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Community Liaison Manager

Rory Cunningham is the Community Liaison Manager for the University, promoting positive relationships between student residents and permanent residents living in communities surrounding the Streatham and St Luke’s campuses.

This role evolved from ongoing partnership work of the University, Exeter City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and Exeter's Students' Guild.

Tel 01392 723721

Community Engagement Team

To raise queries with our Community Engagement Team (non emergency)
Phone 01392 723721 Email communityengagement@

Estate Patrol Exeter

The University's Estate Patrol provides a 24 hour service on campus. They deal with matters of security and safety and can be called to report or discuss off-campus incidents involving students. Estate Patrol can be contacted at any time on 01392 263999.

You can find out more information on the Security webpages.

The University in the community

We understand that social differences between student residents and local residents can sometimes cause tension. We believe that such tensions can be resolved when there are more opportunities for communication and meaningful engagement. The University's Community Liaison Manager works to enhance relationships with local communities.

This section of the website describes some of the ways our Community Engagement Team support students to integrate positively when living in private accommodation. We work in close partnership with the City Council, the Police, Resident Associations and other community groups, to promote positive engamement. We also invest in a series of projects and campaigns, like the glass-caddy scheme and the end-of-year waste collection scheme 'Students on the Move', as well as a range of ongoing initiatives like community gardening, litter-picking and 'meet your neighbour' events.

If you have any questions about the work we do or would like to raise a concern that we can explore, please contact the team at any time, please call or email 

Community Engagement News

Please be considerate of your neighbours

Please continue to be mindful of noise levels, as you may have neighbours with young families, or early morning work commitments. 

If arranging a gathering, it is important to socialise safely and considerately by consulting the noise section of the Community Guide (pages 26-29). Noise in the street can carry and have a big impact on all our community. Consider those who need to sleep, particularly during the week.

Please also be mindful with household waste as rubbish bags left outside can attract vermin who will attack bags and spread waste across the streets, particularly if there is food waste inside.

Check the iExeter bin app for council collection dates at your address. You can also download your bin calendar on the council website.

Free security marking service on campus

See the Community Engagement Team at their security marking events in The Forum. Talk to the team about how to keep you and your belongings safe and get your valuables marked/registered to deter theft and allow for them to be tracked and found more easily, should they ever be stolen.

This service is suitable for small valuables (e.g., mobile phones, laptops) and bicycles. We’re next in the Forum on 6, 12 and 29 February (10am - 3:30pm).

Have 'Fun a Day' for February

To participate, all someone needs to do is register and (1) pick a project, (2) do it daily throughout February, (3) document their daily works, (4) display their works at our community art show on 23-24 March. Participation is only limited by one’s imagination. For example, each day someone could:

• do a drawing/painting/print

• photograph something (e.g., different trees, the same tree, your cat, your stuffed animal collection, whatever!)

• bake something (e.g., a different type of scone) and photograph your creations

• collect something (e.g., leaf from a different type of tree)

• write a poem or haiku

• walk a different trail and print out the trail maps

• make something with clay/silly putty/Lego and either show the 28 creations or photograph them

• knit or crochet something

• play a game (e.g., chess) and photograph the board mid-game


Registration is required to participate.

For questions, please email


Living in private accommodation: Be on your best bin behaviour for Christmas!

The Community Engagement Team and the City Council’s recycling team have worked together to provide guidance to you about how to handle your waste. Keep an eye out for the CEO team who will be delivering these helpful pamphlets over the next few weeks before the end of term. For those leaving for the winter holidays, please be mindful to bring your bins in before you leave as your bin could be confiscated by the council (and you’ll have to pay a fine to get it back!). You can read the leaflet

House hunting tips

Looking for a property to live in next year? Finding somewhere to live in the city can be tricky.

You can find lots of information and resources through the University's Move Smart Campaign and our other pages here: Community- Students' Information, Accommodation Team, Student's Guild.

There are lots of support teams ready to help you find accommodation. 

Volunteering opportunities available

For those interested in volunteering there are loads of options both on campus and in the city that you can join (for free!):

  • Community Garden at Streatham campus: Meet every Wednesday and Saturday. Contact the team to find out where on campus they are.
  • St Luke’s Volunteer Garden (SLUG): The garden group are looking for volunteers every Wednesday (between 12 – 2pm). All staff and students are welcome. This hidden gem is located at the rear of the Medical School
  • For Student Volunteer Week- join the Exeter Student Volunteers Society with their upcoming events here.
  • For more information other pop-up volunteering opportunities or community events, please contact

Community Engagement Team

The Community Engagement Team encourage the integration of students as active citizens and facilitate the work of the Community Liaison Officer. Community Engagement Officers work closely with the Students’ Guild, local Police and City Council to support fellow students living off-campus.

There are three Community Engagement Officer teams. The Exeter East, West and Central Teams provide a supportive presence to students living across the wards of St James, St David's, Pennsylvania, Newtown and Polsloe.

Community Engagement Officers conduct 'walkabouts' in their area, signpost students with community queries, attend community meetings and develop termly community projects. They also facilitate ongoing campaigns and initiatives, including the end of term 3, Students On The Move refuse removal scheme. They can help to security-mark your valuables, stencil your property number onto your bin and they also run a glass caddying scheme at the end of each term to help collect and recycle your glass.

Community Engagement Officers have access to the Community fund, financing projects that bring students and permanent residents together. 

Local Community Engagement Officers wear branded Community Engagement Officer jackets, hoodies and polo shirts and are always happy to chat. To contact directly please email

The Community Engagement scheme has been developed and supported by the University, Exeter Community Safety Partnership, and Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.