College celebrates close partnership with university
Cornwall College furniture studies lecturers Stewart Jenkins
and Richard Buckingham have shown off their fine craftsmanship
this week by presenting the University of Plymouth with a
new ceremonial mace. The mace was commissioned by the Dean
of the University of Plymouth Colleges, Dr Ian Tunbridge.
"The mace was originally a medieval weapon which
was relegated to a ceremonial role as long range weapons were
developed," said head of furniture studies, Owain
Harris. "We now we see it as a symbol of the very
close partnership we have with the University of Plymouth.
It's been a great challenge to create this mace, which
can now be used as part of our formal cap and gown graduation
ceremony at Truro Cathedral."
The mace is made from ash donated by the Lost Gardens of
Heligan, who work very closely with the furniture studies
department at Cornwall College Camborne. It will be used at
a host of graduation ceremonies across the South West for
all of the further education colleges that are a part of the
University of Plymouth's Faculty of Partner Colleges.
"There are two reasons why we commissioned this
piece," said Ian Tunbridge of the University of
Plymouth. "The first is a very practical requirement,
as often we can get double booked for graduations and ideally
every ceremony would like their graduation procession led
with a ceremonial mace; it makes it more formal, official
and enjoyable for the students who graduate. More importantly
though, I see it as a statement about the University of Plymouth's
Partner Colleges, we cover everything you could possibly wish
to study across the group. It's fantastic that one of
our partners has the skills and facilities to produce a new
mace themselves and who better to do so than Cornwall College,
our biggest and longest standing partner."
The mace will lead the Cornwall College graduation procession
on November 4th at Truro Cathedral, to which over 600 graduating
students have been invited. It is set to be the largest graduation
ceremony the College has seen since its partnership with the
University of Plymouth started, with graduates collecting
degrees, foundation degrees and certificates.
CEO and Principal of Cornwall College, John Latham added:
"We've come a long way since we joined forces
with the University of Plymouth to provide higher education
courses in Cornwall. What started as a small offering of several
HNCs has now become over 100 university courses from foundation
degrees to postgraduate study at our campuses across Cornwall.
As part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative
we have also seen a major investment in new facilities and
resources for our degree students which will help support
the continued growth of our higher education provision in
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The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2 through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF). Cornwall College is a partner in the CUC.
Cornwall College has eight campus sites in Cornwall, including
Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School and offers the widest
range of academic and vocational courses in the county, including
higher education from teacher training to masters programmes.
Cornwall College is the only college in the south west to
offer some unique degree qualifications including a BA(Hons)
in Counselling, BSc(Hons) in Social Work plus very specialised
foundation degrees for business and industry such as Lean
Manufacturing and Processing and Public Sector Business.
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