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Student Money Week
Photo of Sabbatical Officer team for year 23/24

This week is National Student Money Week- a time to focus on budgeting skills, financial wellbeing, and hot deals. But in 2024, it has a different tone. The ‘Cost of Living Crisis’ is pushing students to the brink, and with little support from the Government, there needs to be big systemic changes if universities expect students to stay quiet about this struggle.

 
Meet your Sabbatical Officers for 2024/25

It’s been a week of candidates, voting, free doughnuts, chatting about student democracy, and getting out and about. Now you get to find out the winners of the Sabbatical Officer Elections 2024.

 
5 reasons why you should vote in the Sabbatical Elections
Vote now

Voting in the Sabbatical Elections 2024 is now open! Here's some reasons why you should cast your vote now.

 
Here's what you need to know about nominating to be a Sabbatical Officer!

Think you’d like to run for sabbatical officer but don’t want to run this year? Here’s 4 ways you can learn more about the role ahead of elections next year!

 
LGBTQ+ History Month profile: Lily Parr
LGBTQ+ History Month

It's important to highlight the challenges that the LGBTQ+ community have endured in their past, in order to help understand and support the modern community that continues to thrive today. Today we celebrate the life of Lily Parr, professional women's footballer and LGBT rights icon.

 
LGBTQ+ History month profile: Rory Cooper

The aim of LGBTQ+ History Month is to promote equality, diversity, and inclusivity, by celebrating the lives and championing the work of key LGBTQ+ activists.

 
Kicking off LGBTQ+ History Month!

The aim of LGBTQ+ History Month is to promote equality, diversity, and inclusivity, by celebrating the lives and championing the work of key LGBTQ+ activists.

 
Meet your Community Officer: Ollie Miners
Meet your Community Officer Ollie

Hi! My name is Ollie, and I am a second year History and Politics student here at the Penryn Campus. I have written this to introduce myself and my role, and to let you know of a exciting, new initiative I have set up - Community Officer Surgeries, where I will be free to meet with any students who have problems with or suggestions for student life on campus.

 
The Big Rep Meeting is coming up soon! Here is everything you need to know

This meeting is a chance for your course reps to feedback to wider university staff about your experience of a wide range of facilities and services outside of your course.

 
Hungry for change

The current state of higher education is systematically excluding students from pursuing their studies and leading them to enter a perpetual survival mode.

 
Lori Lightfoot (Born 1962)
Lori Lightfoot

Through the month of October, Pride Soc will be using this account to highlight some queer, Black women who may have been sidelined or overlooked by history.

 
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915 – 1973)
Sister Rosetta

Through the month of October, Pride Soc will be using this account to highlight some queer, Black women who may have been sidelined or overlooked by history.

 
A message from your Vice President on the Gender Expression Fund

Hey there,

When I first rolled into Falmouth, I couldn't help but feel this overwhelming sense of gratitude. It was like a breath of fresh, inclusive air compared to where I'd come from. But hey, let's not kid ourselves; not everyone felt the same way. And you know what? That's alright because that's where we, the SU, come in, ready to shake things up!

 
Stormé DeLarverie (1920-2014)
Stormé DeLarverie

Through the month of October, Pride Soc will be using this account to highlight some queer, Black women who may have been sidelined or overlooked by history.

 
Audre Lorde (1934–1992)
Audre Lorde

Through the month of October, Pride Soc will be using this account to highlight some queer, Black women who may have been sidelined or overlooked by history.

 
Presidents' Statement on the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine

At the SU, we are ordinary individuals, not academics or experts on the ongoing situation in Israel and Palestine. We speak with no authority on the issue, and don’t claim to have any answers or solutions to the events that are unfolding.

 
Phyllis Akua Opoku-Gyimah (born November 1974
Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah

Through the month of October, Pride Soc will be using this account to highlight some queer, Black women who may have been sidelined or overlooked by history.

 
Andrea Jenkins (Born 1961)
Andrea Jenkins

Through the month of October, Pride Soc will be using this account to highlight some queer, Black women who may have been sidelined or overlooked by history.

