Dartington College of Arts and University College Falmouth
agree to merger
The creation of a new university for the arts in the South
West has taken a major step forward with Dartington College
of Arts (DCA) and University College Falmouth (UCF) formally
agreeing to merge from January 1 next year.
The merger would see DCA's activities relocate to new
purpose-built accommodation at Falmouth from September 2010.
The combined institution would have 3,000 students, growing
to some 4,000 by 2012.
University status would be applied for around that time,
creating a unique combination in Higher Education in the UK
of art, design, media and performance arts.
The decision to merge, which is still subject to funding
approval, was taken by the Boards of Governors of both institutions
today (July 13) and follows a decision in May by both Boards
to explore merger opportunities.
Professor Andrew Brewerton, Principal of Dartington College
of Arts, said: "This agreement is a huge step forward
in the creation of a unique university for the arts in the
South West and safeguards Dartington's sustainable future
in the region while respecting its ethos and values.
"The new university will be a powerful magnet for
creative talent, and make a significant contribution to the
economic, social and cultural regeneration and prosperity
of Cornwall and the wider South West region."
Professor Alan Livingston, Principal of University College
Falmouth, said: "This merger is based on a twin
vision – academic and economic, and will be pioneering
in Higher Education in the creative sector.
"A new university for the arts will be academically
distinctive, internationally recognised, business-facing,
and socially and economically relevant to the development
of the regional economy."
The next steps will include the appointment of a project
director to oversee the planning and preparation for the merger.
The project would see almost £20 million invested in
new facilities and would form part of the next phase of the
development of the Combined Universities in Cornwall.
Funding bids will be made through Cornwall and the Isles
of Scilly's new European Convergence Programme and the
Higher Education Funding Council for England.
The decision to merge follows an independent report commissioned
by both institutions to investigate the viability of a merger
and how it would work in practice.
The report, by JM Consulting, concludes: "The creative
industries are particularly important for Cornwall and the
South West, and the merger of these two distinguished specialist
institutions provides an exceptional opportunity to raise
the level of economic impact in this sector.
"Indeed, it is hard to imagine any other investment
in the region of £20 million that could be made in Cornwall
that could have such a multiplier effect in generating sustainable
and long-term benefits for the region."
For further information contact Jilly Easterby, Head of Public
Affairs, University College Falmouth on 01326 213792 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 College Falmouth is a partner
of the CUC.
Copies of the JM Consulting report and the resolution from
the Boards of Governors of both Dartington College of Arts
and University College Falmouth will be available to download
from Monday July 16 from the DCA and UCF websites at:
Dartington College of Arts was founded in 1961 by the Dartington
Hall Trust following three decades of international experimental
artistic and educational community in music, theatre, dance
and fine art. As a specialist University Sector College specialising
in contemporary performance arts, the College enjoys an international
profile for teaching, research and creative enterprise.
The College has 680 students (568 undergraduate; 60 Masters;
and 50 postgraduate research) and is based at the Dartington
Hall Estate near Totnes, South Devon.
University College Falmouth was founded as Falmouth School
of Art in 1902. It has evolved to become internationally renowned
for its undergraduate and postgraduate courses in art, design
and media. In March 2004, its standing and quality were recognised
when the Privy Council granted the College the power to award
its own taught degrees.
The College has 2,200 students and is based at the Woodlane
Campus in Falmouth and the Tremough Campus at Penryn, which
is the hub of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative.
University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the Combined
Universities in Cornwall (CUC), a unique initiative to promote
regional economic regeneration through Higher Education. The
CUC 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
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