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University College Falmouth is now officially Falmouth University

By WBgdavies  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

Professor Anne Carlisle

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University College Falmouth's bid to be granted full university status has been officially approved by The Privy Council, clearing the way for it to become Cornwall's first university.

Officials have also approved the new name Falmouth University, which takes immediate effect and a new visual identity will be launched next spring.

The new status follows a recommendation to the Privy Council from the universities and science Minister David Willetts two weeks ago that Falmouth be granted university title following its application in the summer.

University status is seen as a hallmark of quality in the higher education sector. It will not only boost Falmouth and Cornwall's appeal, but will further Falmouth's ambition to become one of the top five arts universities in the world.

Falmouth University's vice chancellor and chief executive, Professor Anne Carlisle, said: "We are delighted to have received notice from the Privy Council that our applications for university title and new name have been officially approved.

"This is the culmination of many years' work by a great number of people and means that Cornwall has a university it can call its own. We will use this as a springboard to build on the excellence of our teaching and facilities, and further our goal to be one of the top five arts universities in the world."

Over the last 10 years Falmouth has seen student numbers triple to more than 4,000 and has benefitted from more than £100 million of investment in world class facilities at its two campuses in Falmouth and nearby Penryn.

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  • jimjams2011  |  December 14 2012, 9:03PM

    The question is will Falmouth University now start to offer more vocational courses like they do at plymouth to help enable our cornish youth to get jobs. Its all well and good having all these art students with rich mummy and daddy's that will never have to get a job, but the majority of our cornish folk don't have the luxury of not working for a living. (those on dss excepted)

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  • bissoeboy  |  December 14 2012, 2:28PM

    So they should pay disproportionately higher wages just to be nice? They have a duty to be as cost effective as any private business, if not more so.

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  • caroclemens  |  December 14 2012, 12:57PM

    In answer to Bissoe Boy, the point is that Falmouth University has received very large public funds which are intended for regeneration of the local economy. This article specifically highlights some them. Whilst the wages they offer reflect the going rates locally, we might expect them to do a little better and feel morally obliged, as well as satisfied, to do so. Improving local circumstances is the basis upon which they have been funded and this is particulary true of Objective One money. If this were a struggling private business I would understand.

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  • bissoeboy  |  December 14 2012, 10:33AM

    @caroclemens thanks very much but what's your point and how is it relevant to this article?

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  • JJLee  |  December 14 2012, 10:26AM

    What on earth are you going on about Dave, I asked Carol a simple question taking into account the true nature of the circumstances, Cornwall pays the least FACT live with it and climb back in the pram

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  • josdave  |  December 14 2012, 9:55AM

    Everyone deserves to be paid a living wage for working and just because Cornwall is the lowest waged area in the country does not excuse offering low wages to anyone. In fact we need more as we have the highest utility rates in the country thanks to this privatisation policy of successive governments. We have the lowest subsidies for public transport which affects our rural areas and travel to anywhere in the country involves more expense because of our location. To those who say "Why don't you move?" I say "Why should we have to?"

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  • JJLee  |  December 14 2012, 8:09AM

    And how much do you believe is a living wage for unskilled labour in the poorest part of Britain for unskilled labour? Just laugh at the shreks clicking arrows they dream of earning so much but hate the thought of giving up the benefits and Council housing. In my opinion that is just above market rates, but as I earn significantly more I only base this on what I know my Neighbours earn now they have had to lower expectations

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  • caroclemens  |  December 13 2012, 6:21PM

    Since several people appreciated my last message, here's another ad from the University of Falmouth's site, today: Food Service Assistant £13,030 - £14,164 per annum 37.5 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, 5 out of 7 days Hope you like this one too.

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  • caroclemens  |  December 13 2012, 5:24PM

    ESI Porter £12,966 - £14,093 per annum 37.5 hours per week Job ad from November 2012. = £100 million of investment in world class facilities.

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  • caroclemens  |  December 13 2012, 11:40AM

    Good news but I note that they still pay near minimum wages to some of their non-academic staff.