 
Support for students affected by the ongoing violence in Israel and Palestine

In recognition of the escalating violence in Israel and Palestine, we wanted to remind all students that your safety is a priority to The SU.

 
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy (Born 1940)
Miss Major Griffin - Gracy

Through the month of October, Pride Soc will be using this account to highlight some queer, Black women who may have been sidelined or overlooked by history.

 
Ernestine Eckstein (1941 – 1992)
Ernestine Eckstein

Through the month of October, Pride Soc will be using this account to highlight some queer, Black women who may have been sidelined or overlooked by history.

 
Lorraine Hansberry (1930 – 1965)
Lorraine Hansberry

Through the month of October, Pride Soc will be using this account to highlight some queer, Black women who may have been sidelined or overlooked by history.

 
Marsha P Johnson
Marsha P. Johnson

Through the month of October, Pride Soc will be using this account to highlight some queer, Black women who may have been sidelined or overlooked by history.

 
Embracing Diversity and Equality in Cornwall: A message from your Vice President

Hello, wonderful students of Cornwall!

I'm Orestis, your friendly neighbourhood Sabbatical Officer, and I'm absolutely thrilled to meet you.

 
Let's talk about drugs!

We want you to have a safe and enjoyable time whilst at uni, and avoid the negative impacts of drug and alcohol use. I have worked with the SU team to get this information updated for you in time for Welcome Week!

 
Meet your Subject Chair: Francesca Perry-Poletti
Francesca Perry-Poletti

Welcome to the Cornwall Campus from the SSLC (Student Staff Liaison Committee)!

 
The SU Guide to Writing an Effective Complaint

We know that writing a complaint can feel daunting, so we have provided a guide to give you some tips and useful points to consider when writing your complaint.

 
Asian Society NSVAS win!
Asian Society logo

Congratulations to Asian society for winning Opportunities for All Award! At the National Societies & Volunteering Awards

 
Becoming more sustainable through banking
The SU President team sit together smiling and looking at the camera.

Through the Here Together Strategy, our organisation values, and the profile of sustainability amongst our student community, The SU is reflecting on areas of the organisation that could be more sustainable. One of these areas includes selecting who we choose to bank with.

 
Tremough FC score hat trick of Cornwall league trophies

Tremough FC, part of Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union, make Cornwall Sunday League history as the first team to secure treble trophies.
Winning the Sunday Championship County Cup, the Sunday Football League Knockout Cup, and the Cornwall Combined Sunday League in the 22/23 season, makes this the most successful season for the club in its 20-year history

 
A final update from Lauren, President Student Experience 22/23
Photo of Lauren, President Student Experience  22/23

Grab yourself a cuppa because this is going to be long.

 
A final update from Georgi, President Exeter 22/23
Photo of Georgi, President Exeter  22/23

A final farewell from President Exeter.

 
A final update from Luke, President Falmouth 22/23
Photo of Luke Court, President Falmouth 22/23

Hello! The past year has been a mad whirlwind of experiences and opportunities. This being my final update as SU president Falmouth before I handover to my successor at the end of June, I’d like to take the time to reflect on what I have done in my position this year, what projects are currently underway and what I hope for the future.

 
A final update from Kira, President Welfare and Inclusivity 22/23
Photo of Kira Orchard, President Welfare and Inclusivity 22/23

Well well well, we made it! Congratulations to those of you who have completed final hand ins and a massive well done to those of you who have completed an entire degree; you should be so so SO proud of yourself.

 
Exeter Connect

The aim of Exeter Connect is to create greater campus connectivity between Exeter and Cornwall campuses, enhance the Cornwall identity, provide high-quality opportunities and connections, and offer better access to facilities.

 
Shortlist announced for The SU Awards 2023

The annual SU Awards celebrate the people, events, campaigns and groups that have significantly contributed to the student experience throughout the academic year.

 
Tap Jam and Dance Society head to University Dance Championships

Student members of Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union Tap Jam and SU Dance Society dance their way to the top of the leader board at university dance championships.

 
Easter Signposting
Easter Break Signposting

Easter Holidays! As the Easter break approaches, here's five things you can do before the holidays. You can find all the information you need for SU opening times and emergency service contact details.

