Criticism upon criticism has been thrown at the Wellbeing Centre over the years, and we’ve deﬁnitely done our fair share of levelling concern. We thought it was time that we spoke to those leading the service to see how such complaints are aﬀecting them on a practical level. The response was nuanced, but it’s clear that no-one, really, knows what they’re doing. Wellbeing maintain that they’re not the NHS, the NHS are struggling to cope with demand and mental health suﬀerers are unsure where to turn. Somewhat dispelling the myth that Wellbeing is underfunded, the Head of Student Services maintained that the Centre is receiving a guaranteed increase in annual funding from the University. This does go some way to convince us that Wellbeing are doing their best with what they have, but with mental health increasingly on the national agenda, a large-scale communication eﬀort is necessary.
In other news, after a seemingly endless wait, the University have ﬁnally revealed the cost of accommodation in their halls of residence for next year, and it doesn’t make for great reading. The Guild have expressed their disappointment after it was revealed that just 42 rooms on campus are aﬀordable to students from average household incomes without running up personal debt. Despite the University freezing rents on nearly 800 rooms, aﬀordable housing remains an elusive thing for many poorer students. A yearly rent at Holland Hall for a room with a view will now cost £7,415, a ﬁgure that for many is completely impossible to aﬀord. With no student loans available for international students, more could be and should be done.
The University have also come under ﬁre from students this week, as a number of cases came to light in which students have struggled to receive mitigation in circumstances of personal nature. A student at Westminster was forced to produce their father’s death certiﬁcate to get out of an exam, and it appears as if the situation is only marginally better here at Exeter, with one student having to send a selﬁe from their hospital bed just to get extensions on essays and coursework. As mitigation is handled by individual colleges rather than centrally, could the system be improved to ensure students wellbeing does not suﬀer in times of exceptional hardship?
Elsewhere in the paper, we’ve bagged an interview with Labour heavyweight Hilary Benn. Among the topics up for discussion were his decision to back airstrikes in Syria, the shortcomings of labels such as Corbynite and Blairite, and his relationship with his late father. In Lifestyle, Blind Date returns after a depressingly long absence-ﬁnd out how the date with Izzy and James went. It’s also the tenth anniversary of Beats & Bass this year, and Music have been chatting to founding member Nick Parkinson about his memories setting up the society. Finally, EURFC have gone one better than last year to reach the BUCS ﬁnal at Twickenham, beating Durham 3610 despite the best eﬀorts of the Exeter climate.
Without wanting to get all sentimental on you, this also happens to be our last issue as editors. From biscuits to bouncers, we’ve tried to keep our readers informed on some of what we feel are the biggest issues Exeter students have faced in the last twelve months, and it’s never been short of drama.
We’d like to thank Gareth, Orlando, Will and the rest of the Guild staﬀ, all our fantastic editors and contributors and most of all Coca Cola and curly fries for getting us through those long nights in the office. Whilst we’re soon to be headed to pastures new, we’re conﬁdent that Hannah, Susannah, Jeremy and Ben will continue to take the paper to grand heights, and can’t wait to see what they have planned for next year. Au revoir Exeposé!