President Falmouth

This position represents all Falmouth University students, with a particular focus on academic issues and representation, working alongside Course Reps and Department Reps.
Ben Statham-Wilkins, SU President Falmouth

Introduction

Hello there and welcome to Falmouth! I’m Ben, your SU President Falmouth 2021/22. As President it is my job is to make sure you are taken care of and have the best experience throughout your student and academic life. I was elected this year by the current students of Falmouth due to my strong manifesto points and possibly because of a campaign TIKTOK which went viral, who knows?
 
I am here to represent YOU to the higher ups within the university and make sure your voice is heard by them. My main aims this year are:

  • A REPRESENT scheme where the university commissions the students to help promote the university, getting the students' work out there into the world
  • Continue Falmouth’s 2030 plan with more collaboration between courses and between students
  • To develop and improve the current Rep system, to ensure every student is heard

And many more!

I have just finished my degree in Film at Falmouth University, and I enjoyed every moment, and I hope you enjoy your course as much as I enjoyed studying Film. I know joining University can be scary, especially if you are leaving home for the first time, but please know that we are here for you and will only be a message away! So, enjoy your Freshers week, make friends, get involved and enjoy your time here at Falmouth!

Be sure to follow our socials to keep up to date with what is happening and how you can get involved.

- Ben Statham-Wilkins (He/Him)

 

News & updates

Roles & responsibilities

  • Academic appeals
  • Falmouth Course Reps
  • Placements
  • Widening Participation Access Agreement
  • Academic representation
  • Employability
  • Elections
  • Liaising with Falmouth University on Academic Board, Board of Governors and Registry

Manifesto priorities

Represent and Support

Represent
Create a policy for Falmouth to use its own students for branding and marketing purposes through using our in-house student agencies such as Gallos, MAYNE or TruthFal. I.E Artists create a mural representing what it means to be a Falmouth student.

Pandemic Precautions
Ensure online learning is fully accessible for students who feel unsafe on campus or who are high risk via live lectures etc. Ensure a no detriment policy will be implemented if the pandemic continues to affect student work.

Restructure of the personal tutor system
See that tutors address not only the academic concerns of students, but their mental wellbeing too. This can be achieved by working closer with tutors to restructure how and when students have sessions with their tutors.

Better MASTERS support 
Give Masters students more one-to-one sessions and increase support over the Summer. Ensure facilities are open for those who need them.

Accessibility and wellbeing
Ensure all students who need academic or wellbeing support are given help ASAP. Increase the Sign Language provisions throughout the University and aim to introduce opportunities for sign language education.  

Healthy bodies
Campaign for better membership rates at the campus gym for students so that it is more student budget friendly for those who need it, such as sports club members or dance students.

The REP system
Continue the development of the student Rep System. Get SU staff members involved through more briefings so reps understand the role and have SU reassurance. Hold meetings with department Reps before and after department committees and create the Academic Executive meetings to ensure feedback is being heard and worked on.

Developing Campus

A GREEN campus
Pledge to hold Falmouth University accountable in committing to environmental and sustainability issues. Be more transparent in how the University are dealing with the climate emergency. Look at making the courses and campus more sustainable.

Developing the campuses
Work with the president of student experience to improve recreational areas on both campuses. I.E looking into a possible games room (arcade games in the Stannary).

Charity work
Create more support for students so they can work with SU to plan more events to help charitable organisations.

Collaboration and Employability

Collaboration between courses

Continue developing Lizzy Marshall’s and the SU’s CoLab. Allow students to view other course lectures. Give students tours of both Falmouth and Penryn campus stores and the options to get trained/inducted on them.

Improving employability schemes
Increase collaboration between the career hub and courses. Initiate conversations about employability from first year and offer more direct support from second year onwards so that support isn’t left last minute in the third year. 

Workshop festivals
Increase and improve workshop festivals to allow students to network and have a better understanding of what they want in a career.
 

I will focus on Student Rep system developments to ensure student feedback is reaching the top of the chain, in order to make real impact. I will be working with student committees & council to ensure the right conversations are happening towards the progression of the university, especially surrounding the decolonisation of courses and Covid-19 impacts.

Progress updates:

  • 27/01/20 
    Reps and I met to discuss the needs and updates from the schools to write minutes to present to the Provost. This was then responded to with an invite to the Academic Directors Forum to present this feedback.  
  • 15/01/20 
    Reps and I wrote a letter to the Provost to express our opinions on facilities, extended terms and assessments. The Provost and Falmouth responded with a 2-week extension to the term and assessment. Plus, opening the facilities until 30th June with staff, and over summer with minimal staff. 
  • 09/09/2020
    The Student Voice team and I have put together a new Student Rep handbook to ensure Reps understand their importance within and influence on the University structure.
  • 09/09/2020
    I have rewritten the Feedback Loop to highlight the importance of ROS and make it more digestible for Student Reps so feedback can be managed better.
  • 09/09/2020
    I have added more specific BAME categories to ROS, so there is better quality feedback within these areas, so a tailored approach can be met.
  • 09/09/2020
    We have included equality and diversity as an agenda item on every SSLG meeting, so reps can openly discuss it within every meeting. Plus, there are conversations surrounding ‘equality Reps’ being implemented if there is a persistent lack of minority representation.
  • 09/09/2020
    Strengthening Postgraduate representation has been another key area. By working closely with the Postgraduate lecturers, we are more involved within the PG student experience and therefore able to better communicate with them about representation.
  • 08/12/2020
    The Big Rep meeting is happening tomorrow, and we have picked 5 topics of importance to talk about.
  • 08/12/2020
    I am taking Falmouth ROS data and escalating it to departments if needed, but also alloweing reps to work on things with their SSLGS.

Other things I'm working on

Coming soon.

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