Voices Festival. Building Modern Cultures of Belonging in Higher Education.


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 a part of that with us.Thank you for your support and keep an eye on this page for updates.

If you have purchased a ticket for Voices Festival, please email info@fxu.org.uk to arrange a refund.


About the Festival

Join us on 25-26 May for a two-day conference on Higher Education culture, with an exciting speaker series featuring sector experts from across the UK and abroad, the premiere of Lost in the noise, a documentary produced in collaboration with BAFTA-award winning filmmaker Chris Morris, and a day of workshops and networking opportunities.

If you feel the way we do about supporting and celebrating inclusivity, empowerment and diversity, join us for the Voices Festival.


Ticket Info and Festival Programme

We have an exciting festival line up planned for you! Check out the programme below and the speaker page to see our confirmed speakers to date. Tickets are available now! Join our Facebook event for announcements and event updates as they happen.


Aminata Cairo - Voices Festival 2019


Jamie Windust - Voices Festival


View more speakers here.


Ticket Options


Student Delegate £15 (One day ticket for 25 May)

Student tickets are on sale to all Falmouth Univeristy & the University of Exeter Cornwall students. Students can also buy additional tickets for their guests.



One Day Ticket £15 (One day ticket for 25 May)

Two Day Ticket £45 (Two day ticket for 25 & 26 May)

Delegate tickets are available for all external organisations and students from other universities (over 18's only). Also staff members.


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Voices Festival Programme


Day One (Saturday 25 May)

A full day of exciting speakers, panel discussions, the film premier of 'Lost in the noise' and loads more.


  • The Vice Chancellor of Falmouth University and Provost of the University of Exeter will open the conference talking about belonging and culture in universities

  • A series of inspirational speakers from across the UK and Europe including Amatey Doku from NUS, Aminata Cairo from the Hague University, Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson from the British Youth Council, and LGBTQ+ activist and non-binary model, Jamie Windust

  • Inclusivity panel discussion + audience Q&A with Samantha Budd talking about belonging and inclusivity in higher education

  • The premiere of the Voices documentary ‘Lost in the noise

  • Live performances

  • Festival freebies 


Day Two (Sunday 26 May)

A day of inspiration workshops and presentations delivered by sector experts.


  • The Hague University of Applied Sciences - ‘Hang in There’ & the First Year Experience

  • Kate Wicklow, GuildHE, Class in Higher Education

  • Jim Dickinson Editor of WonkHE

  • Dr Tamsin Hinton-Smith, University of Sussex, Marginalised Students and Inclusion in Higher Education

  • The British Youth Council, For our Future’s Sake, and the Access Project - ‘Enhancing Engagement with the Unengaged’

  • The second day includes a complimentary breakfast and lunch


The conference will be finished by 3pm so that guests have a chance to enjoy Cornwall for the rest of the bank holiday weekend.


Full ticket terms and conditions can be found here.


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On-site accommodation packages are now available for delegates who are travelling to Cornwall to join us for the festival.


On-campus accommodation

Packsaddle Hill is a new, modern development conveniently located a few minutes’ walk from Penryn Campus in peaceful surroundings. The bus stop is just a minute's walk away with services running regularly to the vibrant coastal town of Falmouth.

Our Packsaddle Hill accommodation offer guests the option of an en-suite double bedroom and access to a fully equipped shared kitchen, or a self-contained studio, for a special room only rate of £50 per night.

To book, simply visit the Cornwall Plus website, go to ‘BOOK NOW’, enter your arrival and end dates and the promo code of: Voices2019.

Our Voices accommodation promo offer is available throughout the Voices Festival and Bank Holiday weekend, starting from Friday 24 May until Tuesday 28 May (for those who would like to arrive the night before the festival and stay on a bit longer to enjoy a break in Cornwall).


Off-Campus Accommodation

Alternative off-campus accommodation is also available. Please click here to look at some of our recommendations.



Two-day delegates will be provided with breakfast and lunch on Sunday 26 May 2019. We would kindly ask the individuals who have registered a special dietary requirement to please make themselves known to the catering staff. 

We encourage delegates to explore the beautiful town of Falmouth and enjoy the local food. Please click here for a list of recommended restaurants, attractions and local nightlife musts. 

Please note that food is not provided ahead of the Festival, so we encourage you to dine prior to the beginning of the Festival. 



About Voices

The Voices Festival has evolved from our internationally celebrated project Voices, which has reached thousands of people over the last few years, and has toured the Netherlands and UK, sharing Voices stories and best practice with other Universities.

Voices is a student-led campaign run through Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union, providing a platform for people whose voices might previously have been lost in the noise. A multi-channel venture, on and off line, Voices is comprised of impactful events and prestigious volumes, sharing the raw, authentic experiences of our students.

Voices Volume One was selected as one of '5 Publications Making Black History' in the Issuu blog. Visit our Voices page to find out more and to read our online volumes. 


Find Out More

If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about the Voices Festival, please email info@fxu.org.uk