Written by Noah M. Abbot |
During the first week of the semester, the students and staff of the School of Writing and Journalism, SOWJ, went through a great change – SOWJ had been moved to the Woodlane Campus. As chaotic as it may have seemed during Freshers Week, we are already past the initial shock and must now look to the future of the school.
Woodlane slots comfortably into the suburb of Falmouth.
Only a ten-minute walk from the heart of the town. It is advantageous in accessing what Falmouth has to offer busy students, keen to explore and participate in the community they will be calling home for the next couple of years. During Freshers Week, new students were encouraged to go out and gather information on some of Falmouth’s attractive locations. From Woodlane, students can easily access High Street, The Moor, Falmouth Harbor, Gyllyngvase and Swanpool Beaches, as well as the Pendennis Castle.
The campus itself snugly winds down a hill with plenty of trees that shower the pathways and the main walkway with leaves. However, as cozy or natural as the campus seems,
Woodlane fails to have the wealth of resources that Penryn does.
Comparing the libraries is a perfect example of this. A journalism student that is looking for books on an academic essay would not find what they are looking for at Woodlane. Yes, the most blatant journalism-oriented books were moved. But journalism also draws on politics, history and a whole range of other topics – writers still have to go to Penryn to access these.
The Penryn Campus is also where the Glasney Student Village, the home for the majority of Freshers, is located. Not to mention The Stannary and The Compass: key buildings for events happening at the University, making it harder for SOWJ students to take part.
The biggest question SOWJ faces now is: How can the school grow at Woodlane?
Thinking about it in the short run, it is unlikely that the university will put in much towards SOWJ in terms of finances. However, SOWJ may be able to grow if students actively pursue acknowledgements at Woodlane.
There are possibilities here for writing and journalism students.
It will be up to them to express themselves at Woodlane and show that they are valued at the university, perceiving this change not as a negative, but rather as a chance to carve out a new slice of the university scene for ourselves.
The Falmouth Student President, Callie Edwards, is working towards this goal. The plans are in the first stages. However, writing students are already asking questions, already being curious and interested, and already want to participate by adding their own work into the scene.
Societies and clubs can help with this. Writing based societies should encourage the use of what spaces there are for meetings and product distribution. This may be a great platform for writing based students to show off their brilliant works of creative and journalistic writings. It may lack the resources and spaces for the School of Writing and Journalism for now, but with a student push, it wouldn’t lack for expression, collaboration, and news.
This will be a major test of Falmouth’s SOWJ students’ initiative and innovation. The Falmouth University decision-makers may need a reminder of what university is all about.
It’s time to show everybody the power of writing and the creative arts.