FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy (FVLA) and Student Ambassador Programme 2023
Ailsa Gorman (Newcastle University) and Sean Nolan (University of Nottingham) have been appointed as the FISU Ambassadors 2023 on behalf of BUCS and will represent the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as part of the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy (FVLA). Following participation in the FVLA across 2023, Ailsa and Sean will be tasked to create an individual action plan supported by the BUCS International Performance Manager, to plan and deliver relevant activities that can support the development of university sport within BUCS.
Ailsa is currently 1st XI hockey team captain at Newcastle University and completing a psychology placement year with the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). Sean is currently Sports Officer at the University of Nottingham, the first ever UoN SU re-elected Sports Officer.
The 2023 edition of the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy (FVLA) will take place in an online format in which the introductory session is to be held virtually on 23 June 2023 with the main session to be held online across the 7 to 9 September 2023. This programme is a unique opportunity for students to broaden their experience, knowledge and contribute to the development of university sport. The main topics of the 2023 edition will be sport and education, dual career, sustainability, future and legacy of the FISU Student Ambassadors programme.
Previous United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Ambassadors:
2022: Rose Wignall (Loughborough University)
2021: Alisa Martin (University of St Andrews)
2020: Elena Mekushina (University of Leeds), Peter Boyes (University of Nottingham) and Veronika Marova (University of Sussex)
2019: Ellis Clark (Sheffield Hallam University)
2018: Adam Pratchett (University of Nottingham)
FISU World Forum
Every two years and alternating with the FISU World University Games event years, the FISU World Forum brings together students, officials and other key partners involved in the university sport movement within FISU member associations. Combining academic sessions with cultural, educational and sporting activities, it is a powerful communication platform for the various university sports communities. This combination gives the FISU World Forum an educational value in the broadest sense of the term. Representatives from within the BUCS membership, both students and staff will have the opportunity to attend the event.
The FISU World Forum is held over five days. It usually focuses on one main theme and several sub-themes, each of which is moderated by a speaker specialised in the subject area. Workshops/seminars on each sub-theme are held every day. The FISU World Forum is also a platform for the member National University Sports Federations (NUSF) to share and promote projects and programmes that they have developed, which contribute to the university sports movement. With a constantly evolving format, the forum aims at providing a marketplace for discussions on ideas and projects for its participants.