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24.10.06
Top marks for University of Plymouth Colleges

University of Plymouth Colleges (UPC), of which Cornwall College is a part, is delighted to announce that it has received a "Full confidence judgement" by the Quality Assurance Agency – the highest audit honour an academic institution can get.

Cornwall College, along with other further education colleges, works in partnership with the University to bring higher education to Cornwall. The funding from Objective One's Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative has brought new facilities, courses and buildings to the College, increasing the numbers of university students enrolled and giving local students a quality university education.

The partnership's good news follows a recent audit from the agency, which is responsible for safeguarding and improving the academic standard and quality of higher education.

Cornwall College's Senior Vice Principal for Planning and Education, Ken Woodcock, warmly welcomes the high calibre endorsement: "This is a fantastic result for Cornwall College. We are pleased to be working with the University of Plymouth on such a successful venture."

Dean of University of Plymouth Colleges, Ian Tunbridge is delighted with the audit report: "This is a wonderful endorsement for UPC and I would like to thank everyone involved – staff and students, for their commitment which has made UPC such a success. The report findings will help UPC to further its excellence in teaching and learning and continue to provide students in the South West with a first class education experience."

For further information please contact Lucy Thornton, HE Marketing Manager at Cornwall College on 01726 226553 or email: lucy.thornton@cornwall.ac.uk.

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.

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Editor's notes:

The University of Plymouth is the community's university, bringing Higher Education to local doorsteps throughout Cornwall, as a member of CUC and by working with partner colleges including Cornwall College, Truro College, Penwith and the NHS. The University of Plymouth is the main provider of health education in Cornwall, has unrivalled expertise in supporting SMEs and is committed to supporting and transforming the Cornish economy.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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