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Global Festival 2022

Global Festival 2022

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. This year, staff, students and friends are invited to join us for the Business School’s first ever Global Festival.

What is the Global Festival?

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.

What activities can I participate in?

There is 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 visit our Eventbrite page to book your workshop places.

What are the key aims of the Global Festival?

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.

Covid-related information

If you would like to wear a face mask, please do. If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend the festival. Instead, follow us on social media to join in from home - Instagram @uofebusiness

Who can I contact for further information?

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


La Touche Cafe, Building:One

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.

La Touche Cafe, Building:One From 16:30

Live music and dance

Members of our students societies will be showcasing their talents during the festival in La Touche Cafe. Confirmed performers include:

  • Sweet Nothings
  • Symphony Orchestra
La Touche Cafe, Building:One From 17:00


Keep an eye out for delicious cuisines offered throughout the festival. Make sure you get there early so you don't miss out!

Food will be available on a first come first serve basis, please register your interest via Eventbrite to help us manage the amount available.

Careers stand, Xfi Study Area From 16:30

Careers scavenger hunt

Visit the Careers stand in Xfi study space to pick up your scavenger hunt challenge, there will be prizes for the winners!

Xfi study rooms From 16:30

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.

Xfi Seminar Room A 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 we would advise you to register your interest via Eventbrite to help us manage numbers.

Xfi Seminar Room B From 16:30

Double Elephant, Screen Printing 16:30 onwards

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 we would advise you to register your interest via Eventbrite to help us manage numbers.

Xfi Seminar Room C 16:40 - 17:40

Climate Justice workshop

The climate crisis is an issue which dominates the media and is a leading cause of anxiety for young people. We all know governments are not doing enough to protect people and the planet. We are currently way off track to limit warming to 1.5ºC.

One solution proposed by governments, activists and policymakers is  the Global Green New Deal. This is a holistic, intersectional approach to climate action, recognising that climate, social and economic justice can only be achieved together.

This workshop will explore the climate crisis, the Global Green New Deal, and how it can be applied locally to Exeter. It will be run by Emma de Saram, a climate justice activist and Vice President Liberation and Equality at the Student’s Guild. There will be a short presentation followed by interactive activities. 

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

Xfi Conference Room 1 17:00 - 18:30 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.

Xfi Conference Room 2 17:00 - 18:00 Breakdancing workshop

Join the Breakdance Society for a fun introduction to breakdancing session during the Global Festival! The Breakdance Society is a relatively small society but has a long history, celebrating 20 years of existence this year. The society is very beginner friendly and is committed first of all to creating a comfortable and safe atmosphere for members to be themselves and feel part of a family as they progress and improve at the dance form which is breakdancing.

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

Henderson Lecture Theatre, Xfi Building  18:30

Keynote speech: University of Sanctuary

We’re collaborating with the University of Sanctuary team to deliver the keynote speech, where you’ll have an incredible opportunity to listen to one of our recent Sanctuary Scholars as they talk about their experience of coming to Exeter as an asylum seeker and refugee. Listen to the pre-event podcast now.

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

M&D Room, Devonshire House  20:00

Black History Month screening of Summer of Soul

As part of the Global Festival and to celebrate Black History Month, the Business School have teamed up with Exeter's Campus Cinema Society to offer a special screening of the 2021 film, 'Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)'. Tickets are discounted to £1 and you will receive a free sweet treat.

Registration for this event is essential, please find more information and register for your ticket via the Campus Cinema Society's event listing here.

Tickets will also be available from the Campus Society stand in La Touche during the festival.

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.


93% Club

Founded in July 2020, The 93% Club Exeter is a student led society dedicated to improving the experiences of state-educated students at The University of Exeter. The society was created in response to the expressed need to voice the experiences of state educated students at Exeter. While in the UK, 93% of students are state educated, this statistic is substantially lower at Exeter, with state school leavers accounting for just ~65% of our student body. This is the third lowest in the country.

The society aims to bridge the educational divide between state and private school students. We want to create a community where students feel welcomed at university regardless of their prior schooling and/or socio-economic background, and support students in achieving their post-university goals.


