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15.07.05
The First Summer Schools At Tremough Campus Boost Visitors To Penryn And Cornwall

Penryn Town Mayor Councillor Gill Grant, welcomed schoolchildren from Italy to Penryn on Thursday 14 July 2005 at Penryn Museum. More than 200 Italian schoolchildren will stay at the Tremough Campus in the next four weeks, learning English and visiting the sights of Cornwall.

This is the first major summer school to be housed at Tremough and a further sign of the contribution that the campus is making to the economy of Penryn and Cornwall. The academic timetable for the summer school and all the excursions are organised by Edinburgh Academic Centres.

As the summer term gives way to the summer vacation at the Tremough Campus, Penryn, the residences and teaching rooms are filling with visitors from Italy, keen to learn English and see the sights in one of the most picturesque areas of the UK. European Academic Centres (EAC) is bringing more than 200 Italian schoolchildren to Tremough in the next four weeks for the first major summer school at Cornwall's newest university campus.

EAC is a specialist company in education, language courses and holiday programmes for adults, teenagers and young people from Britain, Europe and around the world. At Tremough it organises all the teaching, the excursions to Cornwall's tourist spots and the students' other leisure activities and the Tremough Campus provides bed and board and the use of its modern teaching facilities.

The 500 bed student residence, Glasney Parc and the new teaching rooms at Tremough were completed less than a year ago. They will be used outside the academic year for conferences, summer schools and other residential gatherings that will spread the word about the stunning facilities at Tremough and attract more visitors to Cornwall. The economic benefits of year round activity at Tremough will be felt on the campus itself, but also in Penryn and more widely in Cornwall.

Commercial Service Manager at Tremough, Stuart Massey said: "With the completion of Tremough, West Cornwall has gained a unique new conference centre. The specialised facilities here allow us to accommodate business that is new to the county, which is good news for many other businesses in Cornwall as well."

Murray Rowlands, Centre Director for the European Academic Centres summer school said: "We're delighted to launch this major new venture at Tremough and we trust it is the first of many. We believe our summer school is the first of its kind in Cornwall and it's a great opportunity to show off this beautiful county. I have no doubt that our students will return in later life to relive their experience here. At Tremough they spend half their time improving their English and the other half visiting the attractions of Cornwall, from the historic houses and gardens to the surfing beaches of Newquay. We also hope they make contact with pupils at Penryn College who might welcome a chance to practise their Italian."

EAC's students at Tremough are aged between nine and 17 and come from Rome and from the region of Ferrara, mid way between Venice and Florence. They are accompanied by five leaders from Italy and will be taught at Tremough by a team, appointed by EAC, of English language specialists from Cornwall and elsewhere in the UK.

The summer school is another first for the Tremough Campus and it is a pointer to the contribution that the campus will make to the long-term economic regeneration of Penryn. In recognition of this, EAC's pupils were welcomed to the historic town in Penryn Museum by the Mayor, Councillor Gill Grant.

The conference facilities at Tremough include 500 bedrooms, all en-suite and with double beds and internet access. Full board at all levels up to gala dinners can be provided in the refectory and guests also have the use of shared kitchens, which are equipped with satellite TV. The new teaching rooms on the campus can be reconfigured to seat any number from 15 to 500 and are equipped with the latest audio-visual aids.

The conference business at Tremough is operated by Tremough Campus Services, a company jointly managed and owned by University College Falmouth and the University of Exeter, which share responsibility for the campus.

Substantial investment for the new academic buildings at Tremough was provided under the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative by the European Union, through Objective One, as a means of boosting the long-term economic regeneration of Cornwall. Match funding was provided by the UK Government, though the South West Regional Development Agency and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The residences at Glasney Parc were funded privately by University College Falmouth and the University of Exeter. Plans for a second phase of development at Tremough are close to completion.

For further information please contact Martin Horrox, University College Falmouth on 01326 213756 or e-mail: martin.horrox@falmouth.ac.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the CUC through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
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Pydar Street
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Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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