University College Falmouth's Director of Media is a
welcome ingredient in Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall
University College Falmouth's Director of Media, Paul
Inman, has been appointed a Board Trustee to the Cornwall
Foundation of Promise, to help oversee the new Fifteen Cornwall
restaurant which opens this May, following the format of Jamie
Oliver's brilliant social enterprise in London.
The new restaurant is being developed at Watergate Bay, one
Cornwall's premier surf spots on the north coast. The
restaurant will provide a valuable boost to Cornwall's
tourism industry and make use of the abundance of high quality
local food producers in the region.
"Fifteen Cornwall is an excellent example of a
positive, practical way of achieving economic development
for the region and of changing people's lives at the
same time," explains Paul.
Twenty hopefuls between the ages of 16 and 24 from disadvantaged
backgrounds have been handpicked from a whopping shortlist
of 300 applicants from 18 Objective One targeted areas of
deprivation in Cornwall to train as chefs with the best in
the restaurant industry. As a Board Trustee, Paul will deploy
his considerable media skills and experience to help oversee
the delivery of Fifteen Cornwall's objectives which
include the relief of unemployment and advancement of vocational
education as well as long-term plans to alleviate sickness,
poverty and distress through a variety of charitable purposes.
"I have a personal interest in social inclusion
work," continues Paul. "I have been designing
and delivering media projects for over 20 years to work alongside
a range of disenfranchised groups – including, amongst
others, the unemployed, drug users, people with mental health
problems, prisoners and young people in custodial care. Additionally,
a lot of my television and film work as a Producer/Director
has seen me documenting public projects like Fifteen Cornwall,"
"I am delighted that Paul Inman has been appointed
as a Board Trustee for the Cornwall Foundation of Promise,"
says University College Falmouth's Principal, Professor
Alan Livingston CBE. "This important new initiative
will give a new sense of direction and ambition to a wide
range of young people who have previously experienced various
forms of disadvantage in their lives which has held them back
from achieving their potential. I am extremely confident that
Paul will make a crucial contribution to the development of
this innovative project," he adds.
Paul took up his appointment as Director of Media at University
College Falmouth in October 2005, where he is responsible
for the academic and strategic leadership of the subject area.
Prior to his entry into the academic world, Paul worked as
a filmmaker specialising in producing television programmes
and films about arts and social issues for BBC1, BBC2, ITV
and Channel 4. He has also produced cinema commercials, information
films and educational videos for the Royal College of Psychiatrists
and the Department of Health, a series of films for The Slot
on Channel 4 and directed a South West Screen-funded dance
film, Go Three, as part of their Shattering Fact scheme.
"The media plays a powerful role in people's lives,"
says Henry Ashworth, founder of the Extreme Academy at
Watergate Bay, the site for the new restaurant, and Chair
of the Trustees of the Cornwall Foundation of Promise. "We're
delighted that Paul Inman has decided to join the Board as
he brings indispensable media experience from both the private
and public sectors (in and out of Cornwall) which will assist
the Fifteen project immensely."
Paul joins other key players in the Fifteen project from
University College Falmouth. Former Graphic Design student,
Ross Imms of A-Side, has been commissioned to create an artistic
frieze surrounding the Fifteen kitchen using fine art and
graffiti. The Managing Director of Absolute Design, the local
company who have designed the restaurant's interior,
is Falmouth Fine Art graduate, Helen Blake, as is Absolute
Interior Designer, Alistair Graham.
"I think it's wonderful that these links
between University College Falmouth have come about in an
organic way," says Paul. "I think it's
important that universities are connected to their local communities
in a very real way. The appointment will enable University
College Falmouth to build strong links with Fifteen Cornwall
and the resulting relationship will be a two-way connection.
We may be able to offer media facilities and training to the
youngsters as they build their self-confidence. In return,
Fifteen Cornwall may want to use University College Falmouth
and emerging interactive technologies to develop ways of telling
the story of the project to the wider world. There are many
possibilities, and most of them are unknown to us until we
begin working together," he adds.
Henry Ashworth agrees. "Paul will help us develop
a mutually beneficial relationship with a crucially important
Cornish institution which is at the forefront of helping young
people in the county reach their full potential."
For further information please contact Jilly Easterby at
University College Falmouth on 01326 211077 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in CUC, both Phase 1 and Phase
2 through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). University
College Falmouth is a partner of the CUC. The Objective One
Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has also invested
in the Fifteen Cornwall project through the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF).
University College Falmouth is internationally respected
for the quality of its undergraduate and postgraduate courses
in art, design and media.
In 2001 the College opened the Media Centre, part of a £130
million development funded under the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) initiative. The Media Centre provides impressive
facilities for courses in broadcast journalism, television
production, professional writing, journalism, broadcasting,
English with media studies, English with creative writing
and film studies.
University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the
CUC, a unique initiative to promote regional economic regeneration
through higher education. The CUC is funded mainly by the
European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development
Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England,
with support from Cornwall County Council.
The College has over 2000 students and two campuses: the
historic Woodlane in Falmouth; and Tremough near Penryn, which
is shared - in a collaboration that is unique in the UK -
with the University of Exeter. Founded in 1902, University
College Falmouth gained the power to award degrees in its
own name in 2004 and was granted the status and title of University
College in 2005. It is the only degree-awarding body in Cornwall.
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