Research and Development Matters
The Tremough campus in Penryn yesterday provided the backdrop
for an event entitled 'Research and Development Matters'
which highlighted how small businesses have benefited from
the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) Research Fund.
The event demonstrated ways in which the Cornwall Research
Fund has already been successfully used, with three local
companies presenting case studies of their projects to around
30 delegates from the business community.
PTT, a knowledge solutions company based in Penzance, developed
a service to provide accredited knowledge management systems
to a global customer base. Ross Trewhella of PTT commented:
"Without the Cornwall Research Fund we wouldn't
have been able to give the time and resources to look into
the technology standards to the depths that we did."
Sustainable Composites Ltd became partners in the development
of the first ever 'Ecoboard' surfboard and undertook
studies into the commercial availability of plant based resins
and the modification of existing resins. Their research also
extended to the possible development of a sustainable foam
for housing insulation.
Dom Boothroyd, General Manager of The National Lobster Hatchery
in Padstow explained how they had used funds to carry out
research into improving the survival rates of lobsters to
help ensure future stocks around the region. The funding supported
one of their key aims - developing a centre of excellence
for research into decapod culture and fisheries. Dom explained:
"The Cornwall Research Fund has enabled us to develop
partnerships so that we can access other people's skills
and facilities in the South West. It has been very important
to us and of enormous benefit in allowing us to employ an
extra person specific to this research."
The fund was launched in October 2004 to "assist individuals
and organisations in the development of intellectual capacity"
and is available for three types of projects - academic research,
collaborative research and development for public/private
sector collaborations and research and development for small
Provided by a joint research initiative of the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC), University of Exeter in Cornwall and Objective
One ESF funding, the scheme encourages the expansion and application
of knowledge to add value to the Cornish economy.
Peter Castell, CUC Business Development Manager, was delighted
by the positive response of delegates saying: "We
have enormous potential within Cornwall to create an economy
which thrives through research and innovation. Schemes such
as the Cornwall Research Fund provide outstanding opportunities
for local businesses to become more competitive and creative.
It has been a very valuable exercise to showcase some of the
successful projects which have already taken place and to
encourage more small businesses to become involved."
For further information contact Emma Stallard at the Combined
Universities in Cornwall on 01326 370446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF).
The Combined Universities in Cornwall is a dynamic and visionary
partnership that is one of the driving forces behind Cornwall's
economic renaissance. This partnership combines the Universities
of Exeter and Plymouth, University College Falmouth, The Open
University, The College of St Mark & St John, and the
Peninsula Medical School, with Cornwall's Further Education
colleges - Cornwall College, Truro College and Penwith College.
It aims not only to provide the students of the future with
more choice and greater opportunities, but also to boost the
economic fortunes of the region for the benefit of one and
The CUC initiative has been invested in by the Objective One
Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the South
West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council
and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
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