Update: Voices Festival Cancelled
Unfortunately, it is with great sadness that after extensive discussions we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Voices Festival. It has been an exciting, emotional, and gripping adventure for all involved and we’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you for joining us on our mission to celebrate diversity and champion the experiences of marginalised students.
But this is not the end for Voices. Instead, over the next two months, we’d like to launch a reflective document called ‘Echoes’ exploring the impact that the project has had on staff and students at Falmouth University and the University of Exeter and close with a final launch event for the tenth edition, International, celebrating the entirety of the project and what it has achieved over the last two years and we’d love for you to be apart of that with us.Thank you for your support and keep an eye on our Voices webpage for updates.
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Voices Festival Speakers
Introducing just a few of our exciting and inspirational speakers that will be joining us for the Voices Festival 25 May at Penryn Campus.
We will soon be announcing our full line-up and the complete festival programme.Tickets are available now!
Aminata Cairo is the Lector of Inclusive Education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Born and raised in the Netherlands to Surinamese parents, she left for the US to pursue her education. As an international woman of colour she experienced firsthand the challenges of diversity and inclusion. In her applied anthropological work with students and community organisations she has continually strived to promote inclusion at both the academic and the community level. She received the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian award at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2013 for her efforts.
Amatey Doku is the current Vice President Higher Education at the National Union of Students and a member of For Our Future’s Sake, a student campaign group calling for a people’s vote on the Brexit deal. At NUS, he has worked to emphasise the Black Attainment Gap and made combatting it priority for the whole higher education sector. In October, he led, and was one of the speakers at, the 700,000-strong march for a new Brexit referendum in central London.
Sam is the Chief Executive of the University of Bristol Students’ Union and has over 30 years of senior experience within the education sector. She has held several non-executive and trustee roles including: membership of strategic advisory committees for the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE), trustee of NUS Charitable Services, board member of NUS Poverty Commission. In 2016, she was shortlisted as Chief Executive of Year by the National Centre for Diversity, awarded the 2018 Simpson King Staff achievement Award by the National Union of Students ( NUS) and received the 2018 Diversity Champion—Education Sector at the Inclusive Companies awards. Leading an organisation that is committed to an inclusive culture led to a top 50 place in the 2018 Inclusive Companies Awards as well as The Investors in People 2018 Excellence in the Third Sector award.
Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson is a former FXU President Student Experience. Amanda is a dedicated advocated of empowering young people and has spent her career fighting to put the voices of young people at the heart of decision-making, whether that be through the Brexit debate as co-founder of For Our Future’s Sake or into the heart of government as Chair of the British Youth Council.
Loads More Speaker Announcements Coming Soon!
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Find out more about the Voices Festival here.