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25.07.05
Renewable Energy Students Spend Summer In Business

Kensa Heat Pumps, who have two CUC students placed with them for the summerThe new Renewable Energy course taught by Camborne School of Mines, part of the University of Exeter in Cornwall, is proving to be a huge hit with the students. Far from taking it easy over the summer, the students have all secured holiday placements in businesses specialising in their favoured aspects of the renewables field. Whilst some students have travelled to India and the Netherlands for their placements, others have found local companies willing to share their expertise.

The three year course is based at the Tremough Campus which is shared by the University of Exeter in Cornwall and University College Falmouth as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative. It aims to teach undergraduates ways in which the earth's renewable energy sources can be harnessed and therefore reduce our dependency on finite reserves of coal, oil and gas. As well as classroom-based learning the degree programme aims to give the students practical work experience. UEC Renewable Energy Programme Director, Dean Millar said: "It's absolutely vital that these students get work experience as part of their training. It develops employability skills and allows students to find out what it's like in the real world of work. These students will graduate next summer and it's already looking like they'll all have jobs before graduation."

Local Falmouth business Kensa Heat Pumps has strong links with the degree and this year offered two students summer placements at their premises in Falmouth. Simon Allen, from Truro, returned to higher education last year and is delighted that it is now possible to study Renewable Energy in Cornwall. "Having taken the gamble and decided to go back to studying, it is incredibly reassuring that local businesses are crying out for graduates in this field. I am really keen to live and work down here on completion of my degree and it looks as though that is set to become a reality."

Kensa Heat Pumps is the only UK manufacturer of a full range of ground source heat pumps, which are electrically powered systems that tap the stored energy of the earth and provide an affordable, energy efficient alternative to gas boilers. Richard Freeborn, Director of Kensa Heat Pumps believes that having the students with the company over the summer is a real benefit. "It gives the students a chance to get out of the classroom and move away from academia. Over the summer Simon and our other student, Craig will deal with every aspect of geothermal heat pumps from creation to installation and I aim to give them a real taste of working in the industry. What better preparation could you get?"

Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership is also hosting a Renewable Energy student over the summer. The Partnership aims to combine the expertise and knowledge of organisations in order to integrate sustainable energy into countywide strategies.

For further information, please contact Morwenna Foy in the CUC PR & Communications Office on 01326 370446 or email: Morwenna.foy@cuc.ac.uk.

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

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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.

Contact:
For more information, please contact Morwenna Foy in the CUC PR & Communications Office.

Morwenna Foy
CUC PR & Communications
Tremough Campus
Penryn
TR10 9EZ
Tel: 01326 370446
Email: Morwenna.foy@cuc.ac.uk

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

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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