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Star Turn for Timetable Team at National Conference

5 April 2018
Lisa Butler and Vanessa Templeton

Two timetabling team members have spoken at a national conference because their work for Exeter and Falmouth universities is ‘innovative and ground breaking’.

Vanessa Templeton, FX Plus Timetabling and Room Booking Manager, and Lisa Butler, Timetabling Officer, recently presented at the Scientia User Conference 2018, at the Radisson Blu, Stansted. Almost 250 delegates attended the conference from Europe, America, New Zealand, Canada and the UK.

Vanessa explained: “We use Scientia software for timetabling and the company is planning to move to the Cloud. We were asked to do some journey mapping because we are quite unique in timetabling for two, separate and very different universities.

“After a Scientia representative visited he told us what we are doing is innovative and ground breaking and invited us to present at the conference.”

Vanessa and Lisa gave a talk – Gaming Guilds: Innovative Ways to Keep our Campus Sticky - focusing on Falmouth University’s Games Academy. The Guilds are comprised of students from eight different programmes of study and provide an essential focus for far more than just the acquisition of knowledge. Students learning in small teams that are multi-level and peer supported quickly develop a social and emotional cohesion, encouraging a sense of belonging and creating an inclusive community.

Tony Sanders, FX Plus Managing Director, said: “This invitation underlines the innovative nature of the work our Timetabling team carries out in order to juggle the complex needs of two contrasting universities and deliver a seamless service for students.”

In the course of their work members of the Timetabling team deal with almost 7,500 students and 900 employees across two institutions and three campuses. Every year, more than 1300 Modules and 410 Programmes of Study are timetabled across 448 locations including lecture theatres, studios, laboratories and a summer house.