 
Truro Surgical Society place second at South Coast Anatomy Competition
The Truro Surgical Society team at the South Coast Anatomy competition.

Congratulations to members of the Truro Surgical Society on placing second at the South Coast Anatomy Competition in Brighton.

 
Meet Tes, your Liberation Committee Chair!

Hello, my name is Tes and I am the liberation committee chair ??

 
Falmouth and Exeter Volleyball Club take regional BUCS victory

Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union Volleyball club men’s team and women’s team win the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Western Conference Cup 2023.

 
SU Board of Trustees Update: Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity

An update from Lauren, Chair of the SU Board of Trustees, on the SU's next steps for equality, diversity, and inclusivity.

 
Fal Surf Varsity Surfing Competition Success
Credit to Elliot Glynn for this black and white image of surfer Dylan Pegg emerging over a wave on h

The 2023 South West University Varsity Competition took place at Fistral Beach, Newquay, on 11 March 2023.

 
3 Reasons you should nominate someone for the SU Awards 2023!

So, it’s time for The SU Awards 2023, and nominations have been open for a week. It’s the perfect chance to celebrate everything you’ve enjoyed this academic year. There are 14 categories – 14 opportunities to nominate someone close to you. Maybe you’ve scrolled through the criteria; maybe you’ve thought about it in passing; or, maybe, you haven’t really thought about it at all. If the latter is the case, look no further! Here are three reasons you should nominate someone for the SU Awards.

 
SU Money Week Update - President Welfare & Inclusivity

As part of SU Money Week, your SU Presidents would like to share with you some updates about the Cost of Living crisis. Here is an update from Georgie, President Exeter 22/23.

 
SU Money Week Update - President Falmouth

As part of SU Money Week, your SU Presidents would like to share with you some updates about the Cost of Living crisis. Here is an update from Luke, President Falmouth 22/23.

 
President Elections 2023: Results announced

It’s been a week of candidates, voting, free doughnuts, chatting about student democracy, and getting out and about. Now you get to find out the winners of the President Elections 2023.

 
SU Money Week Update - President Student Experience

As part of SU Money Week, your SU Presidents would like to share with you some updates about the Cost of Living crisis. Here is an update from Lauren, President Student Experience 22/23.

 
SU Money Week Update - President Exeter

As part of SU Money Week, your SU Presidents would like to share with you some updates about the Cost of Living crisis. Here is an update from Georgie, President Exeter 22/23.

 
Sports Bursary Student Profile: Charlotte Webster
Charlotte Webster, stood at completion

An update from Charlotte Webster on her recent sailing endeavours. Recently competing at US open Sailing Series in Clearwater Florida and qualified the Cayman Islands for the PanAmerican Games!

 
Student Sustainability Summit 2023

“Climate justice is the hope of a liveable future.”

 
Students support striking staff
Four presidents stand with striking staff from the University of Exeter and Falmouth University.

Student council have voted in support of UCU Industrial Action creating a mandate for the students' union to support striking staff.

 
Supporting students affected by earthquakes in Syria and Türkiye

The Students’ Union have been closely following the developments of the devastating earthquakes in Northern Syria and Southern Türkiye. Our thoughts are with our student members who have been affected by this news and the people at the centre of the disaster.

 
Student Volunteering Week

Your elected Volunteering Officer, Jordan Pidwell, presents the value of student volunteering to kickstart Student Volunteering Week 2023.

 
Gladys Bentley (1907-1960)
Gladys Bentley

Through the month of October, Pride Soc will be using this account to highlight some queer, Black women who may have been sidelined or overlooked by history.

 
Why does the Gender Expression Fund exist?

A Gender Expression Fund within our student union serves as an important and inclusive resource for supporting students' diverse gender identities and expressions. Here are several reasons why I wanted this fund to be accessible for you:

 
Sports Bursary Student Profile:Charlotte Webster
Charlotte Webster, stood at completion

Find out about how Charlotte Webster's goal is to qualify and represent the Cayman Islands at the PanAm Games in 2023!

