FXU President Falmouth, Chris Slesser travelled to London with Falmouth DVC Academic Alan Murray to attend a HEA (Higher Education Academy) Networking Day to share best practice with 12 other UK Higher Education Institutions regarding student retention- how best to support students to access, progress and attain while they study at Falmouth. As part of it, Chris presented alongside Alan regarding 'CAT- Core Academic Training' a new training package for all academic staff to take areas of siloed good practice and roll it out consistently across the University. They also presented on the 'Making the Curriculum Clearer' project which seeks to align student's with a more clarified and meaningful curriculum design in the next couple of years.
Chris travelled down earlier to attend a meet up of small and specialist Student Unions in London of which FXU and University of the Arts Bournemouth also attended. Chris was re-elected with a manifesto commitment to create a more relevant national network of student unions within the creative industries and wants FXU and the Falmouth students he represents to drive this new initiative, working more closely with organisations such as Creative Industries Federation to better represent the unique qualities of creative institutions such as Falmouth University. Meeting sabbatical officers from Arts Bournemouth, University of the Creative Arts and Royal College of Art quickly identified common interests and reinforced a commitment to formalise this relationship of collaboration in the next year. Earlier this month, Chris, alongside Amanda Chetwynd-Cowiesson (FXU President Student Experience) wrote a motion in collaboration with Middlesex Students Union to NUS National Conference calling for accountability against an outlined charter NUS created in 2015 identifying the unique values of creative students that should be upheld.
You can read the motion here- (Page 31)