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SU President Exeter Cara Chittenden


SU President Exeter

Hello! My name is Cara and I'm your Students’ Union President Exeter for the academic year 2020/21. I've spent three years here in Cornwall, studying English with Politics. For my fourth year, I'll be working alongside your other SU Presidents, Lizzy Marshall (Falmouth), Amelia Banton (Student Experience) and Charlotte Agnew (Welfare and Inclusivity), to try and deliver you the best possible University experience.

At the University of Exeter in Cornwall you’ll receive a genuinely unique Russell Group University experience. You'll be taught by academics at the top of their field in an environment intimate enough that you can really get to know them and take advantage of their world-class knowledge. However, it's not all about studying! The size of the Cornwall campuses, the shared campus with Falmouth University, plus the wealth of societies, sports teams and events on offer mean that everyone meets everyone. You can find friends for life here - and they might not be who you expect!

This academic year looks like it’s going to be unique, with some of these experiences occurring in a digital environment. However, we at the SU are here to support and represent you. My job, specifically, is to improve your academic experience here in Cornwall as a University of Exeter student. So if you have any queries, issues or suggestions, drop me an email, or use one of our other feedback systems. Additionally, make your voice heard as a committee member or subject representative! In the meantime, take advantage of the opportunities that the University of Exeter in Cornwall has to offer. I hope you love your years here as much as I have!

Roles and responsibilities

  • Academic appeals
  • Exeter Course Reps
  • Placements
  • Widening Participation Access Agreement
  • Academic representation
  • Employability
  • Elections
  • Liaising with Exeter Guild
  • Liaising with the University of Exeter Senate and Council

I'll be updating you throughout the year on the work I'm doing to improve your student experience.


Manifesto priorities


Expand module choices by providing students with access to Streatham Campus modules via digital learning mechanisms.

Offer a black-tie graduation celebration in addition to the usual Summer Ball, for both the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 graduates.

Decolonise the curriculum- utilising and amplifying the student voice.

Other items from my manifesto


Seek more detailed assessment feedback for all students, particularly by use of the line-by-line annotation tool available on Turnitin.

Investigate and rectify the rumoured funding gap between Cornwall campuses’ students (under The Students’ Union) and Devon campuses’ students (under The Students’ Guild).

Increase the promotion of, and access to, modularity and interdisciplinary modules.

Make Course Reps more visible, accessible, and influential.

Scrutinise the University of Exeter’s divestment from fossil fuel and other unethical industries.


Other things I’m working on


Improve academic representation for Postgraduates at the Penryn Campus.


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