 
Winter break update from your SU Presidents
Four presidents stand together with linked arms and smiling to the camera. Georgi, President Exeter,

What a start to the academic year!
We’ve had a brilliant time so far representing your views to the Universities and FX Plus, delivering a whole host of events and activities and implementing some of our key manifesto priorities.

 
Recent changes to Exeter's mitigation policy
Georgi, President Exeter, smiles to the camera while wearing a green cardigan.

The University of Exeter has recently announced changes to their mitigation and extension policies. Key changes include the change to a 72-hour period for self-certified assessment extensions. This is when you do not need to provide any evidence to get an extension.

 
The First People's Assembly

Following the occupation of the chapel lecture theatre in early November by students from End Fossil Falmouth, the SU has committed to helping support the creation of people’s assemblies, with the aim of facilitating conversations about the climate and ecological crisis.

 
5 things to check before the winter break

With all the festivities and assignments happening right now, December is a really busy time in the academic calendar but there are some practical things to do now that will save you time and money in the new year.

 
Quick tips and ideas to support your wellbeing during university breaks

After the hectic and exciting experiences of a few months of university, the break from studying can be a welcome rest or a daunting change which isn’t always easy to settle in to. Here's some ideas to help!

 
Supporting your wellbeing over the winter break

It's really important to ensure you spend some time this break recharging your batteries and focusing on looking after yourself.

 
Introduction to Talk Money Week

As the cost-of-living crisis continues to impact the student experience, your President team are still working to ensure that student voices are heard in top level conversations with all our partners.

 
LGBTQ+ winter break survival guide

If you’re LGBTQ+ and nervous about heading home over the winter break, now is a good time to consider what you could do to help alleviate your worries and find ways to manage what may be difficult conversations.

 
Reflections from 'Lessons from Auschwitz 2022'
Kira Orchard, President Welfare and Inclusivity, wears her hair in brown curls while smiling to the

I was presented with an amazing opportunity to take part in a programme called ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ being run by the Holocaust Education Trust and the Union of Jewish Students.

 
Watch SU Tap Jam take part in Guinness World Record

SU Tap Jam are taking part in a national tap for Children in Need and livestreaming it! They're also hoping to break a Guinness World Record.

 
SU endorsement of Fossil Free Careers

On 15 June 2022, at the last student council session of the year, your student council voted to endorse the Fossil Free Careers campaign, after a Make a Change submission reached the threshold of 25 upvotes.

 
Cost of Living Updates: President Welfare & Inclusivity
Graphic for Cost of Living Crisis page.

Your latest update on work by Kira Orchard, President Welfare and Inclusivity, for the Cost of Living crisis.

 
Reflections on Black History Month 2022
Graphic for Black History Month 2022.

We are reflecting on the bold and celebratory Black History Month at the Students Union.

 
Trial for university challenge!

Trial for the University Challenge team for Falmouth University or the University of Exeter Cornwall!

 
Cost of Living Crisis message from your presidents
Group of presidents sat together looking at the camera.

We have been acutely aware of the ongoing cost of living crisis, and the corresponding discussions and impact faced by students. The cost of living crisis is an emergency, and it needs to be treated as such.

 
4 reasons you should be a course rep!

Election season is upon us! Nominate yourself for a role and represent your course in sharing feedback with the university.

 
Black History Month Profile - Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott is a British Member of Parliament, who has been the sitting MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since the 1987 General Election, representing Labour.

 
LGBTQ+ History Month profile: Lady Phyll
Illustration of Lady Phyll.

Lady Phyll (full name Phyllis Akua Opoku-Gyimah) is known for her trailblazing work on racial equality and queer activism.

 
Free period products in toilets

Have you seen the free period products in the toilets around campus?

 
Welcome from your SU Presidents

A quick message from your SU Presidents to welcome you to your university life.

 
Sustainability Week Round-Up

With Sustainability Week over and out what should you do now to ensure you are a sustainable warrior all year round?

 
Information on the death of Her Majesty the Queen

You may have heard news about the recent death of Her Majesty the Queen on Thursday 8th September 2022. Below is key information from the universities, local council and government.

