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24.04.08
Tremough Campus event to inspire young Cornish careers

Children from ten Cornish schools are visiting the Tremough Campus, Penryn, next Wednesday 30 April to learn about careers in the life sciences. Organised by the University of Exeter and Education Business Partnership, 'BioScience! Is it for me?' will introduce year ten pupils to a range of biosciences career opportunities.

Groups of year ten students from the following schools are booked to take part: Bodmin College, Helston Community College, Launceston College, Newquay Tretherras School, Penair School, Penrice Community College, Penryn College, Poltair School, Pool Business & Enterprise College and Richard Lander School.

Representatives from South West Water, Agrifood Innovation Centre (Duchy College), Key Organics, TRAC Services and Wainui SW Limited will be on hand to talk about the range of careers they offer. Academics from the University of Exeter's Tremough Campus will discuss what is involved in studying biosciences at university and a career in academic research. Students will be given information on the academic and vocational routes that are available to those interested in working in this field.

Professor Matthew Evans, Provost of the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus said: "We hope this event will inspire young people in Cornwall by opening their eyes to the amazing opportunities out there in biosciences. We also hope to encourage them to consider studying biology courses at university. The University of Exeter offers a range of biosciences courses on the Tremough Campus and we are keen to attract the county's brightest young people to study with us."

The day will include a series of interactive workshops and demonstrations and a tour of the Tremough Campus. Throughout the day, pupils will meet with employers, academics and University of Exeter student ambassadors. The event will culminate in a 'University Challenge' style quiz in which teams will battle it out to answer questions on what they have learned throughout the day. The winning team will receive a shield.

Julie Fellows, Business Services Manager of Cornwall Education Business Partnership said: "It is vitally important that young people in our county are aware of the exciting and innovative work being done in the field of Biosciences, and of the opportunities that this presents them. Young people must have the information that they need in order to make choices about their futures, and this event allows them to access this knowledge and see what the county has to offer in terms of both higher education and employment.

"It is great to have some of the sector's most influential organisations taking part and we are fortunate to enjoy the support of not only the university and the employers but also the Learning and Skills Council. I am sure that the pupils will enjoy the day, which will be informative and interactive."

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, Modern Celtic and Cornish Studies, English, Geology, Geography, History, Law, Mining Engineering, Politics and Renewable Energy on the Tremough Campus, which has expanded rapidly as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative.

For further information please contact Sarah Hoyle, Press Officer, University of Exeter, on 01392 262062/07989 446920 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
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The Partnership Office
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Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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