Tremough Campus Review

Introduction

The Tremough Campus is a relatively new university campus located just outside of the Cornish town of Penryn in Cornwall, England. The campus itself is shared between two universities - the University of Exeter and University College Falmouth. I have spent almost three years studying at this campus, and so I feel I am able to give a good explanation of it along with my own review.

Why was this location chosen?

Unbeknown to many people, Cornwall is one of the poorest regions in the UK. In fact there is so much poverty that it was one of the only English region that was able to qualify for European Union Objective One funding. As such it was possible to get some money from the EU to improve higher education provision within the county. University College Falmouth had purchased the site of the old Tremough convent school and so they decided that this would be a good location for the new campus. In addition, Exeter University already had a higher education presence within Cornwall through Camborne School of Mines so this institution decided to join University College Falmouth in pursuing the option of getting EU funding for a new campus at Tremough.

Phase One

Phase One was the first part of the campus to be built by 2004. This included the first part of Glasney Parc which is the on-site student accommodation along with various teaching and other facilities.  The original Glasney Parc is the buildings which stradle the road along the left side of the picture below.

The largest building of this phase has since been renamed the Daphne du Maurier after the Cornish author. This building is very large and is spread across the side of a hill and is th large building in the background of the below photo. This leads to an interesting effect as at one end of the building there is one storey, yet down the other end there are four stories! This building contains a number of features. It has a couple of lecture theatres, and many seminar rooms all of which are wi-fi enabled throughout and have the latest in audio-visual equipment. The main campus library is located here, along with computer facilities, both of which have very generous opening times of approximately 9am-12am although at certain times of the year both of these become 24 hour.

This building also contains many course specific areas such as the design centre which hosts University College Falmouth design based courses such as 3D Design and Garden Design. This building also contains the University of Exeter academic departments for the bioscience, renewable energy, geology and mining engineering undergraduate courses, which all have dedicated labs.

The Daphne du Maurier building also contains social areas which are shared between both institutions. These include the stannary which is a two storey area; the ground floor of which is used as a canteen and the upper level as a bar. However, this area can be used flexibly and so this space is used for big events such as Jack Johnson, Zane Lowe and Pendulum who have all played at this location.

The Media Centre is an adjacent building which is used primarily by University College Falmouth as it contains a large cinema, as well as broadcasting and other facilities and it is also home to the campus radio station.

Another adjacent building is Tremough House and other buildings. This is where the student union is based (the FXU), along with various other support services including counselling and careers. Tremough House is where the old convent was based and so there is a chapel which has now been converted into a new lecture theatre. Tremough House itself is older and contains mostly administrative staff now. Outside this building there are old ornamental gardens which are still maintained and so are very popular with students and staff alike when the weather is fine.

Picture of Tremough from the air.  Picture courtesy of Penryn Chamber of Commerce.
Picture of Tremough from the air. Picture courtesy of Penryn Chamber of Commerce.

Phase Two

After the initial success of phase one it was decided by the institutions that they would try to get further European Union funding for a second stage of building (so called phase two). This funding was granted, and by summer 2007 phase two had been completed. Phase two contained two main parts.

Firstly it included further accommodation units (so called Glasney Parc 2), which for simplicity were virtually identical to the older building. This provided a further 300 rooms, in addition to the existing 500. This is shown bythe buildings to the right of the original Glasney Parc on the above picture.

Secondly there was an increase in academic space. This is contained within the Peter Lanyon building (named after the famous Cornish artist). This building is split into two parts, and is shown by the zig-zag shaped building above. One section is for University College Falmouth and contains such academic departments as photography and broadcasting. The second section is used by the University of Exeter Cornwall Campus and contains several new academic departments. These are law, geography, English, history, politics and Cornish studies. Once again there are shared areas between both institutions - a further four lecture theatres, many seminar rooms and computer areas. Finally a Multiuse Games Area of MUGA for short was included and this is basically an astroturf like area form sports like football and hockey and this is shown in the construction phase by the large circular area towards the centre of the photograph.

After large interest in the campus over the preceding two years, it was decided that the on-site accommodation would need to be increased further and so Glasney 2b was constructed for the summer of 2009 and this has been built on the green space adjacent to Glasney 2 and the MUGA.

