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
To raise queries with our Community Engagement Team (non emergency)
Phone 01392 723721 Email communityengagement@
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 provide information and guidance for students living and socialising off-campus, also information for permanent local residents who live alongside students and have an interest in the University's development.
We understand that social differences between students and permanent 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.
The University also provides many services and facilities that are available to members of the public, contact us directly to find out more.
Community Engagement News
We'll be in the Forum...
Get useful tips and handy resources for you to take away from us.We'll be in the Forum on Monday 16 January, Wednesday 8 February and Friday 3 March (between 10:30am – 2:30pm). Themes we'll be covering: Keep your things safe- free security marking service for small valuables (mobile phones, laptops) and bicycles and tips to prevent house burgles.
Get creative in February
Participate in the community art show ‘Fun A Day’ at Positive Light Projects. Pick a project (it can be anything!), do it daily throughout February, document your daily works and display them at our group show 18-19 March 2023. For more information and to register click here.
If you’re living in the city and going away at the end of term, please remember that grey (refuse) waste must not be left outside if you are leaving Exeter for Christmas, and bins need to be taken back inside. Bins must not be left out between collections and must definitely be taken back in over Christmas. You will be charged for any bins that are taken away or stolen. A clear street is also the best Christmas gift to neighbours!
If you have concerns about waste backlogs - please contact us for advice.
For further details about waste/bins and leaving for Christmas - the council has produced this useful leaflet
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.
House hunting tips
Looking for a property to live in next year? Finding somewhere to live in the city can be tricky.
There are lots of support teams ready to help you find accommodation.
We’re looking for student volunteers to help garden with Bury Meadow Residents Association on 28 and 29 January. No need to bring tools! -advice and guidance will be given on the day. Make sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy and suitable shoes. Register your interest by contacting our team.
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 email@example.com.
The Community Engagement scheme has been developed and supported by the University, Exeter Community Safety Partnership, and Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.