the amazing places to explore. Studying here offers some unique opportunities to create and collaborate, especially sharing our home with the creative students at Falmouth University.

Alongside studying, your Students’ Union really offers the chance to have fun and find what you enjoy. FXU currently have 139 student groups, covering societies, sports and volunteering. You also have the chance to become a student representative to cause real change to your course and the university. Whether you try something new or carry on your long-term interests, the chances are the people you meet here will become your second family at university.

Your time at university goes so fast, and by the end of it you probably won’t want to leave the sand and the shores. This is the time to challenge yourself, and the Students’ Union is always here to provide new things to do and see.

Izi Robe FXU President Exeter 2018/19.

Your students’ union

Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union (FXU) is the Students’ Union for both the University of Exeter in Cornwall and Falmouth University students. FXU is here to represent your student voice and enhance your student experience from Freshers to graduation and beyond.

FXU Presidents

FXU has a team of four Presidents, representing both universities. Izi Robe is President Exeter for 2018/19, Sarah Redman is President Student Experience, Callie Edwards is President Falmouth and Harry Bishop is President Community & Welfare..

Student Voice

The student voice is at the heart of everything FXU does and there are some excellent opportunities to get involved with student leadership and representation. Visit our website to find out more about the roles available and how to get involved.

Sports

There is a huge range of sporting opportunities available through FXU, including various clubs (from Quidditch to Underwater Hockey) and the Sports Bursary Scheme, which provides additional funding for students of exceptional sporting talent.

Societies

Extracurricular activities are strongly encouraged at FXU and you can get involved with everything from societies relating to your studies to something a bit more quirky, such as Stitching, Fetish or Meditation.

Raise and Donate (RAD)

RAD stands for Raise and Donate and that’s exactly what we support you to do - raise thousands of pounds for local, national and internationally recognised charities. RAD is completely run by student volunteers, hosting cakes sales, Jail Breaks, sporting events, charity challenges abroad and much more.

Volunteering

FXU provides quality opportunities for you to volunteer in Cornwall, allowing you to try new experiences, developing skills and to make a difference. We work with a range of community partners, charities and Student-Led Projects to provide you with the volunteer experience you are looking for.

Events

When people think of a students' union it's more than likely that the first word that comes to mind is events - and we put on some absolute crackers! On top of the outstanding Freshers programme we also host some pretty incredible events throughout the year - as do our incredible student groups.

Advice

FXU Advice Service’s primary role is to deliver free, confidential, impartial advice and guidance to all University of Exeter Cornwall Campus and Falmouth University students.

FXU is award-winning

  • We are proud to be recognised for the work we do for our students, here are a few of our recent awards:
  • NUS Officer Team of the Year 2016-17 and 2015-16
  • NUS Green Impact 2016-17 - Good Rating
  • National Societies Awards 2016-17 – Best Hobby and Interest Society: Wild Doc Soc
  • National Societies Awards 2016-17 – Best Cultural and Faith Society: Islamic Society
  • Partnership Award - FXU achieved the Partnership Award from the Higher Education Academy for our co-operative relationship between FXU, The Students’ Guild and the University of Exeter.

Find out more about your Students’ Union.