Corporate Social Responsibility
We take our community responsibilities very seriously and in collaboration with Falmouth University, the University of Exeter and the Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union, we work hard to encourage the permanent residents of Falmouth and Penryn to view the impact of the institutions on the two towns in a positive way.
Public engagement initiatives include working in partnership with Devon & Cornwall Police, Falmouth Town Council and local publicans to fund a Taxi Marshal scheme in Falmouth to minimise the number of late-night anti-social incidents in the town centre, and student participation in festivals and events such as the Olympic Torch Relay and Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week.
A community issues ‘phone line provides local residents with a port-of-call to register complaints about university-related issues and our Living Support and Accommodation teams have a robust process for dealing with anti-social behaviour issues in consultation with the two institutions. The Falmouth Town Council-led Town & Gown Committee provides opportunities for staff from our campuses to engage with town, parish and county councillors to discuss issues of common interest and work together to celebrate the positive benefits of Falmouth and Penryn being university towns.
Engagement through sport is also a positive addition to this area of our activity. The Sports Centre has been nominated for a Community Involvement award by Workout magazine for its support of the FXU-led Penryn 2012 Community Games which attracted local people and their families to the Penryn Campus to try new sports and interact with students. FXU’s annual awards scheme celebrates student volunteering in the wider community.
We encourage members of the public to join the Sports Centre’s corporate membership scheme and strong relationships between FXU societies, the Sports Centre, Penryn College and local sports clubs are well-developed.
Lectures, exhibitions, talks, events and performances are promoted widely to encourage more local people to access our campuses and benefit culturally and socially from the experience.