Hello, I’m the President Exeter, Stevie P, taking over from the amazing work Cara has done during this unprecedented year! I can’t wait to work with the incredible SU team as we progressively return to face-to-face interactions across campus, but hopefully with some new and exciting changes, which I look forward to implementing to improve the overall student experience at the Cornwall campuses.
It’s been an incredibly challenging year for us all and I believe that during these dark times, the pandemic has shed light on some of the underlying issues that the student body is most vulnerable to. As I take office, I aim to address these complications and ensure that, as we emerge from lockdown, student life will be as electrifying as before, if not better!
- Stevie Preece (He/Him)
News & updates
Roles & responsibilities
- Academic appeals
- Exeter Course Reps
- Widening Participation Access Agreement
- Academic representation
- Liaising with Exeter Guild
- Liaising with the University of Exeter Senate and Council
- Strive to defend your academic progress for as long as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
- Ensure that the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 receive the graduation ceremony they expected when it is safe to do so.
- Tackle the 2nd-class narrative commonly associated with Penryn campus and celebrate it equally with Streatham Campus.
- Improve the reliability of our counselling support team.
- Reduce the carbon footprint of fieldtrips offered at Penryn campus and replace with more frequent low-carbon alternatives for future incoming students beginning in 2022.
- Improve the voice and inclusivity of Truro campus with Penryn campus.
- Establish a food waste system across Penryn campus which will work in partnership with homeless shelters and local farmers to create a more circular economy.
- Continue to decolonise the curriculum through non-tokenistic approaches.
- ‘Re-Fresher’ events for current 1st year students during the academic year 2021/22 by working alongside the FXPlus.
- Continue striving to make all Exeter modules available across all campuses.
- Make course reps and mentors accessible through the ELE page and establish a more formal system for your concerns to be raised and supported.
- Increase funding in line with the funds Streatham campus receive for opportunities such as with sport facilities and guest speakers.
I will focus on Student Rep system developments to ensure student feedback is reaching the top of the chain, in order to make real impact. I will be working with student committees & council to ensure the right conversations are happening towards the progression of the university, especially surrounding the decolonisation of courses and Covid-19 impacts.
With some great help and advice I finally launched the Decolonising the Curriculum survey. This is intended to gather feedback on as many student experiences of learning at Exeter’s Cornwall campuses as possible, to inform decolonisation work in all departments (and in the SU itself). Check it out at the Decolonising the Curriculum campaign page
The Student Voice team and I have put together a new Student Rep handbook to ensure Reps understand their importance within and influence on the University structure.
I have rewritten the Feedback Loop to highlight the importance of ROS and make it more digestible for Student Reps so feedback can be managed better.
I have added more specific BAME categories to ROS, so there is better quality feedback within these areas, so a tailored approach can be met.
We have included equality and diversity as an agenda item on every SSLG meeting, so reps can openly discuss it within every meeting. Plus, there are conversations surrounding ‘equality Reps’ being implemented if there is a persistent lack of minority representation.
Strengthening Postgraduate representation has been another key area. By working closely with the Postgraduate lecturers, we are more involved within the PG student experience and therefore able to better communicate with them about representation.
The Big Rep meeting is happening tomorrow, and we have picked 5 topics of importance to talk about.
I am taking Falmouth ROS data and escalating it to departments if needed, but also alloweing reps to work on things with their SSLGS.
I will scrutinise the University of Exeter’s divestment from fossil fuel and other unethical industries.
I have discussed with Andrew Connolly, Chief Financial Officer for the University of Exeter, open-invite meetings at the Penryn Campus where students can scrutinise the University’s investment decisions. I hope to work on this with the Environment and Ethics Officer on the Student Council when they are appointed in October in the Student Council Elections.
Other things I'm working on
An unexpected but major priority this year is to respond to feedback on the blended learning environment, making sure that students are still receiving an excellent value education despite the pandemic.
I revived the Write Now campaign to provide some support and signposting for students struggling with organisation this year, since there is a greater emphasis on learning in your own time. You can find out more at the Write Now campaign page
I voiced the concerns of students that online seminars were awkward and less-enriching when lots of students had cameras off and weren’t contributing. Guidance has now been produced, for staff and students, on how to encourage “Cameras On” whilst respecting students’ rights to choose not to.
I expressed the frustration of students and staff at Penryn who had been forced to move a number of classes fully online due to the University’s cap of 30 people in a lecture. Now, in Penryn, the cap has been increased to 40 in a number of departments, allowing more face to face teaching.
I provided feedback that students needed more face to face time with course-mates, in order to reduce loneliness and make online learning sessions more successful. Now academics can book the marquees for more face to face academic activity for their students.
I’m working on reviving the "Write Now" campaign to support students who have told me they’re struggling with workload and time management, as deadlines approach.