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Falmouth graduates fly free

Principal, Professor Alan Livingston; Honorary Fellow, Alan Zoeftig; Director of Design, John MillerMore than 650 Art, Design and Media students were inspired by industry experts and encouraged to seize every opportunity to make their mark on the world as they graduated from University College Falmouth last week.

Graduates from the College's innovative range of undergraduate degrees – from Garden Design and Graphic Design; Fine Art and Film Studies; and the whole spectrum of Art, Design and Media disciplines in between – received words of wisdom from several distinguished speakers during the six ceremonies held at Falmouth's Princess Pavilion in the presence of friends, family and staff.

Cornish-born Chairman of the Guardian Media Group, Paul Myners, advised the students to embrace change in today's rapidly evolving media industry and to be multiple and serial specialists, able to rise to the challenge of its ever-changing demands; distinguished writer and lecturer on art and architecture, Professor Mel Gooding, expounded on the relationship between ethics and aesthetics; and design critic of the International Herald Tribune, Alice Rawsthorn, reminded the students of the importance of self-belief and determination, citing the story of one Jonathan Ive, who had nothing but confidence in his own talent when he started out, but who, as the designer of the ubiquitous iPod and iPhone, is now one of the most successful designers in the world.

University College Falmouth also conferred Honorary Fellowships on Lady Carol Holland MBE, for her outstanding contribution to the arts in Cornwall; on bestselling author, Patrick Gale, for his outstanding contribution to literature; on Simon Broughton, for the outstanding contribution he has made to world music through writing and documentaries; and on Alan Zoeftig for his outstanding contribution to furniture design.

"This is a time for celebration and reflection, and of excitement and relief," said University College Falmouth Principal, Professor Alan Livingston. "External examiners have confirmed that we have exceeded national standards of academic excellence, which will help us to pursue our national and international aspirations," he added. "The Irish poet, W.B. Yeats, said that education was not about the filling of a bucket but about the lighting of a fire. Your creative fire, your imagination, has been ignited by our staff, and as someone else once said, your parents give you an awareness of your roots and a pair of wings – so fly high, fly free and enjoy the twists of your incredible journey."

BA(Hons) Textile Design students Karen Gentle (left) and Rachel Radford (right) with Honorary Fellow, Lady Carol Holland CBEA number of scholarships and prizes were also awarded to graduating students: Joanna Beard from BA(Hons) Film Studies was congratulated on winning The Art Design Media Subject Centre – Higher Education Academy National Student Essay Competition; Timothy Sargent from BA(Hons) Fine Art was presented with The Denis Mitchell Sculpture Award; Sam Hofman from BA(Hons) Photography, and Chloe Reynolds and Tasha Stevens-Vallecillo from BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts were awarded Ferdynand Zweig Memorial Scholarships; and Karen Cotton from BA(Hons) Journalism, Dean Leivers from BA(Hons) Photography and Sadiqur Miah from BA(Hons) Textile Design won Sorrell Awards for Widening Participation.

The occasion also marked the tenth anniversary of the College's well-respected and successful BA(Hons) degree in English with Media Studies, which also hosted a reunion for its graduates at the weekend.

In April 2008, University College Falmouth merged with Dartington College of Arts to create a new institution focusing on the expansion of Falmouth's expertise in Art, Design and Media and Dartington's expertise in Choreography, Music, Theatre, Art and Writing.

The merger will pave the way for a new specialist Arts University in Cornwall in 2012, creating a Higher Education institution unique to the South West.

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, 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.

For further information about University College Falmouth, visit, email or telephone Admissions on 01326 213880.

For further information please 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.


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