Interview with Mandy Barnes from Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services

This interview references sexual violence. There are support resources at the end of the article. Hi Mandy! Would you be able to explain what Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services (DRCSAS) does for anyone who might not be sure? DRCSAS is a confidential and professional support organisation based in Exeter, but we also have offices in Barnstaple and Torquay. The service is for anybody … Continue reading Interview with Mandy Barnes from Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services

Interview with Matriarch founder Ria Kalsi

*content warning: death threats, low self esteem, body image* RAZZ writer Amber Hogan speaks to Ria Kalsi, founder of online platform Matriarch, defined as “the platform that strives to create change, empower and build human connection”. Ria talks about the benefits and challenges of using social media, online trends and dealing with negativity.  What made you decide to use social media as your platform for … Continue reading Interview with Matriarch founder Ria Kalsi

Interview: Stroll Mates Exeter

The death of Sarah Everard sent shockwaves across the nation; the murder of an innocent young woman, whilst she walked home, highlighting not only the absence of measures to protect women but also the extent of male inflicted sexual violence across the UK. Closer to home, the sexual assault of two female students on campus cast a light on the problem of sexual violence towards women and the existence of rape culture within Exeter itself. Continue reading Interview: Stroll Mates Exeter

In Conversation with Active Together 

Over the past academic year, Exeter University’s Education Incubator opened up a call for student-led, anti-racism projects, announcing that they were “looking for students at Exeter who [wanted] to develop innovative ideas and approaches to enhance the anti-racism agenda both within the University community and beyond.” Subsequently, five student-led projects were awarded funding to develop their collaborative, student-centric, anti-racism projects. I had the chance to speak to the faces behind one of these projects: Nina Cunningham, a third year BSc Sociology student, Rhianna Garrett, a Master’s student of Technology, Creativity and Thinking in Education, and Manan Shah, a first year LLB Law student. Together, they launched Active Together, which aims to tackle the culture of racism and microaggressions that can be prevalent within University societies.  Continue reading In Conversation with Active Together 

Bleed Greener: Spotlight on Sustainability Week

The 1st to the 5th March is this year’s Sustainability Week, an annual event that emphasises the importance of making sustainable choices. However, there is one thing that sets this year’s Sustainability Week apart from similar efforts that have been made in previous years: the Societies Sustainability Alliance. At present, this Alliance is comprised of 17 different societies which, collectively and in collaboration with university staff, aim to “improve representation from societies and groups in discussion and decision-making regarding sustainability at the University of Exeter” (Societies Sustainability Alliance Terms of Reference). The member societies range from those that already have a distinct environmental focus, such as Be The Change, to those that have a more academic focus, such as the Exeter Law Society. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Spotlight on Sustainability Week

Interview: Art Society Discusses Lockdown Life Drawing

It’s an overwhelming understatement to say that it’s been a difficult year, for very obvious reasons. Everything, in our personal, professional, and literally physical existences, has become increasingly strained and under pressure. Approaching the year anniversary of our first lockdown, this pressure is building more than ever. This also means that it’s been almost a year since societies have been able to run any regular events. In-person events are crucial to the running of many societies and with guidelines changing all the time and the country moving in and out of lockdowns and tiers, the impact has been far felt. However, COVID-19 has had a particularly dramatic impact on the art community in Exeter, with restrictions preventing perhaps the most personal of in-person events, the life drawing class. Continue reading Interview: Art Society Discusses Lockdown Life Drawing

Bleed Greener: Interview with Faye Jennings-Mosquera from Zero Exeter

Faye and her husband own two zero-waste stores in the south-west: Zero Exeter, which can be found on Fore Street, and Zero Exmouth, located on Chapel Street in Exmouth. Faye kindly took time out of her busy schedule to talk to RAZZ about the philosophy behind her stores, what it’s been like running the business during the pandemic, and the best ways for people to cut down on their waste. Continue reading Bleed Greener: Interview with Faye Jennings-Mosquera from Zero Exeter

Interview: RAZZ x Recognise RED

Domestic services have been drastically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A report by Women’s Aid titled ‘A Perfect Storm’ details the extent of this. 61% of respondents said, “the abuse had worsened” and 68% of respondents said, “they felt they had no one to turn to during lockdown”. Women’s Aid Chief Executive Nicki Norman explained how “women’s domestic abuse support services were already facing a funding crisis when the pandemic hit. They had little or no financial resilience to meet the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19”, and she went on to state “at a time when public services are diverted by COVID-19, the need for specialist domestic abuse services has never been more critical”. Continue reading Interview: RAZZ x Recognise RED