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Global Festival 2023

Here at the University of Exeter Business School, we are committed to a truly embedded inclusive culture that runs through everything we do and represents the diverse community we are and continue to build. After the success of last year's festival - we are excited to invite Business School staff and students to join us for the Business School’s second Global Festival!

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The Global Festival is a celebration of our cultural diversity, with a host of activities and events on offer to students and colleagues.

Everyone is welcome – it's a fantastic opportunity to make new connections, have some fun with colleagues and friends, learn more about our incredible support services and share your own experiences and culture. We are lucky to have colleagues and students from a huge range of communities, cultures, and countries, and we are excited to celebrate this rich cultural diversity at the festival.

For those recently joining our community, staff and students will be on hand to answer any questions you may have in your first few weeks of arriving at Exeter. And for everyone returning to campus, it’s a chance to catch up with friends and colleagues and have some fun.

There will be something for everyone: workshops, music, games, film screenings, food, support stands, and guest speakers. There will also be plenty of opportunities during the festival to speak with senior members of our leadership team. We want to hear what our students think, so get your voice heard and have your say!

We want our whole community to have access to the Festival, all activities will be family-friendly, so staff and students are welcome to bring their children if childcare would be an issue during the event.

Check out the tabs below for more information and come back soon to visit our Eventbrite page and book your workshop places.

By bringing our community of students and staff together for an evening of fun, we aim to:

  • Provide opportunities to learn about different cultures and explore thoughts from different perspectives,
  • celebrate cultural diversity and promote inclusion,
  • address feelings of isolation and create a sense of belonging,
  • raise awareness of support networks and services,
  • offer a forum to raise concerns informally with senior leaders,
  • showcase what makes Exeter a welcoming and fun place to live, study and work,
  • have fun and get to know our community.

Student walking in dartmoor

The University of Exeter values the diversity of its community because it believes this enriches employment, research, studying and learning experiences.  The Global Festival celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the staff and students at University of Exeter and brings together a wide variety of societies and networks to do so.   While the University acknowledges that some societies may not represent the personal beliefs of some staff and students, the University is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity and does not segregate societies from each other.  There is no obligation to take part in any activity or visit any stand, however in line with its Value of ‘Community’, the University recognises that all its staff, students, visitors and others associated with the University have a responsibility to ensure that their actions comply with both the requirements and the spirit of its Dignity and Respect policy (Dignity and Respect Policy | Equality, Diversity and Inclusion | University of Exeter).

The University of Exeter is an inclusive community, where everyone has the right to be treated with respect. Harassment, bullying, intimidation and discrimination (for example racism, homophobia, sexual discrimination) go against all we stand for and will not be tolerated. If you've experienced or witnessed any of the above we encourage you to report it here and to get the support you might need: Exeter Speaks Out | Exeter Speaks Out | University of Exeter

For more information, please contact the Business School’s EDI Team at

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For more information, please contact the Business School’s EDI Team at

2023 Programme

Location Time Description
Global Lounge (Xfi Study Space), Business School 15:30 - 15:45

Welcome and launch of the Global Lounge

Global Lounge opening by Professor Richard Follett, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at the University of Exeter. Followed by snacks and performance from the Indian Classical Fusion Society.

Xfi Room G01, Business School From 15:30

Quiet zone

There will be a dedicated quiet area for students and staff who may become overwhelmed during the event, where a member of staff will be available to talk to should you need support.

Registration for this is NOT essential, just drop in when needed.

Henderson Lecture Theatre, Xfi Building, Business School

16:30 - 17:30

Student Circus workshop

Find more details and book via handshake.

Global Lounge (Xfi Study Space), Business School

From 16:30

Student support stands

At the Global Festival you will have the opportunity to meet members from several different student support teams, including the Careers Zone and wellbeing, and find out how you can access the support you need. View the 'Support' tab to find out more.

La Touche Cafe, Business School

From 16:30

Student societies

The University of Exeter's student-led societies are here to bring together students with similar interests as well as provide opportunities to try something new and different!

At the Global Festival you will have the opportunity to meet members from several different student societies and find out how you can get involved. View the 'Societies' tab to find out more.

