Here’s what FXU President Falmouth, Fred Mallin, has been working on recently…
What a week! No sooner than it had started, it was over. A massive congratulations are in order to the triumphant candidates, my successor and king of glittery beards; Chris Slesser! Tom Murray-Richards for Exeter! And returning as second year sabbatical officers, after a sterling record of achievements and performance this year; Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson for Student Experience and Alexa Webster for Community & Welfare. I feel FXU will see continued increased support for students with this strong and capable team! Commiserations and thank you to all other nominees, it wouldn’t have been half as successful without you running and I’m certain that your ideals will be represented by FXU. And finally, thank you to all FXU staff that supported and ran this multiple record-breaking event, it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of.
You may have heard, or even attended, FXU’s Annual General Meeting on 19/02/16. This is where FXU update all students that wish to hear about the running of our students’ union and what we, the presidents, have been doing with our time. With the theme of accommodation, it was also a platform for students to hold their respective universities to account for changes occurring at the moment. It was great to see another record broken in terms of attendance, which inspired lively and heartfelt debate surrounding the theme. If you want to know more, head on over to our website.
Something for international students to look out for! Grace Fisher, Alice Nicholls (Widening Student Participation Assistant) and I have been working in tandem with Mathilde Baade (your International Officer) on improving representation and events for our diverse student body. We’ve set up a working group with representatives from Falmouth, Exeter and FX Plus to create a ‘cultural events calendar’ of both international and local events. It’s not only a way to give these students the opportunity to celebrate key events as they would at home but also a way for all students to communally enjoy these international cultural events together. So stay tuned for even more to get involved in with FXU and your student body!
I am currently working across all departments to up the rewards and benefits of being a rep. I believe that regular and constructive opinions from you, the students, is paramount to improving the quality of the degree you work so hard for. I would like to see a greater weighting in how the courses are organised coming from more regular student/staff meetings; that is why I have been meeting more often with reps, students and staff to improve the election process, buy-in from departments and improved communication between all relevant parties. Look out for second and third year nominations happening for first and second years, now opening this year, 18/04/16.
Woodlane (Falmouth Campus)
Just a quick shout out; I’ve been working hard on improving parity for students at Woodlane. I have seen a greater number of involved and interested students than ever and it’s been humbling to be a part of. They are a testament to the voice all students have if they wish to utilise it.