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 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 email@example.com
Community Engagement News
Glass caddy scheme returns for the winter
The hugely successful Glass caddy scheme has returned to transport student’s glass waste to recycling points. This collection service is only offered to students living in private housing who don’t have access to a car or don't live within walking distance to a bottle bank.
We have some collection dates available in November and December:
24 and 28 November
6 and 11 December
Book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the desired collection date and the first line of your address. Please book at least 24 hours before the collection date to avoid disappointment- there is a limited amount of collections slots and we are on a first-come, first-served schedule. Last-minute requests will not guarantee you a collection.
Once we have confirmed your collection date, we will confirm whether you will receive a morning or afternoon collection slot. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a precise collection time.
If you have any queries regarding your waste, please contact our team.
International Student Volunteering Day
Help clear Exeter streets by joining the Community Engagement Team and Exeter Student Volunteering (ESV) Society with their end of term litter pick. Please email our team for details of where we’ll meet and if you’re interested to join so we can bring enough equipment for everyone. This is a great volunteering opportunity to add to your CV!
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 Wednesday 5 December (11am - 1:30pm).
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.
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 more information other pop-up volunteering opportunities or community events, please contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Engagement scheme has been developed and supported by the University, Exeter Community Safety Partnership, and Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.