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16.05.08
New University Centre officially opened at Rosewarne

Duchy College Rosewarne announced its brand new university level centre, the Shepherd Building, officially open today (May 16) at a special ceremony held on site.

The building is named after the late Fred Shepherd, first director of the Rosewarne Experimental Horticulture Station. Mr Shepherd's daughter, Sue Rowe, unveiled the plaque of the new building, as college staff and students, councillors and other VIP guests welcomed the new venture.

This £1.5 million initiative to bring more university courses and facilities to Cornwall, has been partially funded by the CUC, which is part-funded by the Objective One European Regional Development Fund.

David Hinchcliffe, Vice Principal at Duchy College, said: "We decided to name this building after Fred to acknowledge his hard work and dedication to horticulture; it's fantastic that Sue has been able to come today to officially open the building."

The modern two storey higher education centre, built by ROC and designed by Paynton Bradbury Wynter Cole took six months to complete and features excellent teaching facilities with a state-of-the-art lecture theatre and specialist laboratories. The building will cater for students pursuing courses as varied as Veterinary Nursing and Garden Design and will also be used by the RSPB and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership Office, said: "This is hugely significant for businesses in the region, by providing them with the opportunity to recruit graduates with specialist knowledge and expertise to help them flourish in today's knowledge-based economy. It is also clearly great news for current and future students to ensure they experience the best quality learning environment while studying at the College."

The degree level courses on offer at Rosewarne, approved by the University of Plymouth, include courses in Conservation, Veterinary Nursing, Horticulture and Rural Management. Many of the courses are offered on a full-time and part-time basis to fit around work and family commitments.

The official opening of the Shepherd Building began at 11:30am and was attended by College staff, industry professionals, figures from the original Rosewarne Horticultural Station and local dignitaries. Guests were given the opportunity to meet students and have a look around the brand new building and its resources.

John Latham, Principal of Cornwall College said: "It's an exciting time at all of the Cornwall College campuses; there are new courses, new facilities and new initiatives coming together to ensure that our students enjoy a quality learning experience and our continued collaboration with employers is ensuring that our students are well equipped when it comes to stepping into the workplace."

For further information on the degree courses available at Duchy College, part of Cornwall College, please contact the College on 01209 722100.

For further information please contact Michelle Stephens, Marketing Executive, Duchy College Rosewarne, on 01209 722130 or email michelle.stephens@duchy.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). DuchyCollege is part of CornwallCollege, a partner of the CUC.

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Editor's notes:

Established in 1929 to meet the training needs of local industry, Cornwall College has now grown to be the third largest further and higher education College in the UK with an annual turnover of £70m.

The College has seven campus sites spread across Cornwall; Saltash, St Austell, Camborne, Newquay, Duchy College Rosewarne, Duchy College Stoke Climsland and Falmouth Marine School and offers the widest range of high quality academic and vocational training in the county. It is the only College in the South West to hold four 'Centre of Vocational Excellence Awards'.

Centre of Vocational Excellence - Tourism, Customer Care
Centre of Vocational Excellence - IT Systems
Centre of Vocational Excellence - Marine Engineering and Technology
Centre of Vocational Excellence - Food and Drink Technology

Cornwall College is a partner of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) which is part-funded by the Objective One European Regional Development Fund and has recently benefited from multi-million pound investments in new buildings and facilities for its 3,000 students studying at university level.

The university courses at Cornwall College, which are validated by the University of Plymouth, are predominately foundation degrees. These courses, which are vocational higher education qualifications, are designed and delivered with the world of work in mind, so students can achieve a nationally recognised qualification, while also gaining the skills needed for a successful career.

All foundation degrees at Cornwall College include work experience, as well as practical and academic study on campus, to ensure graduates are well prepared for employment. Courses last two years studied full time or three years part-time. Modules can be studied independently for more flexible study.

Studying a degree course with Cornwall College offers students:

A friendly, safe and beautiful environment
Experienced and well qualified staff, who are specialists in their work
Excellent resources
A caring and supportive atmosphere that gives each individual the best chance of success

    

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
The Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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