Community & Society
  • SUNDAY 15 MAY 2022

    Kidical Mass comes to Exeter

    Kidical Mass Exeter is holding its first family bike ride and picnic as part of a global campaign for safe cycling routes for children, young people and families.

    BELMONT PARK

  • SATURDAY 11-SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022

    Exeter Respect Festival 2022

    Exeter Respect Festival returns to Belmont Park for its 25th anniversary with live music and performance, food stalls, campaigners and community groups.

    BELMONT PARK

  • SATURDAY 14 MAY 2022

    Exeter Pride 2022

    Exeter Pride returns for an in-person celebration of LGBTQIA+ diversity and visibility after moving online in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    NORTHERNHAY GARDENS

  • SUNDAY 8 MAY 2022

    Fore Street Flea

    Fore Street Flea market returns for an Exeter Pride-themed special event.

    FORE STREET

  • SUNDAY 8 MAY 2022

    Traditional Italian music and dance

    La Tarantella and the Italian Cultural Association are holding a workshop exploring the folk traditions of Southern Italy in music, dance and song.

    ST JAMES' CHURCH

  • Exeter Ukrainian refugee support hub Conversation Café

    Ukrainian refugee support hub opens in Exeter city centre

    Conversation Café pop-up offers information, resources, events and meeting space to help cut through the confusion surrounding the Homes for Ukraine scheme and enable Devon's response to the crisis.

    Universities social mobility scatter chart showing University of Exeter ranking

    University of Exeter ranked bottom of Russell Group and 103rd overall in social mobility league table

    Landmark study by Institute for Fiscal Studies, Sutton Trust and Department for Education finds University of Exeter undergraduates are less likely to come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those that do are less likely to be high earners.

    Reclaim the Night march on Exeter High Street

    500 march in Reclaim the Night protest against sexual violence and harassment on Exeter streets

    Annual event promoting public awareness of male violence against women and girls in public spaces coincides with international human rights campaigns.

    St. Thomas Community Garden volunteers

    First St. Thomas winter market brings festival feel to "overlooked" area of Exeter

    A community-run event at St. Thomas' Church combined artisan traders with music, storytelling and craft workshops to create a family-friendly festival atmosphere.

    St. Sidwell's Community Centre Sidwella Day

    St Sid's holds double celebration of community centre's 20th anniversary and Sidwella Day

    Local residents are invited to an afternoon of live music, good food, heritage tours and garden discovery trail in honour of Sidwella, Exeter's patron saint.

    Kinder Exeter community festival on Cathedral Green

    Kinder Exeter community festival brings compassion and colour to city centre

    Week-long event bringing artists, academics, students and communities together for online and outdoor activities was first of planned annual festivals facilitated by Maketank artists' collective.

    Great Western Hotel beside Exeter St. David's railway station

    Exeter rough sleepers in COVID-19 emergency accommodation face uncertain future

    Exeter City Council has yet to confirm whether it will use any of the £2.15m Rough Sleeping Initiative funding it has received since 2018 to keep housing rough sleepers when government emergency accommodation funding runs out.

    Night shelter for homeless and rough sleepers in Magdalen Street, Exeter (front)

    Exeter rough sleepers night shelter to open all year round

    Exeter City Council has approved plans to extend Magdalen Street night shelter opening from April to the end of September.

    Exeter University & College Union strike third week rally at St. David's Church - Billy Bragg concert

    University of Exeter strike ends third week with rally and concert at St. David's Church

    The Exeter branch of the University & College Union (UCU) is taking part in four weeks of national industrial action over pensions, equal pay for female and BAME staff, increasing workloads and the use of casual employment contracts.

    Sally Ride, America's first woman astronaut communicates with ground controllers from the flight deck

    University of Exeter PRISM network champions queer STEMM pioneers

    Exeter students celebrated the lives of polar explorer and botanist Elke Mackenzie, inventor, engineer and futurist Nikola Tesla and astronaut and children's author Sally Ride in winning LGBT+ network competition entries.

    Jubilee Beauty - Exeter Central library chidren's area rocking horse

    Exeter library children's horse to keep on rocking!

    A crowdfunding appeal has successfully raised £1000 to repair Exeter Central library's popular rocking horse, Jubilee Beauty.

    Striking University of Exeter history lecturers Dr Jennifer Farrell and Dr Gemma Clark

    University of Exeter staff strike over pay, pensions and working conditions

    The Exeter branch of the University & College Union (UCU) is taking part in a national eight day strike for fair pay and pensions, including equal pay for female and BAME staff, and against casualisation and increasing workloads.

    Rhian Keyse speaking at Exeter UCU's anti-casualisation campaign launch

    Education union challenges university to address widespread casualisation of teaching staff

    Exeter University & College Union (UCU) launched an anti-casualisation campaign on Friday as a prelude to negotiation with the University of Exeter over academic staff contracts.