Xfi Building and Building:One, Business School

16:30 - 19:00

Activities available throughout the festival at various locations:

  • Glitter Station
  • Business School Map (with Instax camera and backdrop)
  • International sweet treats
Global Lounge (Xfi Study Space), Business School From 16:30

Devon Ukrainian Association - Conversation Café

Conversation Café is a welcome hub for Ukrainian new arrivals in Devon.  It is operated by Devon Ukrainian Association in partnership with Maketank Cultural Lab CIC and Exeter City Council. Besides being a welcoming place where people gather to socialise, this welcome hub provides a set of essential services and support programmes to Ukrainian people. Join the Conversation Café at the Global Festival to share Borsch (Ukrainian soup), baked goods, salads, cakes, and hot fruit and berries tea.

Room G15, Xfi Building, Business School From 16:30

Joypad arcade

Joypad Arcade is the UK's best retro and next-gen gaming private hire service. They will be bringing a variety of retro gaming consoles, with games ranging from Duck Hunt to Mario Kart.

Registration for this event is NOT essential, just drop in and have fun! Though please register for your free Global Festival 2023 ticket via Eventbrite to help us manage numbers.

Seminar Room A, Xfi Building, Business School From 16:30

Double Elephant, Screen Printing

Double Elephant Print Workshop offers courses, resources and support to professional printmakers, artists and beginners alike across the City of Exeter and beyond. They aim to provide open access to fine art printmaking resources and encourage and support everyone to discover their creativity!

They will be inviting festival goers to print your own interpretation of a Global University - perhaps an image that represents an aspect of your home country and culture, or your experience of joining the University and our global network of students, staff and alumni. Come and have some fun whilst getting creative, you'll also be able to take away the image you create!

Registration for this event is NOT essential, just drop in and have fun! Though please register for your free Global Festival 2023 ticket via Eventbrite to help us manage numbers.

Seminar Room B, Xfi Building, Business School 16:30 - 19:00

International Board Games Room

Gather your friends and meet new ones in the international board games room! Loads of games will be available to play, including Pucket, Chinese Chess, Mahjong, Mancala, Exeter Monopoly and plenty more!

La Touche Cafe, Business School 17:00 - 19:00


Food will be available in La Touche Café, food passports available from the food stand at 16:30.

Please register for your free Global Festival 2023 ticket via Eventbrite to help us manage numbers.

Food will be limited and once it's gone, it's gone!

Conference Room 1&2, Xfi Building, Business School 17:00 - 17:45

Yoga Workshop

Join the University of Exeter Yoga Society for their Global Festival Yoga workshop! You will need to bring your own yoga mat - if this is an issue, please email and we will aim to support you.

Registration for this workshop is essential, please register for your ticket via Eventbrite.

Seminar Room C, Xfi Building, Business School TBC

Business and Finance CV and Skills Workshop


Creative Quadrant, Business School From 16:30

Creative Crafts and Knitting Workshop

Creative Quadrant, Business School 16:45 - 18:15 Chinese brush painting with Kaili Fu

Kaili Fu has been painting professionally for over 30 years. Since her arrival in Exeter in 1988, there have been many exhibitions of her artwork throughout Devon and the Southwest of the UK. In addition, she has been teaching Chinese brush painting in community learning centres, adult education colleges, and residential colleges around the UK.

Kaili’s desire is to bring Chinese art to the West and she is passionate about introducing people to this ancient oriental skill.

Registration for this event is essential, please register for your ticket via Eventbrite.

M&D Room, Devonshire House 20:30

Black History Month screening

As part of the Global Festival and to celebrate Black History Month, the Business School have once again teamed up with Exeter's Campus Cinema Society to offer a special screening of the 1989 film, 'Do The Right Thing', written and directed by Spike Lee.

Booking for this event is essential, please book your tickets through Fixr.


The University of Exeter's student-led societies are here to bring together students with similar interests as well as provide opportunities to try something new and different!

At the Global Festival you will have the opportunity to meet members of the below societies and find out how you can get involved.


