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03.09.07
First step for First Class graduate

Lucy Cox and company supervisor, Andy MedlinCoastline Services in Camborne were so impressed with top Cornwall College student Lucy Cox that they recently recruited her as Marketing Manager even before she had received the results of the degree in Business Administration which she had taken at the Camborne campus.  Lucy was lucky enough to find the graduate-level opportunity through Combined Universities in Cornwall's placement scheme, Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP), which places graduates in Cornish companies to help them develop.

Coastline Services is a subsidiary company of Coastline Housing Ltd, a non-profit making charitable trust which is a major provider of affordable housing in West Cornwall.  Coastline Services provides all-round building and grounds solutions to a wide range of private and public sector clients.

The company approached Unlocking Cornish Potential, which is managed by Cornwall College with investment from Objective One, looking for a graduate who could become the Marketing Manager for Coastline Services and develop a formal marketing plan.

Lucy was selected through a rigorous interview process for this new role and is thoroughly enjoying the challenge, commenting: "It was great not to only to be able to study and complete my Business degree in Cornwall, but also to be able to put my new skills back into a local organisation. I love Cornwall and felt passionately about remaining in the county – thanks to UCP this has been possible! The teams at Coastline Services and UCP are giving me plenty of support and I look forward to delivering tangible results throughout the course of the project."

Lucy has since learned that she has gained a First Class Honours degree after completing her studies in June. The BA (Hons) Business Administration course run at Cornwall College is awarded by the University of Plymouth, a partner in Combined Universities in Cornwall.

Not only has Coastline found a talented graduate through UCP but they also have the support of the project team, an expert mentor and help to access training.  The company has been so impressed by the project that they have recruited a second graduate to join Coastline Housing on a neighbourhood development project.

Zoe Dickman, Human Resources Advisor at Coastline comments: "We are proud to be part of an initiative that helps nurture local talent and ensures that it is not lost to our community. Lucy has already proved herself to be a great asset to our company and is living proof that local graduates don't have to leave Cornwall to pursue an exciting career."

Cornwall College is holding an open day on all its campus sites on Saturday 6th October, where you can find out about the business degree that Lucy's completed and over 100 other degree-level courses. For details or to book your place, email he.admissions@cornwall.ac.uk or call 01209 617698.

For further information contact Emma Stallard, Combined Universities in Cornwall PR and Communications Officer on 01326 254316 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 Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) project is part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative and is managed by Cornwall College. UCP builds on 5 years of highly successful, ESF funded activity by the University of Plymouth. The UCP project seeks to measurably improve the efficiency, competitiveness and growth potential of SMEs in Cornwall through the placement of graduates in companies to undertake business development projects. These projects can last from 6 to 12 months.

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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