 
Presidents Update: Georgi Griskeviciene
Photo of Exeter President: Georgi Griškeviciene

Hello, all! My first official update as SU President Exeter may be slightly shorter than my fellow presidents.

 
MarineWatch Wins National Award!

Congratulations to MarineWatch on winning the Development award at the National Societies Awards!

 
Presidents Update: Stevie Preece
Photo of Exeter President: Stevie Preece

Besides sitting in meetings for most of my working days, as President Exeter, I do believe I have achieved a lot this year. As complex as some these meetings have been, it is in these spaces where my presence has influenced some of the greatest changes that I am most proud to have seen.

 
Presidents Update: Charlotte Agnew

Some of us have been working on dissertations this year, some of us have been meeting cohorts for the first time and some of us have still never tried a Cornish pasty. Regardless of what we’ve been doing, I’m sure we can all agree that this has been an interesting year as we come away from the pandemic and navigate this new normal. I definitely missed the in-person shenanigans but learning how to socialise again has been weird for sure. I find myself asking people how they are doing twice whilst

 
Presidents Update: Ben Statham-Wilkins

What a year! I hope everyone is having a good old time and the rainy few days of June haven’t been a dampener! As my time comes to an end and I notice my desk edging ever so closer to the door, I thought I would provide an update of some of the things I have been up to this past year!

 
Presidents Update: Ellie Ricks
Photo of President Student Experience - Ellie Ricks

OMG, my final ever SU update!

 
Presidents Update: Ben Statham-Wilkins
Photo of Falmouth President Ben Statham-Wilkins

Hi all, we have all made it through Study block 2!

 
The SU Awards 2022!
A graphic of the SU Awards 2022

These awards recognise the efforts and achievements of our most outstanding students who have gone above and beyond to shape your student experience in this strange year.

 
University of Exeter UCU strike action 2022

You may have heard about the University and College Union announcing strike action. Below we have collated some information to help you understand what strike action is, when it might take place and how you can find out more information.

 
Mental Health Awareness Week 2022
Mental Health Awareness Week

This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week was ‘loneliness’. Your SU focused on what signposting is available for services that could help if you are feeling lonely, aiming to improve awareness of all the people and places available to support your mental health.

 
Camborne School of Mines takes rugby varsity victory

The annual Camborne School of Mines (CSM) sports varsity took place on 25 and 26 February, bringing together student athletes from CSM and the Royal School of Mines (RSM).

 
Presidents Update: Charlotte Agnew - EDI Tables
Charlote Agnew, President Welfare and Inclusivity, sits in front of a green background. She is smili

Hi everyone! There’s been lots going on with welfare and inclusivity and I wanted to share our recent successes at the EDI Tables online discussion, that I hosted with the SU’s Student Voice Coordinator (Welfare & Liberation), Ellie Howell.

 
Violence against Women and Girls group update

The Violence against Women and Girls Group was a group set up in a collaboration between the Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union (SU) and Cornwall Council. It was in response to a successful funding bid by Cornwall Council to see a ‘Safer Cornwall’.

 
President Elections 2022 Winning Candidates Announcement

The time has come! It's time to announce the winners of the 2022 President Elections.

 
A statement from your SU Presidents and Student Council

The following statement was created by the SU Presidents after discussion with Student Council members. It outlines the SU's stance on the Russian government invading Ukraine.

 
Recent developments in Ukraine and Russia

In light of recent global events in Ukraine and Russia, we want to remind all students that we are here to support you.

 
Presidents Update: Charlotte Agnew
Photo of President Welfare & Inclusivity - Charlotte Agnew

As mentioned in my previous article, there has been a lot of ongoing development regarding the situation with drink spiking and personal safety involving students. I thought it was worth giving you an update on how the SU are helping to improve safety for students, so grab a cup of tea/coffee/latte and let’s get started!

 
President Update: Stevie P

2022 is finally here and it already feels like Christmas is a distant memory – is it too late to wish you all a happy new year?

