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11.12.06
Careers fair to be held yearly

Following the success of Cornwall's first ever graduate careers fair last month, Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) has announced that the event will now be held annually.

"The feedback we've had from exhibitors and visitors has been overwhelmingly positive, so we are now certain that there is a demand for a yearly fair to help businesses meet the graduates and students they need to become more competitive and to help attendees plan their next steps in employment, self-employment or postgraduate study," said Jon Christie, Senior Careers Adviser at the Tremough campus.

Over 750 students and graduates from across Cornwall visited the inaugural CUC graduate careers fair to meet the 49 exhibitors, which included a mix of local and national businesses.

Senior figures from the University of Exeter and University College Falmouth have decided to make an annual exception to normal policies to enable the fair to take place at the Tremough campus in Penryn during term time. Nigel Hewitt, CUC Coordinator explains: "During the holidays the campus is a popular venue for conferences and other commercial uses, but during term times academic lectures and seminars quite rightly take precedence over all other activities, so it is a powerful statement of the CUC partnership's commitment to graduate employment that the main seminar and lecture space has been set aside for the Fair. This year's event was a wonderful example of partnership working, with Truro College, Cornwall College, the University of Plymouth, the Unlocking Cornish Potential staff and many others pooling their planning and promotional expertise to ensure that students could take advantage of the opportunity at University of Exeter and University College Falmouth's shared Tremough campus. With such excellent planning and strong sense of team working, I am confident we can keep building on this success."

For further information contact Emma Stallard at the Combined Universities in Cornwall on 01326 370446 or email emma.stallard@cuc.ac.uk.

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).

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Editor's notes:

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 all.

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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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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