Bluebelles a cappella society

We are The Bluebells, an all-female and non-binary a cappella group who sing a mix of genres and styles. At the start of this term we welcomed some new members into our group, so we will be performing  some of our old set with the remaining group from last year as well as some new songs with our new members. We hope you enjoy!


Breakdancing Society

The Breakdancing Society is a relatively small society but has a long history within the society, celebrating 20 years of existence this year. The society is very beginner friendly and is committed first of all to creating a comfortable and safe atmosphere for members to be themselves and feel part of a family as they progress and improve at the dance form which is breakdancing. 


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!


Contemporary Choir

We are a fun, friendly and inclusive non-auditioned choir that sings music from a wide range of genres. We’re one of the biggest music societies on campus and are very proud to have won ‘Best New Society’ at the Society Awards 2019 and ‘Student Group of the Year’ at the Guild Awards two years running in 2019 and 2020! 

We're open to everyone with no audition process; some of our members have sung in choirs before and others have never sung with a group until now! 

You can find us online at and on social media @execontempchoir!


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 Exeter is Exeter University’s Social Enterprise society; just one of a larger network of student societies spread across Universities all over the world. We have a host of projects that tackle pressing global issues such as poverty, waste and homelessness.  

Our Locally based and International projects have identified problems and use entrepreneurial action to find a solution and improve the lives of the individuals and communities that we work with.

We are social enterprises: innovative businesses that empower beneficiaries and make a difference in society. 


Exeter podcast society – special podcast with sanctuary team on it's way!

Podcast Society is a space to discuss, create and discover podcasts of all type, surrounded by people who share a similar love! We have regular PodClub meetings, where we can talk about the podcasts we listen to, and Podcast Creation Workshops where we teach people how to make their own!

Listen to the special edition Global Festival podcast with the University Sanctuary Team members Ben Hudson and Jim Price now.


Exeter Real Estate Society

Exeter Real Estate Society, known as ExRES, represents the growing body of students who share a strong interest in the property industry, allowing students and professionals to unite, to learn more about real estate and the highly rewarding career paths that are available. ExRES educates and supports students who are interested in a career in real estate through educational talks on graduate schemes and postgraduate study; networking opportunities with leading companies within the industry; and social events which are perfect opportunities for both freshers and returning students to meet other members of the society.


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!


Krav Maga Society

Krav Maga is a practical and realistic approach to self-defence that educates people in the subjects of fighting and combat skills, as well as skills to defend others. Krav Maga is taught in a unique and comprehensive manner and was developed under realistic conditions. You will learn how to prevent, avoid, deter, or deal with all kinds of threats and attacks, including those with weapons in fun, safe and engaging classes.


Legion Dance Society

Legion Dance Society is a Commercial/ Hip-Hop based Dance Society that strongly promotes diversity and strength in numbers. We offer a wide range of dance styles, for all abilities. So it doesn’t matter if you were born in your ballet pumps, or want to start dancing now, our coaches are here for you! Join us to share and grow your love for dance, in a non-competitive and supportive environment.


Maths Society

One of the university’s largest academic societies and the organisation dedicated to Maths students. We strive to bring Maths students together predominantly through socials and sports, but this year we’re going the extra mile to host events with a range of other societies and clubs, as well as introduce a family scheme to help support you with your studies! 


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.


Pakistani Society

The Pakistani Society aims to be a home away from home for South Asian, international students and any other students who want to join! We hope to bring the culture of Pakistan into the lives of students here by hosting events that include traditional music, dress, food and more.

A part of our goal is also to bridge the gap between the two communities, we work with charities working in Pakistan to fight against the socio-economic imparities by fundraising and raising awareness for their cause.  Alongside this, we hope to be a point of contact for Pakistani students who are currently enrolled in Exeter or wish to study here for any guidance we can provide.

The society aims to host a variety of events. From music nights, barbecues, movie nights, and shisha & chai nights to political debates and educational forums: Pakistani Society offers it all! In addition, cultural and religious events like Eid are also celebrated.


Queer and BAME collective

The Queer & BAME Collective is a society aiming to build an inclusive, positive, and welcoming community in Exeter. This is a safe space for Queer people, BAME people, and allies to come together to raise awareness and represent voices that often are unrepresented or unheard. 