 
Presidents Update: Ben Statham-Wilkins
Photo of Falmouth President Ben Statham-Wilkins

Throughout the academic year, I have been working to eradicate the use of deadnames by university systems and staff. There have been a number of steps involved in this process so far. I would like to make students aware of what has happened and would appreciate your further vigilance, support and feedback to ensure that we continue working with FX Plus and Falmouth University to ensure nobody has to experience the use of their deadname again.

 
Presidents Update: Ellie Ricks
Photo of President Student Experience - Ellie Ricks

Hi there everyone! I hope everyone had a great new year and has stuck to their resolutions. I’m happy to be back on campus, it’s great to have everyone enjoying the campus experience again, especially now there's bubble tea LOL.

 
FXU Athletics compete in BUCS Cross Country Championships
Members of FXU Athletics smile together at the BUCS Cross Country Championships.

At the start of February, members of FXU Athletics travelled up to the BUCS Cross Country Championships at Horsenden Hill. Despite the relatively dry weather over the last couple of weeks, our runners were met with extremely tough conditions with parts of the course being over a foot deep in mud.

 
Penryn Campus mural design winner
The presidents team for 2021/22 are hanging over the railings and standing in front of the white wal

We’re pleased to share the winner of the mural design competition!

 
Presidents Update: Stevie P

It’s that time of year again when I realise Christmas is less than a month away and I am literally nowhere near prepared – looks like it’ll be another year of gifting my parents with my presence #gifted.

 
Safer Streets pop-up

Safer Streets hosted a pop-up event on Social Street, Penryn Campus in support of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
The multi-agency event was focused on discussing issues around street safety and violence against women and girls (VAWG) and connecting the community with local services that can help them learn more.

 
Presidents Update: Charlotte Agnew

As the debate continues on whether it’s too early to bring out Christmas decorations yet, I have compiled an update on all the things that have been happening in my role as President Welfare & Inclusivity in the last couple of months. It’s quite lengthy, so you may want to grab a cuppa (or a chai latte!) for this one.

 
Spotlight on Sports Bursaries

As your Students’ Union we offer Sports Bursaries to students of outstanding sporting ability. The bursaries we offer range up to £1,500, are awarded on an annual basis, and are available to all current students who evidence satisfactory sporting performance, academic progress and general conduct.

 
Presidents Update: Ben Statham-Wilkins

A quick update from me on the annual Falmouth fashion show.

 
President Update: Ellie Ricks

Hi everyone! Whether you are working hard or hardly working, I hope that you are taking care of yourself and enjoying the run down to the end of the year.

 
Presidents Update: Lauren Taylor
Photo of President Student Experience - Lauren Taylor

The past couple of weeks have absolutely flown by.

 
Presidents Update: Kira Orchard
Photo of President Welfare & Inclusivity - Kira Orchard

Buddy-up fortnight came and went in a flash.

 
Presidents Update: Luke Court
Photo of Falmouth President: Luke Court

Hello, this is my first update as SU President Falmouth!

 
Presidents Update: Ellie Ricks

I hope everyone is well and is enjoying a bit of downtime before exam and assessment time. While you guys are hopefully getting some much-needed R&R, the Presidents and I are working hard to make sure you're getting the best experience possible

 
Surf Radio TAKES GOLD at National Awards!

Surf Radio, Falmouth and Penryn’s now AWARD WINNING student radio station, has taken the Gold Award for “Most Improved Station” at the 2021 Amplify Awards, sponsored by Global and organised by the Student Radio Association.

 
Sir Geoffrey Holland Awarded to Rachel Poppleton

"The Award recognises final year students and celebrates academic excellence within a field related to Cornwall. Rachel completed her dissertation on landslide susceptibility in Cornwall, having identified a clear gap in the literature."

 
Rise in anti-Asian Hate Crime

This week, over in America, the Senate is having conversations to pass a bill called the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. Proposed by Senator Mazie Hirono, this legislation aims to combat the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes occurring due to the pandemic, and comes almost a month after the racially motivated Atlanta Spa shootings where six of the eight victims were women of Asian descent.

 
Volunteering Student Profile: Cherie Yu
Photo of Cheri Yu

Cheri Yu tells us about her volunteering experience as Vice President of the Horse Riding Society.

 
 
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