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University College Falmouth celebrates record number of graduates

A record number of students will graduate from University College Falmouth this week, with 645 artists, designers and media practitioners attending the six graduation ceremonies at the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 June.

This is the first year since the College was granted the powers to award its own degrees that all students will graduate in University College Falmouth's colours of white and Cornish gold.

The students will receive BA(Hons) degrees in Broadcasting, Contemporary Crafts, English with Creative Writing, English with Media Studies, Film Studies, Fine Art, Garden Design: Arts & Environment, Graphic Design, History of Modern Art & Design, Illustration, Journalism, Photography, Spatial Design: Interior & Landscape, Textile Design and 3D Design for Sustainability; Postgraduate Diplomas in Creative Advertising; Postgraduate Diplomas/MAs in Broadcast Journalism, Professional Writing and Television Production; and MAs in Contemporary Visual Arts, Illustration: Authorial Practice, Interactive Art & Design, Photography: Critical Practice and 20th Century Art & Design: Histories & Theories.

The Guests of Honour will be Professor Stewart Purvis and Professor Brian Webb on Thursday and Sir Christopher Frayling on Friday.

Professor Stewart Purvis has had an unrivalled career in the world of broadcast news. He spent over 31 years at ITN, where he began as a newsroom journalist and served both as Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief.

The winner of two British Academy and two Royal Television Society awards for his production of the live coverage of the Papal tours of Britain and Poland and the return of the Falklands Task Force, he became Professor of Television Journalism at City University in London upon his retirement in 2003 and now divides his time between academia, media commentary and consultancy for broadcasters.

Professor Brian Webb is Past President of the Chartered Society of Designers and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has received over 100 design awards and produced several books on British artist designers.

With Webb and Webb Design Ltd, his varied client list includes the Royal Mail, London Transport, British Airways and the Foreign Office. His projects have included corporate identity, promotional literature, postage stamps, environmental graphics and exhibition design.

Rector and Professor of the Royal College of Art in London, Sir Christopher Frayling founded the RCA's Department of Cultural History and established pioneering postgraduate courses.

An historian, critic and awarding-winning radio and television broadcaster, he has published sixteen books on visual culture, history and design, and received his knighthood in 2000 for services to art and design education.

He has held public posts with the Millennium Dome and the Victoria and Albert Museum, has been Chairman of the Design Council and is currently Chairman of the Arts Council England.

University College Falmouth is also proud to confer Honorary Fellowships upon the first of the Leach Pottery's apprentices, William Marshall, for his contribution to ceramics, author of 'The Worst Witch', Jill Murphy, for her contribution to children's literature, Stella Benjamin for her contribution to weaving and artist Michael Porter for his contribution to the artistic and cultural development of Cornwall.

For further information please contact Jilly Easterby, Head of Public Affairs, University College Falmouth, on 01326 211077 or email

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). University College Falmouth is a partner of the CUC.


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