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07.10.05
Tremough Campus - One Year On

As the latest cohort of freshers settle down to their studies, Cornwall's education leaders are reflecting on the passage of a full year since the completion of the new development at the Tremough campus near Penryn and on plans for major new facilities at the site.

Tremough is shared by the University of Exeter in Cornwall and University College Falmouth as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative and currently hosts over 1,600 students. The new resources at Tremough have proved a tremendous draw to students, as Professor Keith Atkinson, Provost of the University of Exeter in Cornwall and Chair of the CUC Executive Group explained: "When potential students visit us for the first time, most are impressed by the sheer size of the main building and by its groundbreaking design. Obviously the calibre of our staff and courses, plus the cutting-edge equipment students have access to, are the main reasons why so many have applied to come here, but the beautiful environment we enjoy at Tremough is a terrific bonus."

Both University College Falmouth and the University of Exeter in Cornwall are on track to meet their recruitment targets for the year. Professor Alan Livingston, principal of University College Falmouth and chair of the CUC steering group commented: "The concept of two independent higher education institutions sharing a single campus is still a very new and exciting one. The fact that the past year has gone so smoothly at Tremough is a tribute to the dedication and understanding of the staff at both institutions. Together we have created an incredibly stimulating environment which is inspiring students and playing a major role in the regeneration of Cornwall's economy."

The new building at Tremough was completed in October 2004 and was the last of the developments enabled by the first phase of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative to be finished, following the openings of new buildings housing university-level education at Truro College and at Cornwall College campuses in Camborne, Rosewarne, St Austell, Newquay, Stoke Climsland and Saltash. The total investment in CUC phase one was £65 million. A second £55 million phase of funding for the CUC has now been secured and over the coming months building work will start on the expansion of teaching and social areas at Tremough and on new buildings at seven other sites across Cornwall, (work on Truro College's Fal building is already underway). All the new facilities will be ready to welcome students in September 2007 at the latest.

For further information please contact David Kirk in the CUC PR & Communications Office on 01326 370471 or email: david.kirk@cuc.ac.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the CUC through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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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.

Phase 1 of 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.

Phase 2 of the CUC initiative is being invested in by the Objective One Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Department for Education and Skills, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and the South West Regional Development Agency. The CUC is the flagship project of the Objective One programme.

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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