One of the projects being funded by the Annual Fund is the new post of University Head Lacrosse Coach.

One of the projects being funded by the Annual Fund is the new post of University Head Lacrosse Coach.

Annual Fund supports 23 projects across the University

More than £80,000 donated by alumni and supporters is set to fund a range of projects across the University of Exeter. A total of 23 projects are being supported by the Annual Fund, the University’s annual fundraising appeal in the second round of disbursements this year.

Projects being supported range from funding for the new post of University Head Lacrosse Coach, support for an initiative to conduct high-altitude balloon experiments into Near Space and the purchase of steel drums to be used by student musicians.

A special disbursement panel made up of donors, staff and students recommended which projects should be funded through the Annual Fund. The Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) received 57 applications for funding from the Annual Fund. One of the projects being funded is the new post of University Head Lacrosse Coach. This role will oversee the coaching needs of all the University performance squads and teams as well as developing wider participation in the sport.

Community outreach work and coaching, in conjunction with English Lacrosse, will also be part of the role.Nick Beasant, Assistant Director of Sport, says: ‘Exeter has quickly become one of the leading lacrosse universities in the UK, with both men’s and women’s 1st teams finishing high in their BUCS Leagues and reaching the quarter-finals of the National championships. A full time coach will deliver that extra structure and professionalism which all the teams require, making Exeter one of the best lacrosse playing universities in the country.’

Projects supported by the Annual Fund (shown with funding allocated):

  • Festivals Programme 2010 – support international students by funding high profile Chinese New Year celebrations and pilot to extend programme to include Diwali and Christmas celebrations across all campuses.
  • XTV Equipment Upgrade – funding to purchase additional camera equipment for XTV – the student television station.
  • Enabling Artwork on the Cornwall Campus – funding to allow artworks to be displayed at the Cornwall campus.
  • Exe-Change 6th Form Law Student Mentoring Project with Local Schools – support for a mentoring project to pair sixth form students from Exeter and the surrounding area who are considering a law career with University students as mentors.
  • Microscopy Visualisation Suite – funding for an interactive whiteboard with a camera that can be connected directly to research microscopes to give students an excellent and innovative way to explore the science of microscopy and gain the maximum benefit from their research time at Exeter.
  • Democracy Hub – to enable the Students’ Guild to enhance the running of online elections and to run petitions to gauge student opinions on topics.
  • St Lukes Library Study Garden – a courtyard area to the rear of the St Lukes Library will be converted to form a pleasant study garden.
  • Reclaimed Wood Carved Sculpture Seat – funding for a sculpture seat to create a new artistic student-friendly seating area in the botanical gardens on Streatham Campus, in the linking area between Forum, Queen’s, Hatherley and Research Commons.
  • University of Exeter  Space Agency – funding to conduct exploratory high-altitude balloon launches into Near Space.
  • Purchase of Piano Stool - the purchase of 15 individual piano stools and 2 double (duet) piano stools.
  • ExCO – funding to support ExCO, a natural ecosystem field laboratory, that aims to explore the role that terrestrial ecosystems play in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and the effects of climate change on these systems.
  • Steel drums – purchase of steel drums to support the ongoing expansion of musical opportunities on offer to students.
  • Student Wellness and Activity Programme - delivering a variety of activities for students that will give them the opportunity to have new experiences and try new activities that will improve their health and wellbeing throughout their university life.
  • Guild Societies Internationalisation Fund – support for enhancing the experience of international students studying at Exeter.
  • Arts & Cultures Development Fellow – funding to support the role of the University Arts and Culture Development Fellow.
  • Going for Gold – finance to bring three different Olympic and Paralympic medal winners to the University to give inspirational talks to students.
  • Introducing Interdisciplinary Seminar Series – support for a project, involving students, academics, stakeholders and alumni, to promote an innovative approach to working across disciplinary boundaries at the University.
  • Engaging New Sporting Alumni – engage alumni in the sporting life of the University.
  • Fencing Equipment – the purchase of competition standard fencing equipment.
  • Mardon Hall Frontage – restoration of the paintwork on the crest over the entrance to the hall.
  • Staff, Student Research Conference – a staff/student research conference in the Graduate School of Education in the Summer Term (2011) that involves both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Publicising Success Trophy Cabinet – sports trophies will be housed in purpose-built cabinets and be given a prominent location within the Sports Park to be seen and enjoyed by our members and visitors alike.
  • Head Lacrosse Coach Position - funding for this new role that will oversee the coaching needs of all the University performance squads and teams as well as looking to develop a participation and intramural programme.

The University is currently running its campaign: Creating a world-class University together. The campaign aims to raise £23 million, to secure more than 250 legacy pledges and to recruit 2010 hours of volunteers’ time for Exeter by 2012. Against these targets the team has currently secured £15m, 176 pledges and 1,221 hours of volunteering. See the campaign website:

Date: 20 July 2010

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