Business and Finance Society

Exeter's Business and Finance Society (BFS) brings together like-minded individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines to develop their career aspirations and offer business insights, networking and opportunities in a social and fun manner!

We are Exeter's largest academic society, with over 1000+ members last year, but also incredibly diverse member base studying an array of subjects.

Joining BFS looks great on your CV as you can demonstrate an active interest in the world of business and finance, and the society provides plenty of material to talk about at interview:

  • Our Annual Careers Dinner, hosting representatives from leading organisations from various industries and interact with founders of startups to professionals from McKinsey, Deloitte, J.P. Morgan, PwC and Microsoft. 
  • Talks and networking opportunities with our sponsors and alumni students.

Hands on experience such as our Citi Bank Financial Markets Simulation which gave 60 students the experience of being traders


Cinema Society

Established seven decades ago, Campus Cinema is run by our committee of dedicated film fans. Housed in Devonshire House’s M&D Room and complete with professional-standard digital projection, 35mm projection, graduated seating and Dolby Surround Sound, we strive to deliver the beloved classic cinema experience. At Campus Cinema we pride ourselves on the diversity of our film choices, from mainstream blockbusters to independent, foreign, and documentary films; whatever we think will entertain, educate and inspire our customers. Everyone is welcome!


Economics Society

The Economics Society is the hub for all things Economics! We connect students of the discipline through academic speaker events and more regular socials. We really love the family we have in the society and the mutual support that we provide is probably why we are one of the biggest societies on campus, standing at 2000 members last year!



Enactus is Exeter University’s social enterprise society, just one of a larger network of student societies spread across universities worldwide. We create projects that tackle global issues such as poverty, waste or homelessness. Our local and international projects see a problem, use entrepreneurial action to find a solution and improve the lives of the individuals and communities we work with.


Entrepreneurs Society

The Exeter Entrepreneurs Society is home to the most intellectually curious, talented and successful students at Exeter. Founded in 2009, our members have developed innovative venture-funded companies, secured investment on Dragons’ Den and won multiple world-renowned business and technology competitions abroad. We believe every student can develop skills and experience to tackle real-world problems. This why our mission is to empower our members and promote disruptive innovation thought processes to become world leaders whilst acquiring a complete practical skill set driving performance.


Exeter Student Investment Fund (ExSIF)

The Exeter Student Investment Fund (ExSIF) serves to promote an understanding and interest of the world of investing and finance, to all students, from all backgrounds. We present a platform for like-minded students to exercise the theory they learn in lectures and apply it to experiences that ExSIF will present them with. ​Further, through ExSIF, our members will gain a skill set that will set them apart in their job applications and future careers.

By joining ExSIF, you can get involved in:

  • Weekly financial analysis course
  • Workshops
  • Trading and Stock Pitch Competitions
  • London Networking Events
  • Socials

No past investment experience is necessary!


First Aid Society

  • We provide informal first aid training for free to any member of the university community!
  • We create a fun and caring environment – members are free to attend as many sessions as they like.
  • We provide the opportunity to be formally first aid trained with and volunteer for St John Ambulance.
    Volunteers can regularly volunteer at events in Devon and beyond.
  • We hold a variety of social events. In 2021-2022, these included bowling, our annual Christmas dinner and a ‘The Chase’ themed quiz, as well as our weekly trips to The Ram!
  • We fundraise for St John Ambulance, such as through holding CPRathons. 
    We also raised awareness of Restart a Heart Day and Defibruary in 2021-2022.

We meet weekly during term to learn about the various aspects of first aid, covering everything from a simple cut to a medical emergency. We are run by students, for students, and know that the best way to learn is to get hands-on! Our meetings are fun, interactive and practical, and followed by a trip to the Ram to relax and make new friends. We also regularly run socials and have guests including NHS staff to spark your interest!

EUFAS is integrated with the university’s St John Ambulance unit – Exeter Student Volunteering Unit (SVU), which is also completely student run. We recruit new members every year to become first aid volunteers for SJA. These volunteers receive comprehensive first aid training to become operational first aiders for the nation’s leading first aid charity. They can volunteer to provide first aid cover as part of SJA at a wide range of events. There are even opportunities to progress up to the level of emergency ambulance crew and travel all over the country!