Real Estate Society

Exeter Real Estate Society, known as ExRES, represents the growing body of students who share a strong interest in the property industry, allowing students and professionals to unite, to learn more about real estate and the highly rewarding career paths that are available. ExRES educates and supports students who are interested in a career in real estate through educational talks on graduate schemes and postgraduate study; networking opportunities with leading companies within the industry; and social events which are perfect opportunities for both freshers and returning students to meet other members of the society. 


Rethinking Society

Established in 2016, by individuals from a broad range of subject areas at the university, this diversity of opinion, ideas and experience is at our very core. We are above all else an academic society and we welcome student from all subjects , all areas of interest and from all levels of academia. There are no prerequisites for members, we just ask members to keep an open mind and be willing to be exposed to a diverse range of ideas.

We meet once a week to discuss and “Rethink” a broad topic, such as "Political correctness", “War”, “Mental Health” and many more. These are discussed in ‘circle debates’, of groups no bigger than 15 which ensures plenty of opportunity for participation and a meaningful and robust discussion. But also, if you would prefer, feel free to just come along and listen.


Sci-fi and Fantasy Society

As a society, we are proud to be diverse in both our membership as a whole and by the interests we hold. From the encyclopedic to the casual, we welcome all, whether you know and can speak every fictional language under the binary suns or whether you watched Thor once, grew an unhealthy attachment to Korg and wish to find others who think the same. 

Truly, we believe our society is a place where friendships are forged with something to interact with for even the most introverted of those either beginning or somewhere along their University journey. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, or even not but something about the quality of this introduction strikes some movement in your life, come along to one of our events and see for yourself how the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Society is the one for you! 



Sexpression:UK is a network of student projects based at UK universities. We believe in empowering young people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. We do this by running informal, fun, student-led sex and relationships sessions in our local communities.


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.


‘Sweet Nothings’

Exeter’s first all female contemporary A cappella group! The Sweet Nothings are a sassy energetic and fun group of performers, who love to sing in harmony and create smash hits together. In the last few years  we have won the ICCA quarterfinals and placed 4th in the UK finals, released an EP, as well as successfully sold out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, having just finished our fringe run this year! Our EP, ‘Amplify’, which we released on all streaming platforms in 2019 year, features the songs “Woman Like Me”, a mashup of “Human/La La La” and the beautiful “Landslide”.


University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Orchestra

We hope you enjoy what we have to play for you during the Global Festival! If you were to ask any one of us, we could definitely vouch for the community spirit and the friendliness of the society.

We have two full-scale ensembles: our Symphony Orchestra (EUSO) and our Symphonic Wind Orchestra (EUSWO), and the orchestras put on three joint concerts each year (one in each academic term). EUSWO is a fully auditioned wind orchestra, and we audition woodwind, brass and front desk string players for EUSO. We benefit from a professional conductor, Tim Pithers - with his experience and knowledge we are able to play a wide range of music. Recent repertoire includes works such as Dvorak's 9th Symphony and Sibelius' Finlandia for EUSO, and Nigel Hess' Global Variations and Excerpts from Copland's Appalachian Spring for EUSWO.

EUSO rehearse every Tuesday evening (7pm-9pm) in Kay House, whilst EUSWO usually have around four rehearsals each term, often on Wednesday evenings. We are always keen to welcome new players to our orchestras. If you have any questions about our society, please email us at


UN Women UK Society

UN Women UK Exeter is a charity society that works with people of all genders and backgrounds to promote gender equality, female empowerment and the safety of female-presenting people around the world, aligning with the work of UN Women.


Uni Boob Team

We are Exeter Uni Boob Team (UBT), and we represent the boobtastic breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! on campus. We spread boob love and encourage people to check what's on their chest. We want to stamp out late detection and misdiagnosis of breast cancer. Our mission is to ensure all students understand the importance of coppin' a feel! Visit for more information. We have fun socials and fundraisers aiming to remind students to know the signs of breast cancer.

Come find us at the Global Festival for an added touch of sparkle!

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 the 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.


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.


