Introduction from the President and Chair of the Trustee Board and from the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive


                       Vice Chancellor - Sir Steve Smith


Introduction from Hannah Barton, President and Chair of the Trustee Board, University of Exeter Students' Guild 

On behalf of the staff, officers and trustees, I would like to thank you for registering an interest in the role of Chief Executive at the University of Exeter Students’ Guild.

The Students’ Guild is a highly performing and achieving organisation and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading students’ unions, having been awarded the NUS Higher Education Students’ Union of the Year in 2009-10 and shortlisted again in both 2010-11 and 2011-12.

We exist to represent almost 18,000 diverse students of the University of Exeter; we are a member-led organisation and all students are members of the Guild.

The Guild is a charitable company limited by guarantee and independent from the University, which is critical to our role as an effective representative organisation. Though we are independent from the University, we enjoy a mature and productive relationship; regularly working in partnership and acting as ‘critical friends’.

The University is also in a very strong position. It has recently joined the Russell Group of leading UK universities, is securely positioned among the top-10 universities in the UK and recognised as one of the top 200 universities in the world. The National Student Survey results show our students are in the top 5 of most satisfied students in the country which is supported by the University’s significant investment in its campuses and wider student experience.

We are constantly striving for new ways to engage students in the organisation, ensuring that every student has a voice within the Guild and University. This is critical if we are to remain an effective member-led organisation.

We believe the recruitment of a first-class Chief Executive is vital in ensuring the Guild meets our future challenges and sustains our position as one of the leading students’ union in the country. If you believe you have the skills, experience and passion to assist us in achieving our vision we would really like to hear from you.

For further information, please do get in touch with our recruitment consultants from Peridot Partners, Emma Harvey on 07702 678653 or Philippa Fabry on 07772 902071.

Kind regards,

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Hannah Barton

President and Chair of Board of Trustees, University of Exeter Students' Guild


Introduction from the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Exeter

The University enjoys an excellent relationship with the Guild, and we are particularly keen to attract outstanding individuals to the Guild who will continue that constructive relationship, which is based on mutual respect and a genuine desire and commitment to support the student experience at Exeter.

We are an ambitious university, aiming to improve in every way we can and we see the Guild as a central partner in achieving this.

Professor Sir Steve Smith

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Exeter