Charlie Ellis, lobser

Charlie Ellis

The programme worked closely with many local businesses.

About the CUC Research Programme

The Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) Research Programme promoted research closely aligned with the needs of local enterprise and built on areas of special interest to Cornwall’s economic growth.

The programme developed opportunities for postgraduate research students in Cornwall to work collaboratively with local businesses.

The CUC Research Programme funded: 

In addition a complementary collaborative research development, known as the Legacy Programme, ran alongside the research projects to enhance research capacity in CUC partners, particularly in the non-research intensive institutions.

The £6 million project was part-financed by the European Union, with £4.5 million from the European Social Fund (ESF) Convergence programme.

Partners on the project included the University of Exeter, Falmouth University, Plymouth University, the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (part of the University of Exeter), Cornwall College and Truro and Penwith College.

The programme embedded the themes of gender equality and equal opportunity and sustainable development in its work.

Sustainable development

The project partners were committed to sustainable development and recognising their responsibility to ensure financially sound, environmentally and socially responsible operational practices in all project activities.

This was achieved through:

  • The skills and knowledge the graduates developed and put into practice.
  • The research and exchange of knowledge through business and community engagement.
  • Institutional strategies and operations.

Gender equality and equal opportunities

The programme promoted high level skills and training opportunities to all and encouraged participation from historically disadvantaged groups and aimed to provide appropriate support mechanisms to ensure that all participants reached their full potential.

Good practice

Cross-cutting themes were monitored and addressed in day-to-day project management practices and the programme also supported a number of postgraduate research projects which aimed to significantly enhance knowledge and understanding of issues around equality and diversity and sustainable development.