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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Be the 2012-2013 Gender Equality Representative! University Guild nominations for election are now open!

If you would like to run for a position in the University of Exeter Students’ Guild and represent around 15,000 students, then nominate yourself today here:

Posts include:

-          RAG officers and posts (chair, secretary etc.)
-          Community Action officers
-          Guild representatives (race, disability, gender etc.)
-          Guild officers (elections, environment etc.)
-          Societies executives (e.g. campaigns societies, societies officer)
-          Guild councillors
-          NUS delegates

The post I currently hold and was elected to is the Gender Equality Representative post.  This is a key post within the Guild since you are responsible for ensuring equality of all the sexes you represent from women to trans people to men to intergender people to queer people, regardless of age, race, educational level etc.

Here is the full job description!

Gender Equality Rep

The Gender Equality Rep is responsible for making sure that students of any gender are equally represented by the Guild.

Student Representatives
Accountable to:
Guild Council, General Meeting, Referendum, Equality and Diversity Committee
Term of Office:
12 months; commencing June
Time commitment
2 to 3 hours per week including meetings and office hours
Job Description holder
Vice President Welfare and Community
Purpose of the Role:
The Gender Equality Representative is responsible for ensuring that the Students' Guild remains gender neutral in all of its activities and to represent students that feel that the University's activities are not providing equality for any gender.
Duties and Responsibilities:
·         To encourage and assist the Guild in promoting a fair and safe society across all campuses and activities.
·         To lead and/or assist with campaigning on relevant gender equality issues with the Equality and Diversity Officer.
·         To raise issues with regards to gender equality at Guild and University meetings as necessary, liaising with students to find out more about these issues.
·         To attend the AGM with proxy votes or give proxy to a Sabbatical Officer.
Duties as a Guild Representative:
·         To find out what their constituents think, to represent these views and to act to ensure the success of the Guild;
·         To find out the views of their constituent group.
·         To represent these views.
·         To campaign.
·         To fulfil any democratic mandates.
·         To ensure the successful running of their responsibilities as defined in their job description.
·         To work to ensure the success of the Guild.

Remember this is a voluntary position, and unlike being a sabbatical officer, the role is carried out alongside your studies.  Fortunately getting elected for this post is a LOT less scary than campaigning for a sabbatical role!  If you want any help, tips or advice, please email me at and to whoever wins, I look forward to doing the handover with you in June!  Best of luck!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Empowering Women Day exhibition at the Great Hall on 27th March … your chance to get involved!

On Tuesday 27th March 2012 from 12pm-6pm, Exeter University Guild will be hosting an ‘Empowering Women Day’ exhibition at the Great Hall on Streatham Campus, University of Exeter.  This will be a day devoted to showcasing all the groups, services and organisations both inside and outside the university in the Exeter community that are available to women.  Women students and members of the public will be able to come to learn about all the opportunities available to them and discover a world of all things womanly from how to use a speculum for self-examination of the cervix to looking at consultation papers in the government to what a she-pee is!  This is going to be a very large event and will need lots of wonderful volunteers to help out both in organisation in the run up to the event and coordinators for on the day.  If you would like to involved, please email  In particular we are after: volunteers to work on media relations, volunteers who can help design publicity materials, volunteers to marshal on the day, bakers for our ‘muff-in-cakes’, decorators and generally helpful, good-willed people!  The event is open to both men and women but obviously the focus will be on empowering women.  I hope as many of you will come along to support and enjoy the event even if you do not wish to get involved behind the scenes.  Alternatively you can email if you would like to host a stall at the event and I will send you the relevant form to fill out to confirm your attendance.