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02.11.06
New build at Cornwall College Newquay opens

First year students at Cornwall College Newquay are settling in well as the new Centre for Wildlife Education opened its doors for this year's intake on three different Foundation Degrees: Zoological Conservation, Marine Aquaculture and the brand new Wildlife Education and Media course.

The new 800m² teaching block forms part of a £1.3 million project that houses new student facilities, a learning centre and lecture theatre funded by the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative.

Andrew Smart, Head of Cornwall College Newquay, commented: "Once more we have seen an increase in the number of students taking up Foundation Degrees at Cornwall College Newquay. Our new Wildlife Education and Media course has recruited well and we're currently promoting a part-time flexible route on this course. The Marine Aquaculture Foundation Degree and the consistently popular Zoological Conservation course have both exceeded expectations too. All of our courses at Newquay are approved by the University of Plymouth."

Many of the students are now taking up work placements at the College's partners, Newquay Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium. As the year progresses, some students will also spend time at the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow.

John Latham, Principal and CEO of Cornwall College, commented, "Newquay is a thriving campus which benefits from the close links it has formed with industry, especially with Newquay Zoo and Blue Reef Aquarium. These links are vital in order to give our students the work placements they need to bring their courses to life. This 'hands on' experience may also give them an edge over other candidates, when they start looking for work. Cornwall College Newquay is a great place to study; staff work hard to ensure the College is a friendly place to study."

For further information please contact Rozanne Wakeling on 01209 722167 or rozanne.wakeling@duchy.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 of the CUC.

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Editor's notes:

Cornwall College is one of the largest colleges in the country, offering a great choice of degrees and foundation degrees in a fantastic environment. Courses are validated by the University of Plymouth and are developed in partnership with employers.

The College is part of the multi-million pound Combined Universities in Cornwall project, which is investing in new buildings, resources and campus facilities.

Cornwall College is the only College in the South West to hold 4 'Centre of Vocational Excellence' Awards:

• Centre of Vocational Excellence – Tourism, Customer Care
• Centre of Vocational Excellence – IT Systems
• Centre of Vocational Excellence – Marine Engineering & Technology
• Centre of Vocational Excellence – Food & Drink Technology

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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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