Leader able to effect change

Name Will Page
Email W.Page@exeter.ac.uk
Position Student Engagement Officer
Division Academic Services

Students as Change Agents

Students as Change Agents is an ambitious scheme that enables students to take an active role in improving their experience of University. Students are encouraged to identify areas where they think there is room for improvement, and then explore the possible solutions with their fellow students, with support from staff to put their plans into action.

Change Agents projects allow students to develop their skills as leaders able to effect change, and have a number of other benefits for students taking part. The most notable benefit is seeing the improvements made by putting their change into action, however, in addition to this, Change Agents develop research, project management and communication skills which will be attractive to prospective employers. Students get the satisfaction of knowing they’ve left a legacy for future students to benefit from and be inspired by.

The Students as Change Agents scheme enables positive changes to be made to teaching and learning at the University and encourages partnership between students and staff. As Will explains: "The University recognises that we get the best results from working hand in hand with our students. The Change Agents scheme allows students to create and run projects which have a positive impact on any part of their experience".

What students say:

  • “If you’ve got an idea, no matter how small or big it is, just go for it, because it’s fantastic to work for a University who are able to put that in place…it’s definitely worth pursuing it”.
  • “I think at the end of the day, there is opportunity out there, and if you have the drive, if you have the passion, the ideas…we have a fantastic Students’ Guild…[and] University…which allow you to live these ideas, and to make them come alive”.  

Additional resources

Engaging students

"...we take our students' dreams, and we help turn them into a reality".

Students as Change Agents

"Personally what I got out of my Change Agents project was..huge confidence in myself".