Cornwall campuses halt to a standstill due to snowy weather

Written by Annissa Warsame

Snowy Daffodil in front of The Secret Garden on Penryn Campus /Photo Credit: @UniExeCornwall

Storm Emma hit the South-West of England on Wednesday and with the worsening of weather in Cornwall, teaching and most activities on the University campuses has come to a standstill.

Following yellow and amber listed MetOffice weather warnings, Falmouth University and the University of Exeter have announced the closure of both the Woodlane and Penryn campuses stating: “The decision has been taken based on worsening weather conditions.” It had been decided that the remainder of lectures, seminars and assessments would be cancelled and a closure of all laboratories, with essential services remaining available to campus-based students.

These include:

  • Penryn Campus Security and residential services
  • Penryn Campus Library open until midnight, manned provisionally by security
  • Hot food services consigned to Koofi
  • The Shop open with reduced opening hours until 6pm for Friday 2nd March

In terms of transport, First Kernow terminated its bus services U1, U2, U3 and U4, on Wednesday afternoon and now continue to run a limited service with some delays.

The students’ union FXU has cancelled all events, remaining open only for “emergency services”. All society and sports club meetings are cancelled until improved weather conditions, including the UCU strike information and discussion session intended to be held on Wednesday.

Further events, such as the ORBIS Games Night at the Stannary, were cancelled. This particular event was fundraising for third year Marine & Natural History Photography students, to exhibit their work at Paintworks, Bristol for their final year degree show. In response to the cancellation, Rebekah Ball, co-organiser, said this: “we are dissappointed [sic] and disheartened by the cancellation because it was our first major fundraising event.”

With this ‘long weekend’ some students have elected to enjoy the snow as best they can. Andrew Ceiling Kimble and friends organised a Facebook event calling on people to venture to Kimberley Park, for an epic snow ball fight. On the events, Kimble said:

“We believe in togetherness and unity within Falmouth! We want everyone to have a giggle together, let their inner child have fun and show each other love through [sic] throwing compressed snow at them on such a rare glorious day!”

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