FXU President Student Experience: Update March 2016

Here’s what FXU President Student Experience, Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson, has been working on recently…

Amanda, FXU President Student Experience

Hi all!

I hope you’re all well and loving life! Firstly a huge thank you to all of you who not only voted in the recent President Elections but also a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who re-elected me! I hope that in the extra 12 months you’ve now given me I’ll be able to not only get a load more stuff achieved for you all but, of course, keep on representing you on big issues that you feel need prioritising. Big congratulations to the other newly elected Presidents and to everyone who stood for a post.


And now that I have your undivided attention…

Please fill out the survey below! This is an annual survey that FX Plus (the service provider on campus) put out to get feedback on things such as library, IT, travel, study spaces, catering and retail. There are also general questions and comments boxes where you can say whatever is on your mind – so go crazy! All completed survey entrants will be entered into a prize draw which could win you some sick prizes – including a stay for two at the luxury Watergate Bay Hotel and tickets for the FXU Garden Party.

Follow this link to maybe win yourself tickets to the fastest selling event on campus!

Disability Week – Sport For All Day

This day was the absolute highlight of Don’t DisAbility week for me! The variety of events we hosted on this day was so exciting and it was amazing to have so many students getting involved. The wheelchair basketball match between the Cornish Cougars and the FXU Basketball team was incredibly close and I was so proud to see quite how quickly the FXU team adapted to playing in the basketball chairs! The photo below shows the Cornish Cougars, FXU Basketball team, FXU Fusion (the cheerleading squad) and The Disability Campaign team. Hopefully when the new Penryn campus sports centre is completed (Sept 2016!) we will be able to host many more opportunities such as this, so everyone can try new sports and – most importantly – have fun! The obstacle courses around campus were absolutely great; it was both eye-opening and competitive for the students and staff who spent time getting used to being in the wheelchairs. A truly fascinating talk and Q+A session with Fred Bridges proved very popular. Having played in the World Cup-winning England Physical Disability Cricket Team, Fred was incredibly inspirational and down to earth. There definitely needs to be a huge shout out to the students who started this whole idea and worked with us to make it happen. They were so committed and dedicated, it’s hardly a surprise that so much money was raised for two such worthy charities!

dont disability week


Not everything is all fun and games when you’re President and accommodation has inarguably been what I have spent most of my time dealing with this so far this term. I’ve constantly been working with both Falmouth and Exeter Universities to make sure that your concerns are being heard at the highest levels possible. It’s important that if you want help in finding a house, please head to the Accommodation office (located in Glasney Lodge, Penryn Campus) as they have advisors who are here to specifically to help with these concerns. Please also get in touch with myself, your University or the Accommodation team if you have further questions or concerns. At our recent AGM, a motion was passed by students mandating myself and the other Presidents to “lobby the University of Exeter, Falmouth University and FX Plus to oppose any expansion of student numbers at this time, until a sustainable solution to the housing crisis is found and agreed upon by all parties, including the local town councils of Falmouth and Penryn and the FXU.” Please be assured I am already doing this and will continue to do so at every level possible.

Club + Society Shout Outs!

There’s literally so much that our clubs and societies have done recently it’s pretty hard to highlight all of their hard work! The Falmouth Anchor continually do their ‘In The Spotlight’ section, which is where they give recognition to other students and they always have a good eye for what’s going on. CSMSA raised over a grand during their annual Crazy Week and the Islamic Society hosted yet another successful Believe and Do Good month; there’s more guest speakers coming to campus than ever before and the number of events we all can attend is ever increasing and diversifying. It would be scandalous to write a blog post without mentioning the Bottle Match. Despite the classic Cornish weather getting involved at the last minute, the majority of matches went ahead in various locations around Cornwall. Having watched the valiant attempts to regain the Bottle over my three years here as a student, it was so incredibly satisfying to watch the CSM Rugby boys carry it home after six years.


Don’t forget to follow FXU on Instagram. I’ve taken this one over slightly and not only do I thoroughly enjoy shouting about what clubs/societies are up to, I like to keep you all inundated with beautiful places to explore in Cornwall! Just search for @FXU_Insta.

And finally, SHED TALKS IS HERE!

Named after the fantastic Jungle Shed built by the FXU Green Living project, SHED Talks are a series of short talks based around sustainability and social justice. The first night of SHED talks is set for Monday 14 March and tickets can be bought on the FXU website. The talks will be given by students, lecturers and external speakers on a vast range of truly fascinating subjects. Have a look on their Facebook page to find out more.

shed talks

Cheers, everyone!


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