Future Developments

Despite the lareg amount of growth from nothing in less than 10 years there are plans to increase the size of the campus further.

Following the takeover of Dartington College of Performing Arts by University College Falmouth it has been decided that there is the need for a performing arts centre which will be added over the next few years.

The University of Exeter also has plans to expand, taking advantage of it's leading knowledge of the renewable energy and conservation areas by establishing an environment and sustainability centre on site.

To cater for this growth in the academic areas there will need to be an increase in the provision of on-site accommodation, and support services, and this is also in the masterplan. There are also well developed plans for an innovation centre to be set-up on site to help the growth of spin-off companies. 

The surrounding area

Whilst it would be possible to never leave the campus if living in Glasney Parc, it is extremely likely that at least sometimes students will leave the campus. This is particularly true of students outside of their first year, as then they tend ot live off campus.

The nearest settlement to Tremough is Penryn. Penryn is a small town, with limited facilities but is non-the-less a relatively popular area for students to live. There is a large ASDA and B&Q, which are also situated very close to the campus, and can be walked in about 15 minutes. Alternatively, ASDA provide a free bus from Tremough for those who wish to shop at ASDA. Aside from this there is a small high-street in Penryn which contains a small convenience store, a branch of Lloyds and a branch of Barclays banks, a post office, as well as pharmacies, sandwich shops, chips shops, charity shops and various art and design shops.

Linked to Penryn is the much larger town of Falmouth. Falmouth is one of the largest settlements in Cornwall, and whilst never being able to match the facilities of a major city it does have considerable facilities. Falmouth is where the majority of students live, partly due to it being the traditional student area from when there was only University College Falmouth in the area and also it is a larger town with more going on. The centre of town is approximately 15 minutes away on the subsidised bus service (currently 40p from Tremough to Falmouth) and the buses are relatively frequent, running at least every 10 minutes. Bus timetables for number 2 which runs from Penzance to Falmouht via Tremough, number 41 which runs from Camborne/Troon to Falmouth via Tremough, number 68 which runs from Tremough to Falmouth and number 88 which runs from truro to Falmouth. The numbers 2 and 41 are quickest and so I would recommend these, the 68 takes a very longs time (but not the 68A).

There are a number of supermarkets in Falmouth - Co-op, Lidl, Iceland and two Tescos as well as a branch of every major UK bank. There are a number of other shops, from clothing such as Peacocks, New Look and Dorothy Perkins through to hardware stores including Trago Mills. It is worth noting that Falmouth is a relatively large sea-side town in Cornwall and so also contains many surfing/surf-clothing based shops. In addition, the Fal estuary is one of the major UK sites for sailing, and so some upmarket sailing companies also have a presence. There are a handful of clubs, and many pubs/bars, and as would be expected for a major tourist town many restaurants and hotels. Falmouth is also famous for it's beaches, which are reltively near to the centre of town, and these are a draw for students particularly when the weather is nice. Finally, since Falmouth is a Cornish sea-side town there are a large number of both chip shops and pasty shops!

The nearest city to Tremough is Truro, and this can be accessed by train, bus or car. It is about 15 minutes by train, but longer for car and even longer by bus as this goes via several villages. However, the train is both cheaper than the bus, and quicker, so this is the mode of transport I would recommend. Within Truro there are the wide array of shops that can be found in any UK city, as well as some smaller independent shops. There are probably more venues for night-time entertainment in Truro, and so this can provide some variation to the clubs in Falmouth.

Further afield there is much to do. Obviously as this is Cornwall there are a lot of watersports, especially surfing. However there are also lots of onshore activities. These include hiking and conservation, as well as all the normal sports such as rugby, cricket and football.

Getting to Tremough

It is possible to get to Tremough in several ways. A map of Tremough, as well as the local area can be found by clicking here. When looking at this map in satellite view none of the new buildings can be seen - this is due to the Google maps being slightly old.

As it is a green campus the use of public transport is actively encouraged. The campus is only about 5-10 minutes walk away from Penryn railway station, and is well signed from here. There is however a relatively large number of steps to climb so if disbaled or with a lot of baggage it may be worth getting a bus or taxi. This is on the Maritime Line branch line, which runs from Truro to Falmouth. Truro is served by trains from a wide variety of locations, including London Paddington. At present there can be a wait of over an hour in Truro, although this problem is being rectified somewhat by work being carried out on the Maritime Line to increase the frequency of trains which run on it. Further information on train times and costs can be found on the National Rail website.

