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CUC lecture highlights education partnerships

The Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) is hosting a lecture by Professor Ann Shelton Mayes, Dean of School of Education at The University of Northampton, on the challenges of building and maintaining effective partnerships between university-level and further education institutions. The lecture takes place at the Tremough campus in Penryn at 6.30pm on the evening of May 25th. This talk is part of the CUC Education Lecture series, which seeks to promote debate on education issues by attracting nationally renowned figures in the field to speak in the region. There is no charge for tickets (which must be requested in advance) and the event is open to all.

Partnership working is of particular importance in Cornwall, where the CUC initiative has enabled a major expansion of university-level education by bringing together all the higher education providers serving Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, including the further education colleges (Cornwall College, Truro College and Penwith College), which deliver university-level courses, awarded by the University of Plymouth.

Professor Shelton Mayes was formerly a deputy head in a secondary comprehensive school and Director of Initial Teacher Training Programmes at the Open University. Her teaching career in higher education has focused on teacher education and she has published in the area of distance education, mentoring, professional standards, initial teacher training and early professional development. She has been involved in international projects in Africa and the USA, developing flexible learning approaches for teacher education.

To request tickets for the CUC Education Lecture, please contact Morwenna Foy in the CUC PR & Communications office by email at or by telephone on 01326 370446.

For further information please contact David Kirk in the CUC PR and Communications office on 01326 370471 or email:

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).


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 programme 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 programme 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.


Clare Morgan
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