£10 million boost for higher education in Cornwall

The Combined Universities (CUC) in Cornwall project has taken another huge step forward with the announcement of almost £10 million being invested at six of Cornwall College’s sites across Cornwall.

The investment will enable Cornwall College to deliver a range of higher education (HE) facilities to complement those that will be offered at the CUC’s main campus at Tremough near Penryn, where work on the £40 million main campus building is expected to begin shortly.

The investment will create eight new buildings with the latest teaching, computing or scientific equipment. It will also provide state-of-the-art resources, such as lecture theatres for local communities.

The plans for the Cornwall College Group include:

Camborne – a new sports hall extension, student study and recreational areas and a large specialist teaching and multi-media teaching block.

Newquay – in partnership with Newquay Zoo, a new zoological conservation learning area.

Saltash – a new computing and care teaching block.

St Austell – a new computing building and improved Performing Arts facilities.

Duchy College Stoke Climsland – new facilities concentrating on agricultural diversification and environmental sustainability.

Duchy College Rosewarne – new buildings for the horticulture and animal industries.

The £9.7 million investment at Cornwall College includes £4.77 million from the Objective One programme for Cornwall and Scilly, match-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council England. The balance of £734,000 has come from the College’s funds.

The CUC is Cornwall’s largest Objective One project and is being built in two phases at a total cost of around £96 million. It is a partnership between the universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Falmouth College of Arts, the Open University, the College of St Mark and St John and the further education providers in Cornwall, namely Cornwall College, Truro College and Penwith College.

Phase one of the CUC includes the construction of the main ‘Hub’ campus and a number of developments at several satellite ‘Rim’ sites across Cornwall, which collectively will deliver a huge increase in HE provision in Cornwall.

Dr Alan Stanhope, chief executive of Cornwall College, said: “This investment will create the facilities to deliver and develop the vision, aims and objectives of the CUC. Cornwall College, through its partnership with the University of Plymouth, already has 2,500 students studying at university level. Now we can create an additional 800 student places spread right across Cornwall, opening up many more opportunities for students to study the high quality courses they want in the location they want.”

Bill Bawden, Objective One programme director, said: “The overall vision of the CUC is to expand significantly HE provision in Cornwall and by doing so address one of the key limitations on economic development in the county. Today’s announcement goes a long way towards the CUC’s aim of creating an additional 4,000 HE places in Cornwall by 2010.”

Work at many of the sites has already started and will be completed by the end of 2004, bringing the latest high level learning facilities throughout the county.


Editors notes:

By 2010, the CUC will have created an additional 4,000 HE student places, producing 1,300 graduates a year. An economic impact study has estimated that the CUC will generate £32 million a year for Cornwall’s GDP. It is expected to create an additional 1,000 jobs and lead to the construction of 35,600 sq metres of new buildings.

The structure of the CUC is unique in the UK, comprising a central Hub campus supporting and supported by Cornwall’s Further Education colleges.

The Hub is a new purpose-built campus at Penryn near Falmouth, alongside the Falmouth College of Arts campus, offering world-class facilities for up to 5,000 students. It will include the world-renowned Camborne School on Mines, which will relocate from its existing location at Camborne into state-of-the-art premises.

The Hub will cost £69.4 million and will be built in two phases. Phase One will cost £44.8 million. The first new facilities will be completed in September 2003, with the remainder finished by the end of 2004. Phase Two will cost an estimated £24.6 million and will completed by the end of 2007.

The total investment in facilities at the Rim amounts to £26.9 million and is also phased. Phase One, which has already started, will see £15.9 million invested in new facilities to help Cornwall’s FE colleges expand their existing programmes. Today’s announcement is part of that funding package. This work will be completed by the end of 2004. Phase two will see around £11 million invested in the Rim, completed by the end of 2007.

For more information contact:

Dr Alan Stanhope
Chief Executive
Cornwall College
01726 222724


Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388