The Students' Guild and FXU

Students' Guild

The University of Exeter is a fantastic place to study and live. While your degree is a massive part of your time at university, it’s your overall experience that makes it truly exceptional. The Students’ Guild works hard to ensure that your ‘Exeter Experience’ is second to none.

The Students’ Guild is our students’ union, and we provide hundreds of opportunities for you to take an active role in the University community. With more than 240 societies, 450 academic representatives, extensive volunteering opportunities and a vibrant range of retail and food outlets, there’s a lot to engage with and enjoy.

As Guild President I work alongside three other sabbatical officers, elected to represent students to the University, the community, and the wider world and ensure you have the best possible time while you’re here. The Guild gives students the opportunity to have their say and make change happen through campaigning and student representation. The student voice is heard loud and clear at Exeter, so whatever your interest or passion, we can help.

Laura-Jane Tiley, Students’ Guild President 2015/16.

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 an award-winning, member-led organisation, which exists to represent all our Exeter-based 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 and services that the Guild provide, we are confident that you’ll have the best possible university experience at Exeter.


Elected officers make sure your voice is heard within the University and wider community.

The Guild’s Advice Unit

Advice on legal, accommodation, financial and academic problems. If you need information on settling in to university life, or tips for successful house hunting, the Advice Unit also has a team of students on hand, who can provide friendly advice based on their own experiences at Exeter.


Your student listening service. Operated by a dedicated team of student volunteers, VOICE provides information, advice, or just a listening ear.


The Great Hall is the main live music venue on campus and has recently seen acts such as Tinchy Stryder, Newton Faulkner, Professor Green and Kaiser Chiefs. The Lemon Grove also hosts live music as well as regular club nights. Every Saturday over 1,200 students descend on the Lemon Grove for the ‘Lemmy’ club night and there are always a range of events organised by student-led societies to get involved with, including club nights and pub socials in the city centre.


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.


Our award-winning student media network is one of the most vibrant in the country. Based on the Streatham Campus, X-Media is made up of three student run media outlets: Xpression FM; Exeposé; and XTV. These provide high quality radio, news and TV, respectively. Involvement in the Guild’s media outlets has provided the springboard for the careers of several famous Exeter graduates, including Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Former XTV station managers are now working in the television industry.


RAG (Raising and Giving) is Exeter’s own student fundraising group. Each year it raises tens of thousands of pounds through the hard work of over a thousand students, who volunteer valuable amounts of time to help raise money for local, national and international charities. We also have one of the most active Community Action (CA) groups in the country. CA runs a number of weekly projects and one-off events. You could get involved with anything from running a Kids’ Camp, enjoying tea and cake with the elderly, redecorating a homeless shelter or cleaning up the beach, all of which can significantly contribute to your employability skills and CV.

More information

Visit the Students' Guild website for more information.

Students’ Union (FXU)

Cornwall is the perfect location for your academic endeavours, providing you with an ideal environment to take part in sport, volunteering and academia – all crucial for your student experience.

Falmouth and Penryn offer you a thriving student community in the heart of Cornwall. The local pub, club and bar scene suits those of you who want to socialise, whilst the beaches offer a chance to get away from the stresses of work. Not forgetting everything else that goes on here: fishing, coast-path walking, cycling, surfing, windsurfing and sailing - you’re going to love every moment of your student experience, so make the most of it. Cornish culture, coupled with the pristine coastline, will set you up nicely for your university life. You’ll really feel part of the community here, something that is unique to Cornwall.

The Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union (FXU) is your platform to getting involved. Whether you want to participate in sport, explore Cornwall or are seeking advice – we are here to help!

Chaz Maylon, FXU President, 2013/14.

I am currently the Chief Editor of Flex, the student newspaper, which is great to put on my CV. When I graduate I intend to move to South Africa where I want to work as an investigative journalist exposing political corruption, social crises and economic calamities in the hope of giving something back to my homeland.

Studying at the University of Exeter Cornwall Campus has been the single greatest experience of my life so far. I have made friends here who I will be socialising with well into my old age, I am doing a degree I am passionate about, I live in the best part of the UK and, on top of that, I am lucky enough to find inspiration for my poetry every single day.

Graham Barclay, BA English, Penryn Campus.

The Penryn Campus Students’ Union is known as FXU and jointly represents students of the University of Exeter Penryn 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, 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.


The FXU President works full-time to make sure your voice is heard within the University and wider community.

Student Support Service

Professional staff offer counselling, advice on student living, a nursery as well as accessibility and chaplaincy support.

Confidential advice

Independent of the University covering financial, housing, legal and academic issues.


The Stannary, with a 1,300 capacity, is the social hub of the campus and is fast becoming one of Cornwall’s best venues, with gigs, comedy and a weekly club night. As its status grows, so does the profile of the acts performing, which have included Chase and Status, Annie Mac and Wretch 32.

Sports clubs and societies

The range of clubs and societies is a cornerstone of the Penryn Campus. There’s an ever-growing list of student clubs. See our Societies and Sport pages for further details.


Students run the campus newspaper, Flex, and Radiowave radio station. Flex has an amazing 130 contributors from across all the programmes at the Penryn Campus who regularly submit work. It offers the opportunity for ambitious students to showcase their talent while gaining valuable work experience.


RAD (Raising and Donating) gives you the opportunity to make a difference, gain experience, make new friends and boost your CV. Regular charity partners include The National Trust, Surfers Against Sewage and the Monkey Sanctuary, but FXU can support you to raise money for your own good cause of choice.

More information

Visit the FXU website for further information