FXU President Exeter update: May 2016

Here’s what FXU President Exeter, Grace Fisher, has been working on during the Summer Term…

Grace Fisher, FXU President Exeter

White Paper on Higher Education

Some of you may have seen on the news that the government is planning to raise tuition fees again. Last week they released a white paper on higher education, which is the reply to the green paper they released in November 2015, which FXU responded to. One of the key aspects of this white paper is the introduction of TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework). TEF allows institutions with higher teaching quality to raise their tuition fees in line with inflation. This is the government’s way to create a differential market within the higher education market that is reflected by tuition fees, something they thought raising fees to £9000 would do. The TEF will be implemented for 2017/18 entrants. The ranking system will be based on a series of metrics including the National Student Survey and student’s employability once they leave university.

If you want to know more about the plans the government have set out in the white paper check out this link.


Study Abroad Events & Buddy Scheme

Last week I ran a study abroad leavers event which provided an opportunity for returning students to meet those due to leave this summer. It was great to be joined by so many of you especially Hannah who Skyped in all the way from America.

The study abroad buddy scheme is now up and running. Those of you who signed up should been allocated a buddy and if there are students who are still interested please contact me asap.


Study Abroad Leavers' Event

Study Abroad Leavers Event


Paws Your Stress

On the 12th May five fantastic Creative Events management students ran an event that brought lots of lovely guide dogs on to campus. The dogs came with their owners co-ordinated by the Guide Dog charity. The girls raised just over £900 for the charity so a massive thank you to everyone who donated and attended. The students are looking to get some feedback on the event so if you can fill out this survey that would be great.

Paws your Stress Event

Photo taken from Paws Your Stress event


Awards Ceremonies

Over the last month we’ve seen a number of award ceremonies. Firstly teaching awards co-hosted by myself and the Vice-President of Education for the Guild. We saw some fantastic winners but special congratulations to Biosciences for winning Best Research Community and CSM for winning Best Subject (Cornwall). Here’s hoping for more Cornwall winners next year.

This week also saw FXU’s annual student awards at the National Maritime Museum. Huge congratulations to all those nominated and a special mention to Naomi Fuller who won Exeter Rep of the Year who did an absolutely fantastic job as our Truro based Medicine Subject Chair.


Grace at the FXU Awards 2016

Grace Fisher at the FXU Awards 2016, National Maritime Museum


I’ll be back with another update soon,





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