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President Exeter: March 2021 Updates

Cara Chittenden, President Exeter, updates us on what she's been working on recently.

Cara Chittenden, President Exeter, stands smiling with her arms folded in front of a bright green he Cara Chittenden, President Exeter

Since the last update, I’ve been working with course reps and subject chairs this term to make sure that students feel as confident and reassured as can be ahead of the summer assessment period. This includes helping to organise and chair a live Q&A on the “No Disadvantage Guarantee”, ensuring that there’s dedicated space on campus for students to complete online exams if needed, and passing on feedback on hectic exam timetables – which has led to the rescheduling of exams where possible.

I’ve also been progressing work, alongside the other Presidents, on the EaseTheFees campaign, seeking partial tuition fee refunds for students. We’ve lobbied NUS to lead a national campaign on the issue, built networks with other campaigns and SUs around the country, spoken to Michelle Donelan (Universities Minister) about tuition fees, and created an Instagram page for students to share their personal experiences of higher education this year.

The Decolonising The Curriculum campaign is ongoing, with the survey still live on the SU website until the end of March. Please get involved and share your own thoughts (there’s even a prize draw if you fill out the survey!). I’m speaking with various university contacts to work out how best to share the results of the survey once it’s closed, so that the student voice is really shaping the academic experience at Exeter.   

I’ve been a part of the committee seeking to appoint the University of Exeter’s next Chancellor, following the news that Lord Myners of Truro will be stepping down. I’ve also been working with the University of Exeter on their 2030 Strategy. Currently, the University is inviting students to take part in a “Big Conversation” on the future of universities over the next 10 years. If you're a University of Exeter student, you’ll have been provided a link and log in details to contribute your thoughts in an email from the Vice Chancellor. Please get involved – your contributions could have an impact on University of Exeter students for years to come!

 

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