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)

Here at the University of Exeter in Cornwall you have the wonderful opportunity of studying at one of the best UK universities, which also belongs to the prestigious Russell Group and is in the top 100 global universities. Exeter shares its Penryn Campus with Falmouth University, which enriches and diversifies your academic and extra-curricular experience.

I am a Flexible Combined Honours (English, History and Politics) graduate and have been elected by my peers to be FXU President Exeter. I am one of four Presidents who work full time to represent students and their experiences; collectively we will ensure that the highest levels of the University hear and act on your feedback.

We are a multiple award-winning students’ union working to improve your student experience and make sure your time here in Cornwall is the best that it can be, from a world-class course to delivering over 130 sports clubs, societies and volunteering groups (including everything from Harry Potter Society to Surf Club and climbing to Everest Base Camp)!

I fell in love with Cornwall, met some of my closest friends here and have no doubt that you will do the same.

I made the best choice studying here, where else would you have the opportunity to experience the personality of a small campus at a Russell Group University, along with an amazing seaside lifestyle?

Dean Pomeroy FXU President Exeter 2017/18 .

Your students’ union

Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union (FXU) is here to represent your student voice and enhance your student experience from Freshers to graduation and beyond.

What we offer:

  • Student Voice
  • Sports Clubs and Societies
  • Advice Service
  • Volunteering
  • Raise and Donate (RAD)
  • Events

FXU is award-winning

  • NUS Officer Team of the Year 2016-17 and 2015-16
  • NUS Green Impact – Good Rating
  • National Society Awards - Best Hobby and Interest Society
  • National Society Awards – Best Cultural and Faith society: Islamic Society

Find out more at FXU

FXU Presidents

FXU has a team of four Presidents, representing both universities (Dean Pomeroy is FXU President Exeter for 2017/18), as well as roles for Student Experience (Jamal Clarke) and Community & Welfare (Harry Bishop).


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.


Extracurricular activities are strongly encouraged at FXU and you can get involved with everything from societies relating to your studies to something 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.


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.


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.


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.