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Paving the way for a new generation of designers

School pupils across Cornwall made their way excitedly to University College Falmouth's Design Centre on the Tremough Campus on Thursday 26 June to attend an awards ceremony for DESIGNED. IN CORNWALL, a new event at which to showcase their outstanding work in design and technology.

More than 200 GCSE and A level students from secondary schools and tertiary colleges across Cornwall have taken part in the showcase, organised by staff from University College Falmouth, and teachers from across Cornwall.

An exhibition of the students' work was held in the Design Centre at University College Falmouth's Tremough Campus on Saturday 28 June from 11am to 4pm.

The innovative and diverse range of work consisted of a new seasonal type of footwear together with point-of-sale promotional materials designed by Toby Sullivan at Cornwall College to an Eco Power source, created by Jessica Finch from Richard Lander School, that provides campers with a means of harnessing wind power to recharge batteries and enables them to cook using solar power. Other pioneering work on display encompasses gardening, recycling, lighting, baby wear and furniture to fashion, jewellery, food, photography and agriculture.

"Following the success of the RichardLander Design Show-off – a yearly design exhibition at the school – the idea for a county-wide show was born," explains Richard Stott, the Design & Technology Team Leader/AST at Richard Lander School. "Following his visit to our show last year, I approached UCF's Director of Design, John Miller, with the idea of DESIGNED. IN CORNWALL which he kindly welcomed with open arms and agreed to host."

"I very much hope that DESIGNED. IN CORNWALL will become a yearly event," commented John Miller. "We want to celebrate the talent coming out of Cornish schools and to encourage more of our young people to consider careers in design," he added. "Both students and teachers have responded magnificently to the opportunity to display their work in the inspirational surroundings of the Design Centre."

In 2003, University College Falmouth opened the Design Centre, part of a £130 million development funded under the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative. The Design Centre provides impressive facilities for degree courses in Contemporary Crafts, 3D and Spatial Design, Textile Design and Garden Design, and it also houses a Research Cluster in 3D Digital Production, Autonomatic. Its innovative, open-plan layout removes the boundaries between disciplines and provides invaluable opportunities for collaboration between them. The pupils taking part in DESIGNED. IN CORNWALL will be able to see samples of work from each of these courses.

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 degree Design Courses at 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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