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Professor Alan Livingston, principal of University College Falmouth and chair of the Combined Universities in Cornwall Steering Group was appointed CBE (Commander, Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Year Honours List, for services to Higher Education.

Professor Livingston said: "I am delighted and surprised to be awarded the CBE. The award recognises in particular the success of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative. This project has immense significance for Cornwall. It represents a major impetus for improving and helping business in the county, it is providing opportunities in university-level education that Cornish people have not enjoyed before and it is attracting talented new people to Cornwall.

"CUC will be a major force in the economic well-being of Cornwall for generations to come. It has been a team effort, involving all the providers of higher education in Cornwall and it has demonstrated the power of working collaboratively. Colleagues have become partners, drawn together and held together by their strength of vision for the future of Cornwall. It has been an honour and a privilege to take part in this great project."

For further information please contact Martin Horrox on 01326 213756 or email:

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


Editor's notes:

Professor Alan Livingston trained at Ulster College of Art and Design in Graphic Design and Typography. He is co-author with his wife Isabella of 'The Thames and Hudson Encyclopaedia of Graphic Design and Designers'.

He has been Principal of University College Falmouth (previously Falmouth College of Arts) since 1987. In 2004 he saw the College become the first independent higher education institution in Cornwall with the power to award its own taught degrees, and this change of status was recognised by the Privy Council with a change of name to University College Falmouth in March 2005.

During Professor Livingston's time at Falmouth, the College has grown from some 700 students to more than 2000, and there are plans for further expansion to 3000 students by 2010. The College has an international reputation for art, design and media.

The College was a founding partner of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative and has benefited from the substantial investment by the EU (Objective One) and UK Government in the CUC, especially at the Tremough Campus. Bought by the College in 1999 as a site for expansion, Tremough is now the 'hub' campus of the CUC project. In a unique arrangement, it is shared, and jointly managed, by University College Falmouth and the University of Exeter.

New buildings worth £50 million were completed at Tremough in October 2004, along with residences for 500 students (financed privately by the two institutions at a cost of £17 million). University College Falmouth has state-of-the-art studios at Tremough for its media and design courses. A second phase of development, costing a further £40 million, will start at Tremough shortly.

Professor Livingston is also Chair of Arts Council England, South West (from 2002), a member of the Royal Mail Stamp Advisory Committee, London (since 1993) and a member of Cornwall's Objective One Strategic Development Group.


Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
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