It is also possible to drive to the campus, with some pay and display car parking available on site (although for events this charge is sometimes waived). If approaching from outside of Cornwall, follow the A30 from the M5 southwards. Turn off the A30 onto the A39 towards Truro and Falmouth. Continue on this road through Truro. Follow this road towards Falmouth after exiting Falmouth. There will be several roundabouts on the way, just continues to follow the signs to Falmouth. Straight after passing the two wind turbines at Roskrow Barton (they will be on the right) there should be a roundabout. Turn left at this roundabout, signposted Penryn and Tremough, and then take the first right into Tremough.

For those coming from further away the nearest airport is Newquay. If flying into here it is possible to get either a bus, train, hire car or taxi to the campus (but due to the distance a taxi will be expensive). For more information see the airport website.

Personal Opinions

As I have already said I have spent almost 3 years studying at this campus, the first year of which was also spent in the on-site university accommodation.  Due to my course choice there were not many places where I could study it, and yet I really loved the Tremough Campus and so it became my first choice, and in fact I would have probably tried getting on a different course if I had been unsuccessful with my first choice. 

This opinion has not changed since being at the campus.  I have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of my time down here, from the campus itself, to the local region and most importantly the people.  The whole campus and wider community has a very relaxed atmosphere, yet still dedicated to work.  This might be due to the size of the campus, or the courses it offers and therefore the people it attracts, or the location although I would guess it is a combination of all three.  I would definately recommend studying at the Tremough Campus. 

As I mentioned previously this is only intended to be the briefest of introductions, however if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me using the comment box below.

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BrianS 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

Nice informative hub, I'm a bit old to be worrying about further education now but I think any prospective student would do well to read this if they are considering which university to attend. Well written.


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BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol Author

Thanks for the compliment! When I started at the Campus there was relatively little information available other than the information produced by the universities which is obviously biased and not necessarily what teh students want to know about. I was fortunate enough to visit the campus, but other people may not be, and as even now there is a lack of suitable information I thought I would create this hub.


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

Lucky you, to be at Uni in Cornwall. As Brian said, nice informative hub and should do ok for external traffic once the search engines pick it up. Strange isn't it, that people who visit Cornwall as holiday-makers often don't realise just how dependant the local economy is on tourism? let's hope that the Uk holiday market is not too badly affected by the recession.


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BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol Author

Yeah it is rather weird. Now that all the mines have closed down Cornwall is fully dependent on the China clay industry, food (particularly pasties!) and tourism. Down here they reckon that the weaker pound etc will mean more toursist coming to Cornwall both because less Brits go abroad and more people come down, so for teh Cornish the recession won't be as bad as elsewhere - well that's their prediction/hope anyway!


Tom Frampton 7 years ago

So what's the social life there, i love the sound of the course and the area and campus sound really good, but I am slightly concerned about the enterntainment facilities in the area and on campus. I realise it won't compare to other unis, but is there always plenty to do with clubs to go to and pubs etc


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BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol Author

Hi Tom. Thanks for commenting and sorry about the delay in replying!

As would be expected the entertainment is unable to compare with areas such as London, Manchester and Bristol. However, there is still a considerable amount to do, despite neither Penryn or Falmouth being cities.

Obviously for a campus in Cornwall many students take advantage of the outdoors, with activities such as surfing and hiking, to name just a few. There are also teams for all of the major sports such as rugby, football and hockey. In addition, Camborne School of Mines takes part in a very historic annual competition known as the Bottle Match against the Royal School of Mines (now part of Imperial College) and students other than those on mining take part in this.

There are also a suprising number of places to go out on a night. These range from traditional Cornish bars/pubs through to clubs. The variety of music to be found is diverse, with virtually every music taste being accounted for at least one time a week at one establishment. Any further questions feel free to ask!


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surfgatinho 7 years ago from Cornwall UK

Hey, I did most of the 360 panoramas for the Tremough campus. Unfortunately I didn't do the post production so the colour balance is pretty bad on one or 2 of them:

http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/374/360-panoramas-19/tre...


