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
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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).
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
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.
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