Study Zone

Find out more about Study Zone and browse their academic skills resources on Study Zone Digital


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.


International Staff and PG Network

A space for international member of staff and PG students to connect, share experiences and information, and provide support to each other in a lighthearted way and with humour.


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

Some upcoming events which might be of interest:

  • Ongoing ‘Walk4Wellbeing’ – weekly walks, every Thursday from 13:10 – 13:50pm. Please contact Katherine in Wellbeing or Elly in the Chaplaincy Team for more details.
  • There will be a Wellbeing fair on Wednesday 9th November 11am – 15:00pm in Forum Street (TBC); aimed to hopefully capture late starters.

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.


International Student Support

International Student Support are here to help you from the moment you accept your place at Exeter through to graduation and beyond. We support your transition into university life with specialist UK immigration advice and targeted information about the UK, through airport collection and the International Welcome Programme, events to help you settle in such as Global Chums Mentoring, increase your connection and confidence at Intercultural Café and celebrate our diversity through major events like Diwali, Christmas celebrations and Lunar New Year.

We couldn’t do this without you. So if you are looking to take part or to volunteer look at our website:

And watch our for our monthly email ‘Your International News’!

The University of Exeter is committed to engaging with sanctuary seekers and is part of the University of Sanctuary network, a UK-wide initiative aiming to ensure that universities foster a culture of welcome and inclusion for asylum seekers and refugees.  We recognise that refugees and asylum seekers may face considerable challenges in their study and everyday life.  In 2017, a student group called STAR (Student Action for Refugees) petitioned us to provide scholarships for those who come to the UK seeking sanctuary.  In response, we developed a sanctuary scholarship programme which has, since 2017, supported 24 sanctuary-seeking students from 12 different countries who would not otherwise be able to study at the university.

We actively research asylum issues and have strong links with the Universities of Sanctuary Steering Group, local partners such as Exeter City of Sanctuary and Refugee Support Devon.  We support the City of Sanctuary charter and the work of the Academic Freedom and Internationalisation Working Group (AFIWG), which brings together academics from UK higher education institutions and the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG) to work on the protection of academic freedom and engage in advocacy for members of the academic community at risk across the world. 

As part of the Business School’s Global Festival, our current Sanctuary Scholar Sadigh Latif Jalili shared his story of being a refugee and member of the Hazara community.  He was joined by Jim Price (Head of Student Immigration Services) and Dr Ben Hudson (Lecturer in Law and Universities of Sanctuary National Steering Group member) who talked about Universities of Sanctuary and how to get involved in their work. Watch a YouTube recording of the impactful talk here, and Jim and Ben’s interview with Podcast Society president, Tia Vincent, here

Find out more about our work to support sanctuary seekers and combat the negative impacts of forced migration here

*NOW CLOSED - Winner has been notified*

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 to see what global culture means to you - through the medium of art! It could be a photograph, a digital animation, a painting, a poem - it's up to you! All entries will get the chance to win a prize - details coming soon!

Staff and students are invited to join in! To enter the competition, please do one of the following:

  • Add your entry to the padlet below
  • Send your piece to If you are a student, please make sure to include your Name/Student ID number in your email so we can contact you if you are a winner.
  • Arrange with us to drop it to the Business School reception by emailing

We hope that this year’s theme of Global Culture can be interpreted in many different ways and will inspire an interesting range of creative entries.

Deadline for entries is midday Thursday 13 October 2022 and judging of shortlisted entries will take place on the afternoon of the global Festival.

Selected entries will then be displayed in our new Global Lounge - we look forward to seeing your submissions! For more information please email


Competition rules


There are one-off prizes which will be decided at the judges’ discretion. The judges’ decision is final.

The Competition

  • The Global Festival 2022 Art 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 Thursday 13 October 2022, 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.


  • Piece of writing, poem – maximum of 1000 words. If chosen, displayed in our new Global Lounge.
  • Visual arts - a painting, illustration, sculpture, print, digital animation or photograph. If chosen, displayed in our new Global Lounge


The theme for the 2022 competition is “Global Culture”.

For any questions regarding the competition please contact

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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.

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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Commitment to Diversity

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