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24.08.07
Newquay's Katy joins Tremough Campus team

Katy Davidson of Newquay has joined the University of Exeter's Tremough Campus, Penryn, as Marketing Manager. She was previously Marketing Manager at Sands Resort Hotel and Spa, where she worked since 2005.

Katy was born in St Ives where her father was a lifeguard and her mother made and sold jewellery on Porthmeor Beach. The family moved to Bristol before returning to Cornwall to live in Newquay, where Katy attended Newquay Treviglas School. She left Cornwall to study at Middlesex University before returning home to work on various projects and positions with clients across Cornwall including The Extreme Academy, Cornwall Tourist Board, The Cornish Guardian and Newquay Voice. Katy spent a year and a half working for Bournemouth University as Marketing and Events Co-ordinator before returning to her home town in 2005.

Katy is due to be in post for a year while Joanne Evans is on maternity leave. Her new role will involve marketing the University of Exeter's Tremough Campus to potential students from within and outside Cornwall. This autumn sees the launch of the second phase of the Tremough Campus, which the University of Exeter shares with University College Falmouth as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative. In October the University will welcome 450 new students to study for a range of degrees, including new courses in Law, Politics, History and Cornish Studies. Applications to study with the University of Exeter on the Tremough Campus were up by 164% this year.

Katy Davidson says: "I am really excited to be joining the University of Exeter at a time when the Tremough Campus is enjoying such success in student applications, research and development. Cornwall is a fantastic location for an institution of this calibre, with benefits for the local economy - both financially and culturally."

Katy has been chair of local membership organisation Slow Food Cornwall since 2006, which involves organising local events to promote Cornish food. Slow Food is an international non-profit organisation that was founded in Italy in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. It now has over 80,000 members all over the world and a growing membership in Cornwall. Katy also has a strong interest in environmentalism and sustainability and has worked voluntarily for the Ecologist Magazine and been commissioned to conduct freelance research and write articles on the subject.

Katy is delighted to be furthering her career in her beloved home county: "I have always been passionate about Cornwall and its local identity and enjoy the unique natural geography and way of life where a day at the beach or a deep sea fishing trip is a part of the fabric of life."

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 more information or photographs contact Sarah Hoyle, Press Officer, University of Exeter, telephone 01392 262062 or email s.hoyle@exeter.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). University of Exeter is a partner of the CUC.

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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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