CUC marks ten years

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Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) has marked its tenth anniversary with the launch of the CUC Advisory Forum.

The forum is a new initiative bringing together the leaders of the six universities and colleges in the CUC partnership with key figures in local government, business, community and regeneration.

It is designed to help ensure that CUC’s ambitions for the future continue to reflect Cornwall’s wider aspirations. It is is chaired by Professor Wendy Purcell, vice-chancellor of the University of Plymouth and chair of the CUC steering group.

Dr Sue Brownlow, CUC director, commented: “I think that the many, many people who helped to get CUC off the ground can look back with great pride on what has been achieved in ten short years. A decade ago, asking the universities and colleges in the partnership to join together to improve Cornwall’s fortunes was a colossal gamble. Today the new model of university education we pioneered is held up across Europe as a shining example of how education can be used as a catalyst for economic regeneration.”

Theo Leijser, the South West RDA’s area director for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, added: “In ten short years the CUC has evolved into a major Higher Education force in the South West. It has a crucial role to play now and in the future to help businesses turn knowledge and ideas into commercial success and address the skills needs of businesses in Cornwall.”