You can count the hours on your project towards the Exeter Award, where you can also access training in relevant personal and professional skills.
If you have already completed the Exeter Award, you can develop your skills further and more specifically within Leadership and Management through the Exeter Leaders Award, using your Change Agents project experience as your case study.
Since Students as Change Agents was introduced at the University in 2008, hundreds of projects have taken place with over 1,000 student leads. Change Agent students tell us overwhelmingly how positive and enriching they find the experience of leading a project, not just in the improvement they help bring to the Exeter student journey, but to the professional skills and experience they gain from leading a project with others.
We currently don't produce a annual report of projects which take place and the innovation they have brought to all areas of the University. However, below is a snapshot of successful projects from the last few years.
Students from the College of Medicine and Health have created a website resource titled, ‘Professional Portfolio Development Opportunities’. This is a website which allows CMH students to develop their professional skills, do networking, and share experiences with other students.
Opportunities that students are given throughout the course of study, such as internships, short term placements and the Professional Training Year placements can be difficult to get onto. On this student-led website, there are examples of such opportunities and guidance on securing them. Students have often asked what they can do after their degree, and on this website, they can now find testimonials from alumni about their career path or postgraduate training, allowing students to see the vast opportunities that can come from their degrees.
Exeter BAME Law has helped BAME and International students feel part of the Exeter community, by helping to increase inclusivity, equality and diversity. Another aim was to develop awareness of the need for equal career opportunities. This group worked directly with the university to ensure resources were available to improve responses for combatting discrimination and racism on campus. Through creating social media accounts, they were also able to raise awareness and signpost students to well-being facilities, such as the new Exeter Speaks out service. Through running events, a small mentorship scheme, and being part of the Provost Commission, Exeter BAME Law received brilliant feedback from students who learnt a lot from their project.
LGBTQ+ and Law is a student-led legal diversity initiative that aims to help and guide LGBTQ+ students who are interested in pursuing a legal career. In 2020/21, they have held events and workshops, as well as networking opportunities with other LGBTQ+ legal professionals. They have held events with Robin White from Old Square Chambers, Dentons, and The Law Society of England and Wales.
The Diplomatic Hub aims to create an interdisciplinary forum for students interested in international affairs and diplomacy. They have organised a variety of events including talks from His Excellency Simon Mustard, British Commissioner to Sierra Leone; former BBC Diplomatic Correspondent Jonathon Marcus; and His Excellency Simon Boydon, British Ambassador to Mauritania. DipHub also run their own termly student journal for diplomacy and world politics – The Diplomatic Post. The project has aspired to equip students with the necessary tools to understand the dynamics of international affairs and go beyond the syllabus to truly explore the field.
The Undergraduate Science Journal was created to enable accessibility of undergraduate research and enrich conversation between students about up-and-coming scientific research. It has worked to showcase the research from undergraduate scientists and allow students to be published in a peer reviews journal before their graduation. The group of students responsible for this project created both physical and online copies and also hosted an annual undergraduate STEM conference.
The Holocaust Memorial Conference project has run for the last 4 years and has raised awareness of the Holocaust and how the present society could learn from it to promote a society, without racism, discrimination and hatred. Over previous years, conferences have been held to mark the Holocaust Memorial Day, bringing together university students with students from schools and sixth forms in the Southwest. At such conferences, students have heard from Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich MBE, Dr Noemie Lopian, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, and Derek Niemann, the grandson of an SS officer, to name a few. Students also took part in workshops led by academics and external experts. These workshops gave students a much more personal and deeper understanding of the Holocaust.
The aim of the student-led project ‘Missing Maps’ was to make students aware of the work charities such as the British Red Cross do and how Exeter students could make a difference. The project sought to make a substantial contribution in mapping locations that were in need and encourage students to help. They held 2-3 fundraising marathons a term for students to get involved in, spread news about upcoming events, and also organised themed events in which academic staff got involved.
The student founders of Global Exe aimed for the project to encourage people to learn about the diverse cultures at The University of Exeter and empower individuals through interactive Forum Theatre performances. This has created a safe space for students to engage in difficult conversations. Audiences would be presented with an oppressive scenario and were invited to replace actors to try and create a positive outcome. Global Exe participants had greater confidence in dealing with conflict after attending these events.
The Inspiring Spaces Art Project aimed to showcase the collaboration between students and staff in art form at St Luke’s. The proposed sculpture was erected and transformed the foyer of the Medical School Building. Students from differing courses all co-created the art piece and also collated images showing the process of making it, and other achievements of the students too. The sculpture and the space serve an educational purpose and inspire students who see it.
Students from The Medical School have run Undergraduate Student Conferences and successfully invited external speakers, students and academic staff to full days of workshops, debates and talks. Attendees were able to learn more about Medical Sciences final year research projects and professional training years and also INSPIRE projects. During this conference, they held a poster competition, showcasing research students have completed. It was a great chance for students to learn from each other and academics and find out more about the sector.
The MA Translation Alumni Round Table was an event created to provide current Exeter students with the opportunity to network with alumni who have previously taken MA Translation. A range of alumni were present: a literary translator, freelance specialist translators and a project manager. The event allowed students to speak one on one with alumni, meaning students could learn from them and gain ideas about how they could progress professionally.