Cornwall's first 200: University hosts historic Tremough
The University of Exeter will award the first degrees to
students from its Tremough Campus this summer. On 16 July,
207 students will graduate with degrees in Biology, English,
Geology, Geography, Mining Engineering and Renewable Energy.
The degrees will be awarded by the University of Exeter's
Chancellor, Floella Benjamin OBE at the first ever degree
ceremony on the Tremough Campus, Penryn. Sir Nicholas Stern,
who recently headed the highly influential Stern Review on
the Economics of Climate Change, and leading British artist
Kurt Jackson, who lives in West Cornwall, will be presented
with honorary degrees.
Professor Keith Atkinson, Provost of the University of Exeter's
Cornwall Campus said: "I am very proud of our first
graduates from this new campus, who have worked so hard to
achieve their degrees. They are the first of many people from
within and outside the county to benefit from this wonderful
new higher education provision in Cornwall. When the University
of Exeter was created in 1955 it was very much seen as an
institution that would serve both Devon and Cornwall. That
remains its mission and this historic occasion, more than
half a century later, demonstrates how a successful research-led
University can help the people of Cornwall achieve their ambitions
and improve the economy of Cornwall."
In 2002, the University of Exeter established its Cornwall
Campus, which it shares with University College Falmouth,
as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative.
The University has been undertaking research and teaching
in Cornwall since 1970, when it established its Cornish Studies
department. Camborne School of Mines became part of the University
of Exeter in 1993 and is now based at Tremough.
CUC Executive Director Dr Ian Tunbridge said: "The
University of Exeter's first Tremough Campus graduation
is a powerful reminder of how far university education in
Cornwall has come. Combined Universities in Cornwall has created
thousands of opportunities for people to fulfil their study
ambitions at campuses across the county. The challenge now
is to ensure that we harness the CUC partnership's tremendous
potential to transform Cornwall's economy. I sincerely
hope that many of these new graduates will now choose to stay
in the county to use their knowledge to boost local businesses
or to start their own enterprises in Cornwall."
This year, applications to study with the University of Exeter
on the Tremough Campus rose by 122%. In October, the University
will welcome over 450 new students to Tremough when the second
phase of the Campus opens, offering new degrees in Cornish
Studies, History, Law and Politics. With a growing team of
world-class academics, the University has brought some £5.4
million in new research income to Cornwall since 2004.
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership
said: "The Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC)
was created to be the economic catalyst for the regeneration
of the Cornish economy. Today we celebrate the success that
this flagship project for the Objective One Programme has
created. These graduates are the first fruit of this investment,
and will be followed by many more to build a new economic
future and support this region in looking outwards to success."
The £100 million Tremough Campus is a Combined Universities
in Cornwall initiative of which the University of Exeter and
University College Falmouth are two of the founding partners.
It is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One),
the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher
Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall
County Council. Set in 70 acres of countryside, but close
to the waterside towns of Penryn and Falmouth, the campus
offers a lively student community. The University of Exeter
now offers degrees in Biology, Cornish Studies, English, Geology,
Geography, History, Law, Mining Engineering, Politics and
Renewable Energy on its Tremough Campus, which has expanded
rapidly as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative.
For further information contact Sarah Hoyle, Press Officer,
University of Exeter on 01392 262062/07989 446920 or email
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). University of Exeter is a partner of the
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