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Cornwall's Graduates Snapped Up By Industry

As Camborne School of Mines (CSM), part of the University of Exeter in Cornwall, completes its first academic year after relocating to the Tremough Campus in Penryn, many of its students have already been snapped up by local and international businesses. The University of Exeter in Cornwall shares the Tremough campus with University College Falmouth as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative.

"A number of our students were offered jobs long before they got their final exam results, that's how in-demand their skills are," said Professor Keith Atkinson, Provost of the University of Exeter in Cornwall. "Our geology students have done very well, which is particularly satisfying as the undergraduate geology courses at Tremough have just been ranked in the UK top 10 by the recently published Times Good University Guide. Our mining engineers continue to be in very high demand. The major global mining companies tell us there is a worldwide shortage of 400 mining engineers per year and there is also a chronic shortfall in related UK industries such as quarrying. With only two universities in the UK specialising in these areas, we estimate that there are seven jobs on offer for every graduate."

Fritha Ellis

Fritha Ellis, 21, has secured her dream job in her hometown of Falmouth. Whilst studying Engineering Geology and Geotechnics with CSM, Fritha completed a one month placement with Falmouth based GeoScience Limited, an earth science consultancy serving the oil and gas industry as well as providing geothermal systems. Managing Director Dr. Tony Batchelor was so impressed with Fritha's work that he offered her the job of Wellbore Stability Technical Assistant, starting as soon as she finished her exams. "I always wanted to stay in Cornwall, close to my friends and family and near the sea. I have been able to study the course I wanted close to home and now I have a great job here and have just bought my first house. I feel very lucky."


Mark ThomasApplied Geology student Mark Thomas has accepted a job rather further from home. Mark will soon be leaving his native Penzance for a new career in Brisbane, Australia, where he will be working at the headquarters of materials analysis specialists Intellection, using the skills he acquired as a student to analyse mineral samples for mining company BHP Billiton. Mark, 29, explained why he chose to study Applied Geology: "After doing my A levels I spent several years doing seasonal work to pay for various surfing trips all over the world. I always thought I had more potential, so I applied to CSM because I knew their graduates had a reputation for going straight into employment, plus I was able to stay in Cornwall. I really focused on my studies and gave it my all, so I'm really pleased to have been offered such an exciting job at the end of it."

CUC Coordinator Gordon Kelly commented: "These students are just two of the countless success stories coming out of the CUC and are great illustrations of the Combined Universities in Cornwall's aims. The investment we have secured from Objective One and the UK Government enables our partner universities and colleges to build new buildings, develop new courses and invest in new equipment. This provides people with the opportunity to get a first class university level education close to home, which in turn means better employment prospects for them and a supply of talented graduates to help businesses to get ahead."

For more information please contact Morwenna Foy in the CUC PR & Communications Office on 01326 370446 or email:

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


Editor's notes:

The Combined Universities in Cornwall is a dynamic and visionary partnership that is one of the driving forces behind Cornwall's renaissance. This partnership combines the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, University College Falmouth, The Open University, The College of St Mark & St John, and the Peninsula Medical School, with Cornwall's Further Education colleges - Cornwall College, Truro College and Penwith College. It aims not only to provide the students of the future with more choice and greater opportunities, but also to boost the economic fortunes of the region for the benefit of one and all.

The CUC initiative has been invested in by the Objective One Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the South West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.


Clare Morgan
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