German Society

Our German Society as a short introduction is to play the role of being a common society for German-speaking students on campus, those studying the language or those with just an interest in Germany. This year we aim to run several socials as well as conversation classes and German film screenings.


Global Cafe

Globe Café is a space for international students to make local and international friends, and hang out with both students and non-students. Every Monday 7:30pm at Belmont Chapel, we meet to share culture, play games, and chat about a different theme.

ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME!!! (…regardless of your culture, religious beliefs, background, etc.). All events are free of charge. Come join us for friendship, sharing, and fun!


K-Pop society

The K-Pop Society is a safe community built on the common love of Korean music. We have game nights, dance tutorials, and fun nights out. Visit us at the Global Festival for a free session voucher!


Model UN Society

Model United Nations in a style of debate practiced all over the world. Rather than taking a for or against stance on a statement, Model UN allows participants to debate from the perspective of a country, with a focus on geopolitics. Delegates typically discuss foreign policy, international involvement, and diplomatic relations. By combining both public speaking and resolution writing, MUN develops a range of skills. Alongside our weekly debates, we give members the opportunity to participate in national and international conferences in which we compete against other universities.


Multicultral Students Society

Hello! We are a society for students who identify themselves with multiple cultures, and who often struggle to formulate an answer to where they’re from. We are a blend of our parents’ culture(s), the culture(s) of where we lived, and the wider international community’s culture. Many of us will have grown up in more than one country, travelled a lot, went to an international school, etc. We are globally-minded and citizens of the world.

We’d like to welcome everyone with open arms!


Students of Colour Association

We promote the inclusion, welfare, and social mobility of all minority students at the University of Exeter. While cultural societies exist, we are the only society which is uniquely dedicated to support ethnic minorities from all backgrounds and cultures— the proud character that defines who we are.

SCA welcomes students from all backgrounds who share our concerns about prejudice, the lack of diversity and what we can do to combat their effects on the student body. We look forward to continuing to cultivate a growing community of diverse students through regular social events and activities, academic skill training, and workshops on employability.


Yoga Society

Offering weekly classes, socials and a like-minded community! 


The University of Exeter's support services are here to offer advice and support to all students and staff who want it. They support students and staff from all backgrounds, and at this year's Global Festival you will have the opportunity to meet members of the below services and find out how they can help you during your time at Exeter and beyond.


Careers Zone

The Career Zone has dedicated provision and careers staff who work exclusively with Business School students, including extra tailored support for international students:

Career Zone advice for international students

Careers workshops for international students bookable on Handshake now

India Career Ready – workshops are bookable on Handshake now

China Career Ready – workshops coming soon on Handshake

Come and chat to members of the Business School's dedicated Careers Team to find out how they can help you build the future you want.


Student Circus

Student Circus is a job-readiness platform for international students, with pre-filtered job opportunities that fit their needs as well as aspirations. An award-winning employability platform, it is trusted by 65+ universities to boost their international student support globally, with international graduates landing jobs at the likes of KPMG, Deloitte, Blackrock, Rolls Royce, among others.



After graduation you will join part of a network of over 27,000 University of Exeter Business School alumni worldwide. Find out how you can get involved and meet the School's Alumni Team at the Global Festival.


Global Leaders Experience

The Global Leaders Experience is an employability scheme designed to develop your intercultural skills as part of a short, outbound mobility experience. Typically a week in duration and covering themes such as sustainability, human rights and digital heritage, we facilitate both online and in-person programmes abroad, in partnership with prestigious organisations and global employers. 

Our programmes combine an educational, cultural and ‘real-world’ learning experience aligned to the development of interdisciplinary knowledge and acquisition of high-level skills required for professional career paths. Previous programmes have taken place in The Hague, Porto, and Geneva (to name a few!). Undertaking a Global Leaders Experience will help you develop and hone key skills, all while offering the opportunity to work with a diverse, international group of students and industry clients!  

Sign up here to join our interest list and be notified of future Global Leaders Experiences.


