Partners sign up for Combined Universities in Cornwall

AN historic document which cements the partnership at the heart of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project has been signed by college and university heads.

The ‘Constitution’ concerns the CUC's role as the strategic planning body for higher education development in Cornwall. It also spells out the CUC’s major objectives.

CUC Co-ordinator Gordon Kelly said: “The CUC is quickly gaining momentum and the Constitution is the foundation for its development. It is a major achievement for such a diverse range of higher education and further education institutions to come together in this way and agree a joint way forward.

“The CUC is unique in the United Kingdom and very much a blueprint for the future of higher education in the 21st Century.”

The CUC consists of three parts. The first is a major expansion of the Tremough campus at Penryn, which is already occupied by Falmouth College of Arts. Joining the Falmouth operations will be the University of Exeter’s Cornwall provision, including Camborne School of Mines. Both institutions will be expanding the range of their academic courses at the Tremough ‘Hub’ campus.

The second part is the expansion of higher education courses at the Further Education Colleges (the ‘Rim’), and the third major part of the CUC is expansion of HE opportunities at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro (which is the Cornwall base of the new Peninsula Medical School).

The CUC is expected to develop fast over the course of 2002 with positive outcomes expected from major funding bids and planning applications in the next few months.

The Constitution also establishes the structure of the CUC’s management and operation. It sets out agreements to seek funding and procedures for managing funding between the constituent members. It also defines the representation and membership of management groups.

The CUC partners are Exeter University, Falmouth College of Arts, Plymouth University, the Open University, the College of St. Mark and St. John, Cornwall College, Truro College and Penwith College.

The total cost of CUC is some £96.3 million, of which £69.4 million is for the ‘Hub’ and £26.9 million for the ‘Rim’. Funding is coming through Cornwall’s Objective One European funding programme, the South West Regional Development Agency, the Higher Education Funding Council (England) and Cornwall County Council.

For further information please contact:

Gordon Kelly
CUC Co-ordinator
01326 370400


Editors notes:

Jason Clark
Communications Manager
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