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Supported projects

Donations made to the Alumni Annual Fund support projects led by students and helping students. Donations of any amount directly impact the quality of the Exeter experience for our students, and the money is available across University departments, Sport, the Students’ Guild and Students' Union, and for all campuses.

All these projects improve the university experience for students and the majority of projects are led and organised by students themselves – improving living and studying at Exeter for current and future generations. Many of these also enhance university links with local communities in Devon and Cornwall. These donations are especially beneficial for students’ clubs and societies as well as study groups and student-led campaigns and projects.

Read on to find out more about some of the diverse projects and initiatives that can go ahead because of regular donations from alumni and supporters.

Alumni Annual Fund, Summary 2021-22

In the 2021-22 academic year, colleges and departments awarded £132,230.51 in Alumni Annual Fund grants to 91  different projects.

See below to find out more about some of the diverse and exciting initiatives that are supported by donations from our alumni and supporters.

The public Diwali celebrations on campus have been one of the highlights of the international student calendar. Diwali 2022 will be celebrated on campus on Sunday 14 November 2021 and will be open to public and student communities. The celebrations will be led by Hindu and Asian Societies with support from the Student Support team, Event Exeter, Hindu Chaplain and Hindu community. We anticipate 1-2000 people in attendance throughout the day.

Student quotes: “It has been eye opening working with students on organising these events. You learn so much about religion and culture, and witnessing the way the students nurture their beliefs in a place they consider as a second home is wonderful. Their creativity and excitement really give you the push to learn more and get really involved. For me, it was incredibly heart-warming to hear students feel that they are included and have a safe space to represent their beliefs and culture. I am happy that we can bring home that little bit closer by setting up these important events! I’m really looking forward to working with students again and see what ideas they come up for future celebrations!”

The Applied Project consists of bringing real life business issues to students and giving them the opportunity to develop real work experience, work with professionals and even assist in the implementation of the solution. The project team were able to get the support from three firms who enthusiastically opened their doors to innovative students.

Student quote: "The presentations were a professional level delivery that I would expect from an advertising agency who were giving me a pitch to deliver a new website, branding and vision of a future for companies. As graduates this type of presentation is often needed at interviews so you are getting well prepared."

From November to February, EUBLS planned and choreographed routines for ‘Exeter Does Strictly’. As part of this EUBLS’ aimed to promote Ballroom and Latin dancing within the University and in the wider community through encouraging participation in a sport not often considered by many. In this project they collaborated with other societies and hosted performances in front of a wide range of audiences, encouraging inclusivity and integration whilst raising some money on the side to go to charity.

Student quote: ‘’So proud of everyone who danced. Everyone did amazingly”

From 9-12 December the EUSRC BUCS players headed to Nottingham to compete in the annual BUCS Individual Championship. With the help of the alumni fund they were able to fully sponsor 20 players to compete in Men’s Grade C – G and Women’s C and D grade. They had an incredibly successful weekend despite losing a couple of their top players to illness and injury with us having five women reaching the semi-final of the Women’s C and D grade plate, three women in the final for both and Katy Martin-Davies winning the Women’s D plate. On the Men’s side, Cheuk Him Lam reach the finals of the Men’s E grade plate and narrowly missing out on a finals win.

Students said: "Thanks to the alumni fund, we were able to bring 8 girls to Nottingham to compete in the BUCS Individuals Championships. The weekend was a success, with three female finalists and two more of our entries making the semi-finals of C grade plate. All our entries found the tournament to be fantastic competitive experience and showcased the talent and community we have in the EUSRC on a national stage. We hope to maintain and develop on this success in the future, with many more of our members excited to enter next year.’"

Thanks to support from the Alumni Annual Fund the Contemporary Choir have now fully recorded and mixed their CDs. The days they recorded were an amazing experience for all involved. It proved to be an exciting opportunity for their members to perform the songs they had been learning this term and create a lasting memento to showcase the incredible work that Contemporary Choir has achieved in such trying times. They were able to promote our CD and make some additional live recordings at our 2022 Summer concert in June

Students said: ‘’It meant we could share with our family and friends music that they might not have been able to hear otherwise. We managed to raise a brilliant amount of money for our charity NAPAC”

Support from the Alumni Annual Find were used to buy wakeboards and bindings, primarily aimed at increasing the inclusivity of wakeboarding within Windriders. The boards will be smaller, as they are aimed at women – the ratio in the club this year is quite distinctly less female to male than it has been in other years and with funding they could increase the accessibility by improving the kit that women can use

Students said: "the boards are so much thinner and lighter which makes it a lot easier for beginners!”

Last November, the Exeter Entrepreneurs Society hosted the UK hub for the international hackathon Junction 2021 thanks to support from the Alumni Annual Fund. Entry to this event was completely free for all students.

Students said: "we really enjoyed the opportunity to create a unique solution to a real problem faced by companies today."

Over the course of the project, they hosted two themed fundraisers which involved interactive games, a raffle and a sneak peak of the cast singing. They advertised through posters and flyers created and photographed by the marketing team and posted around the University, local businesses and handed out on the high street to the public. They also sold programmes and roses for friends/ family to buy for the cast on the nights of the show. The project consisted of four shows from Thursday to Saturday with a get in on Tuesday and a dress rehearsal on Wednesday. All four of the shows were a great success with them nearly selling out the Northcott on our last night. They received two great reviews from Exposé and an abundance of compliments from an audience made up of not only friends/ family but the public as well.

Students said: "Being part of the Company team has been a real highlight this year. Working together with the cast and creatives to bring to life this reimagined version of Sondheim’s traditional musical has been such an exciting opportunity to meet new people and create a piece of theatre that we’re all proud of. And here’s to the ladies on creative team and committee that made this all possible.”

Support from the Alumni Annual Fund enabled medicine students in Truro to play netball throughout the year on a weekly basis, including all year groups of students in Truro. They also arranged and played a staff vs student game!