Discover Postgraduate

Interested in continuing your education with Exeter and studying for a Masters next year? Come and speak to members of our recruitment team and discover postgraduate education at the University of Exeter.


English Language Skills Development Programme

The English Language Skills Development programme, run by the Insessional team is aimed at all students at the university who speak English as a second language. The team provides an extensive range of courses, classes and one-to-one support in addition to independent learning resources available on the Guided Independent Learning site.


Wellbeing & AccessAbility

Student wellbeing - Student Wellbeing and Welfare Services provide free advice, guidance and support for students on all University of Exeter campuses.

Colleague wellbeing - We have a range of internal and external support services, plus advice and tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. For any further support please email us at


Multifaith Chaplaincy

Our multifaith Chaplaincy team constitutes a team of faith leaders from a wide variety of faith backgrounds and world views, including Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, in addition to a part-time multifaith co-ordinator and a part-time administrator.


Details of this year's keynote speech coming soon!

Postcard competition

As we gear up for another unforgettable Global Festival, we're excited to introduce a fantastic opportunity for you to leave your mark on this year's celebrations. Get ready to showcase your creativity and talent in the Global Festival Postcard Design Competition!

The Challenge: Create an original postcard design that captures the essence and spirit of our global festival. Whether it's the vibrant colours, diverse cultures, or the sheer joy of the occasion, we want your design to convey what makes this festival special.

The Prize: The winning design will be transformed into an official festival postcard, which will be available at our festival postbox for attendees to send a piece of the festival home to their loved ones - for free! The winner will also receive a £20 InExeter giftcard.

How to Participate:

  1. Create Your Design: Let your imagination run wild! Designs should be a regular postcard size of 4x6 inches

  2. Submit Your Entry: Submit your design by emailing (Don't forget to include your contact information!)

  3. Winning Design: Our panel of judges will carefully evaluate all entries and select the winning design, which will be announced on Thursday 19th October (the judges’ decision is final).

  4. Festival Debut: The winning design will be featured on official festival postcards, and attendees will have the opportunity to send these postcards home for free!

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: Tuesday 17th October
  • Winner Announcement: Thursday 19th October
  • Festival Date: Thursday 19th October

The details:

  • The Global Festival 2023 Postcard Competition is open to all current or former students and staff of the University of Exeter.
  • Entries must be submitted by the closing date of Midday Tuesday 17th October 2023, details of how to submit entries above.
  • If the entry is from a team then the prize will be awarded to the team, for them to share according to themselves.
  • By submitting the entry, participants warrant that the entries submitted are the participants’ original work.
  • By submitting an entry the participant confirms their agreement to the University's use of their work for any non-commercial purpose including, but not limited to, broadcasting via the internet.
  • The exclusion of any copyright violations in entries submitted for the competition is entirely the responsibility of the participant. If the University reasonably believes that any entry may create liability for the University, it may remove such an entry from any websites displaying the entry as it believes in its sole discretion is prudent or necessary to minimise or eliminate its potential liability. The University has no obligation to include all or any part of the entries on any website.
  • Visual arts entries will be shortlisted and if successfully shortlisted, judged, in the format in which they are submitted.

For any questions regarding the competition please contact

National dress

Every country retains its national identity through its unique clothing that has been passed on from generation to generation. This clothing represents the history, cultural traditions, design sensibilities, craft traditions, as well as an adaptation to local weather. It can also represent social, marital, or religious status. It’s often rooted in rich traditions and gives people a sense of continuity. 

In many countries, national costumes are now only worn during festivals, ceremonies, and special occasions, but in others, traditional clothing is worn in everyday life even today.

We would love to celebrate this by asking those joining the festival to wear your traditional outfits and signature items of clothing from your home country and cultures around the world, or to wear the colours of your home country's flag.

Have your say

We are inviting everyone to share and express their feelings around the theme of Global Culture. What does Global Culture mean to you?

Global Culture can mean different things to different people, and we would love hear what global culture means to you. Explore the padlet below to find out what our students and staff say Global Culture means to them, and add your thoughts too!

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