Cornwall's graduates celebrate
Hundreds of graduates filled Truro Cathedral to celebrate
the results of their hard work with Cornwall College. The
graduates, who came from all over Cornwall, were awarded degrees,
foundation degrees and university certificates during the
two ceremonies held this month.
The celebrations highlighted the impact that the Objective
One Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative has had on
Cornwall College and the region's students.
Collecting her award for Cornwall College Student of the
Year at the graduation ceremony was Michelle Spillane-Smith,
who graduated with a distinction in the Zoological Conservation
Foundation Degree, which she studied at Cornwall College Newquay.
"It's a very close knit campus at Newquay,"
explained Michelle. "The course provided great opportunities
to gain experience and further knowledge in this specialised
field. My time there helped me realise my true future ambitions
and I loved every minute!"
Michelle's tutor, Rebecca Allen, who nominated her
for the award, commented, "It's been a real
pleasure to teach Michelle. She has been one of our outstanding
students, helpful to others, producing excellent assignments
and taking an active role in student life - we wish her all
the best for the future."
Recognised as the College's University of Plymouth
Student of the Year for 2006 was Susan Uglow from Launceston,
who graduated with a distinction from the Health and Community
Studies Foundation Degree. "I was really surprised
at what I was able to achieve," Susan said. "I
wanted to improve my skills in information technology and
academic writing, but what I've really enjoyed on the
course is the research in my own chosen area of interest in
Susan undertook the course while working as a support worker
for an organisation which supports people with learning disabilities,
and she is now deputy manager at the unit. "Despite
the other demands on Susan's time, she was always an
active participant throughout the course," enthused
Judith Mann, who taught Susan at Cornwall College and nominated
her for the award. "She supported other students
and showed great commitment to her studies. She is thoroughly
deserving of this award." Susan is now continuing
her studies by progressing to the one-year degree in Health
and Social Care Management at Cornwall College, to top-up
her Foundation Degree to a full Honours Degree.
Cornwall College, as a partner of the University of Plymouth
Colleges Faculty, has grown significantly in recent years
with investment from the Combined Universities in Cornwall
initiative, which has brought new university courses, buildings
and facilities for university students across the region.
This year the College's higher education enrolments
increased by over 15%, compared with a national drop of around
4%, bringing student numbers to their highest ever.
"Congratulations to all those collecting their
awards," said John Latham, CEO and Principal of
Cornwall College. "This is my first graduation ceremony
at Cornwall College and it's hugely encouraging to see
so many people benefiting from the expansion of university
education in Cornwall."
Many of Cornwall College's university courses are validated
by the University of Plymouth. Representing the University
at the ceremony was Dr Ian Tunbridge, Dean of University of
Plymouth Colleges and Dr Dave Stephenson, Director of Academic
Planning and Development.
"It's excellent to see so many local people
celebrating with their families and friends here today,"
said Dr Tunbridge. "This was a very memorable
occasion for all those who took part and I'd like to
wish all those who received their awards success and happiness
in their future careers."
For further information please contact Lucy Thornton at Cornwall
College on 01726 226553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 is a key partner in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall initiative, an Objective One project bringing
millions of pounds of investment to Cornwall to improve university
opportunities for local people.
Cornwall College is also a partner of the University of Plymouth
Colleges faculty. The University validates many of the College's
courses, and the two institutions have worked together for
more than 25 years.
Cornwall College offers over 100 university level courses
throughout Cornwall, across its seven main campuses (in St
Austell, Newquay, Camborne, Saltash, Falmouth Marine School,
Duchy College Stoke Climsland and Duchy College Rosewarne).
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