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    Transport & Mobility

    Kidical Mass Exeter: "The best day ever"

    300 people took part in the first Kidical Mass Exeter family bike ride on Sunday 15 May as part of a global campaign for safe cycling routes for children, young people and families.

    Cargo bike carrying kids in Exeter

    If you think electric vehicles are the answer, you're asking the wrong question

    Mike Walton of Exeter Cycling Campaign says we shouldn't be seduced by the motoring lobby into believing that electric cars can create the future we and our children need.

    RMT campaign sticker on Exeter bus shelter

    Stagecoach strike to take place following failed pay negotiations

    Transport union RMT says Stagecoach pay offer is unsatisfactory and demands better conditions as staff shortages threaten services.

    Planning & Place
    Exeter Labour manifesto for Exeter City Council 2022 elections - front cover

    Do Exeter Labour election campaign claims stand up to scrutiny? Part I: Exeter's housing crisis

    The first instalment in our 2022 local elections coverage examines Exeter Labour claims related to the housing crisis overtaking the city.

    Exeter student house in multiple occupation

    Council consultants confirm 58% of Exeter's university students live in city's residential housing stock

    2021-22 university figures suggest there are now more than 4,500 student HMOs in the city, consistent with ONS findings, with number set to surpass Exeter's council housing provision.

    Individual overseas ownership of Exeter property titles 2010 to 2021 bar chart

    Individual overseas ownership of Exeter property triples in ten years

    350% rise greater than in Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, increasing housing costs, reducing home ownership levels and harming housing affordability.

    Arts & Culture
  • TUESDAY 24 MAY 2022

    The Shadow: a Devon for Ukraine fundraiser

    Soviet playwright Evgengy Schwartz' poetic and philosophical retelling of a Hans Christian Anderson tale is a subversive fable about choices we make for social and political gain and for love.

    MAKETANK

  • FRIDAY 27 MAY 2022

    Cast A Sheep's Eye: 16th and 17th century love songs

    Joe Levy and Konstantinos Terzakis perform Renaissance and Baroque music by Purcell, Dowland, Morley and others in a series of concerts in historic buildings.

    THE HALL, STEPCOTE HILL

  • SUNDAY 29 MAY 2022

    Sound Walks with Emma Welton

    Musician and sound artist Emma Welton is leading a series of Sunday afternoon sound walks as part of Exeter Dream Festival.

    MILL ON THE EXE

  • Climate & Environment
    Climate delay discourse typology

    Do Exeter Labour election campaign claims stand up to scrutiny? Part III: Climate & environment

    The third in our 2022 local elections series examines Exeter Labour claims about climate crisis leadership, renewable energy, recycling, retrofitting and development standards as well as decisions to scrap council and city decarbonisation goals.

    Net Zero Exeter 2030 plan cover edit

    Exeter City Council abandons city 2030 decarbonisation "ambition"

    Unannounced decision to exclude scope 3 emissions constituting around 43% of Exeter's carbon footprint from "net zero" plans effectively ensures city will not meet its decarbonisation goals.

    Devon council climate action plan Climate Emergency UK scorecard scores bar chart

    Exeter decarbonisation plans found wanting in nationwide council climate action plan study

    Somerset West and Taunton highest scoring local authority area with East Devon in third place nationally in comprehensive Climate Emergency UK analysis.

    Democracy & Governance
    Exeter City Council 2022 annual meeting 17 May 2022

    Labour councillors appointed to all fourteen city council committee chairs at annual meeting

    Council leader falsely claims "overwhelming majority" voted Labour in Exeter local elections while circumvention of council decision-making scrutiny continues.

    Exeter City Council party seat distribution after 2022 local elections

    Greens take three seats from Labour so Progressive Group replaces Conservatives as official opposition

    Conservative loss in Topsham among significant vote share changes in 2022 Exeter City Council elections suggesting city's political landscape in flux.

    2022-23 band D council tax charges ranges (England)

    Do Exeter Labour election campaign claims stand up to scrutiny? Coda: Council tax

    The last part of our 2022 local elections series is a coda examining Exeter Labour's claim that the city has one of the lowest rates of council tax in the country.

    Economy & Enterprise
    Shops to let on Exeter High Street

    Do Exeter Labour election campaign claims stand up to scrutiny? Part II: Economy & city centre

    The second in our 2022 local elections series examines Exeter Labour claims about the city centre and Exeter's wider economy, including its misrepresentation of content marketing materials as authoritative sources of information about the city.

    Job Centre Plus entrance

    Exeter workers to be among hardest hit by £20 cut in universal credit

    Analysis shows proportion of benefit claimants in Exeter in work is among highest in country.

    Centre for Cities Exeter City Monitor graphic

    Selective use of statistics presents an unbalanced account of Exeter's economic & environmental status

    Exeter City Council's Chief Executive uses statistics to show the city in a good light, but in doing so presents a picture which omits important information about the city's true position.