Christmas and New Year 2017 on Cornwall campuses

If you are staying on campus or in Cornwall over Christmas, this information offers a brief guide to opening hours for facilities and services in the University. If you will be in Exeter over Christmas, check out the Christmas in Exeter pages here.

Nadelik lowen! (Merry Christmas in Cornish)

Christmas day meal

The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy help coordinate local families and volunteers who open their doors and invite students, staff and their families into their home for a traditional British Christmas lunch. You can choose either: 

Christmas Eve Supper (+ optional Midnight Mass/Evening Service)
                                      or
Christmas Day Lunch (+ optional afternoon activity e.g. a walk)

Spaces are offered on a first come first served basis through The Compass or via chaplaincy@fxplus.ac.uk

Opening times

Most facilities and services will be available as normal until Friday 22 December, and will re-open for normal business at 09.00 on Tuesday 2 January. Between these times there may be limited opening hours and we advise you check details on this page below.

  • Friday 22 December - 8.45am – 5pm
  • Saturday 23 December - Monday 1 January – Closed
  • Tuesday 2 January - 8.45am – 5pm

Please note that official documentation or thesis submissions must be submitted to PIP during open times. Remember, you can now issue self-service letters through iExeter.

You can find full details for opening times for the Sports Centre, library, IT support, Student Services, Chaplaincy and food outlets around campus here

Students who need help during closure days should visit the emergency help webpages. Out of hours support is also available on 01326 253503.

Our number one IT tip before Christmas is to back up your work! Make sure you have a copy of your important files stored on a different device or network file storage area. We deal with numerous file recovery problems on personal laptops, so avoid unnecessary stress by backing up your work regularly.

Have you lost your memory stick? We have a collection of various IT lost property items, in the IT Support office in the Exchange.

For further information, please email servicedesk@fxplus.ac.uk or telephone 01326 213822.

Did you know you can access the local HE libraries through the SCONUL Access scheme?

If you are a postgraduate research student, taught postgraduate on a full-time course, or a part-time, distance learning or placement student, you may be able to borrow books from other college or university libraries.  If you are a full-time undergraduate you may be able to use the resources of other college or university libraries (reference only).

Apply online via the link on the Library website where you’ll also find further information on the scheme.

The Library will continue to recall items over the Christmas holidays. If another person wishes to borrow the book/item that you have out on loan you will be asked to return the item within 7 days. For further information about renewals and reservations visit the Library website

Christmas 2017 off campus in Cornwall

If you want to venture off campus, you will find a whole range of activities to enjoy in the local area. See the Falmouth town website for inspiration, or the Visit Cornwall site for events and activities across Cornwall.

Most shops and some restaurants/cafes/bars will be totally closed on Christmas Day itself (25 December), or only open to those who have booked in advance.

Shops and restaurants are also likely to close on New Year’s Eve (Sunday 31 December) and for New Year’s Day (Monday 1 January 2018).

Travel around Cornwall

If you plan to travel in Cornwall using public transport, be aware that some services will be offering reduced services or certain services may not be running.

Check timetables and social media updates for the latest information: First Kernow for buses and Great Western for trains in Cornwall.

HOST

If you are planning to stay in the UK over Christmas, why not book a HOST experience? It's a great way to experience a true British Christmas in a real family home for a few days. 

There's a small application fee, but the visit itself is free. Find out more on their website.

Think ahead

Now the dark nights are fully upon us, think about your visibility to other road users when walking and cycling in the dark, especially when crossing roads. Your eyes have adjusted to the dark however you may not be as visible to other road users. 

If you’re going for a night out, make sure that you have a plan for how to get home, especially if you end up on your own. Try to stay with your friends, and keep a taxi number on you.

If your battery dies, ask to use your friends phone, or if you get separated, use a phone box or ask in a well-lit shop or a nightclub.

View the Devon & Cornwall Police advice site for some tips to ensure your night is safe.