FXU Exeter President on lack of Penryn campus engagement at VC Question Time


On the evening of 20th February, the University of Exeter Students’ Guild held a Question and Answer event with the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Sir Steve Smith, and his senior management team. As the event was organised by the Students’ Guild (the students’ union for Devon based students, studying at the Streatham, St. Luke’s and Wonford Campuses), the event was originally only for Exeter students based in Devon. FXU was only approached about participating in the event when the national conversation around industrial action began to rise, and FXU, the Guild and the University saw the benefit of having Cornwall Campuses engagement in this event.

Unfortunately, due to the event being planned between the Guild and University many months in advance, there was an unavoidable clash between it and the FXU’s President Elections campaigning week. As such, attendance in Cornwall was lower than was hoped. However FXU were aware that the event had been promoted to Cornwall-based students at relatively short-notice, and as such had been proactive in approaching the FXU Leadership Team, Subject Chairs, Student Reps and some of the wider student base for a bank of questions to ask on the evening. We are grateful for the opportunity to ask three of these on the evening, through our FXU Student Voice Chairperson, Jack Hope, and I would like to note that we will forward the other pre-submitted questions from Cornwall students to the panel for their response.

One of the key themes that emerged following the event was the lack of a similar event in Cornwall. We would like to highlight many events that have been attended by University senior management recently, such as the Subject Chair Working Group and Inclusivity Debate hosted by the DontDisAbility society. Despite this, I am in further discussions with the Vice Chancellor’s office, and am hopeful that there will be the opportunity for a similar event to be hosted in Cornwall, subject to diary commitments.

Finally, I would like to thank the Guild and University for a great event, and for our students, Reps, Subject Chairs and Leadership Team for a great set of questions.

Dean Pomeroy, FXU President Exeter