CUC Graduate Careers Fair – 'A Soaring Success'
Attendance at Cornwall's first ever graduate careers
fair surpassed all expectations. Over 750 students and graduates
gathered at the Tremough campus in Penryn yesterday for the
Combined Universities in Cornwall Graduate Careers Fair.
Jon Christie, Senior Careers Adviser at the Tremough campus
was delighted with the event: "Being the first fair
of its kind, we just didn't know whether we would get
a respectable turnout. At the event we had students and graduates
queuing up to get in by the time the doors opened at 11 o'clock.
One of the really exciting things I picked up from talking
to people on the day was the enthusiasm many of attendees
had for working in Cornwall, or for starting up their own
The fair's 49 exhibitors were a mixture of household
names such as the BBC and Ginsters, rubbing shoulders with
specialist local businesses like Cubert-based chartered patent
attorneys NJ Akers & Co and Truro-based Elderworld, which
provides products and services in the care sector. Julie Ribbons,
National Resourcing Manager for the NHS, was typical in her
enthusiasm for the event, commenting: "We have had
some very interesting potential applicants for the scheme.
This has been a good, fun event and we have been very well
University of Plymouth graduate, Graham Yard, from Perranporth
found the event extremely useful, commenting, "As
a graduate living in Cornwall, it was great to be able to
attend an event like this without having to travel out of
county. Unlike the larger national fairs, there were a lot
of local companies with vacancies in Cornwall – not
just the big firms offering work in London! I was surprised
at the number of high-profile employers that attended, which
reflects the value they place on the graduate market in Cornwall."
Nigel Hewitt, Acting CUC Coordinator said: "The
fair was a soaring success and clearly emphasised the importance
of the work Combined Universities in Cornwall has been able
to do with the support of Objective One and the Government.
This kind of event simply would not have been possible in
Cornwall until very recently. Now we are producing students
with the skills employers want, and we're helping those
who want to stay in Cornwall to prosper here and to create
wealth in the county."
The organisers are already discussing the possibility of
making the CUC Careers Fair a regular fixture in Cornwall's
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and Communications Officer at the Combined Universities 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).
The Combined Universities in Cornwall is a dynamic and visionary
partnership that is one of the driving forces behind Cornwall's
economic 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
The CUC initiative has been invested in by the Objective One
Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the South
West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council
and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
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