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BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol Author

Thats pretty cool Surfgatinho. I am sure those panoramas are viewed by many people when considering which university to choose, especially if they have never been to the Tremough Campus. Thanks for sharing.


Rubin 7 years ago

I am actually from Mauritius and would be coming there for studies. Do you think its worth making the move from Mauritius to there. What should I do if I get hungry late at night or want to buy a pair of jeans or something. Is there any shopping centre over there? What do students do for fun there, just studying?


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BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol Author

Hi Rubin. There is food available on site but this ends. If you get hungry after this time you could go to ASDA which is open 24 hours a day and is located about 15 minutes walk away, or you could get a takeaway. Alternatively you could make sure you have some food within your house and eat that! For more information on shopping see my page Falmouth Shopping: http://hubpages.com/travel/Falmouth-Shopping

There is a lot to do in Falmouth and the surrounding areas. Of course there are pubs and clubs for evenings. In addition, there is lots of surfing etc available due to the large number of beaches around. Alternatively students take part in other activities either organised through the student union or outside it, such as cricket, football, expedition society etc etc.

I hope this answers your question!


Rubin 7 years ago

Thank you very much, mate, for the information, which comes as a relief to me.


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BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol Author

Thats ok Rubin. And if you or anyone else has any questions feel free to ask them.


LarsB 7 years ago

Hi Bristolboy,

Indeed a very informative website about this campus. thank you very much. Do you think you could tell me something about the cultural facilities nearby, at the campus or perhaps in Falmouth? Theatre, cinema. It seems that there is a bit of a lack of this, depite a faculty of arts and design at the campus. Where does one have to go for this? All the way to Plymouth?

Thank you in advance for your answer,

all the best, larsB


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BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol Author

Hi LarsB.

There are several cultural facilities. One of the major such attractions is the Falmouth Poly. This is a large area which is used for plays and other performances and also has an art gallery downstairs. In addition this also has a large screen which is used to show arthouse films. If more mainstream films are your thing a new multi-screen cinema has opened up in Falmouth, which shows the latest films. In addition to this there are a number of art galleries in Falmouth, which have won numerous awards. Finally there are the Princess Pavillions, these have various musical performances.

Further afield, but still in Cornwall there are a large number of other alternative venues and so you will never really need to go to Plymouth. In Truro there is the Hall for Cornwall. This has performances by many musicians, as well as theatre performances. Again there are several art galleries. However, if you really like art then St Ives is a very good place to go. It has the Tate St Ives as well as many other galleries and is well known for being a good place for artists and photographers. The final site which is specifically worth a mention is the Minack Theatre. This is a large open air theatre which is carved into the cliffs overlooking the sea-definately worth visiting at least once. There are numerous other venues throughout Cornwall, but I believe I have covered the main ones here.

Please do not hesitate to make another comment if you have any further questions.

Bristolboy


Malcolm Bonello 7 years ago

Thank you very much for such an informative article.

I am from Malta, and will be coming to Cornwall to read a Master's in Graphic Design at UC Falmouth. I found your article insightful especially for prospective students like me. Looking forward to the coming year in Cornwall, and please do post any other similar articles. Please list any ongoing events, activities and other opportunities for students.


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BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol Author

Thansk for the kind words Malcolm Bonello. I am unsure of the latest events for students since they change so often, but the best place to look is the student union website which is mentioned in the article.


Malcolm 7 years ago

Thank you once again. I will surely do.

I am looking forward to my arrival in Falmouth and Penryn next month - I will be spending a year there and I want to make the best out of it. Thank you, and well done for the site!


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BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol Author

Once again thanks for the positive feedback Malcolm and if you have any more questions please do not hesitate to ask! Good luck with your time in Falmouth!


Si 7 years ago

Hey BristolBoy, I am coming to visit the Tremough Campus next Saturday (10th October) and I was just wondering what the accommodation is like on campus? I also feel that I may need to look at private accommodation just in case there are not enough rooms. Are there many privately rented houses in the area?

Thanks in advance.


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BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol Author

Hey Si. Sorry for the rather late response I realise it is too late for yourself but it may help other people! There is a large amount of accommodation on campus, see the link to Glasney Parc above, however it is generally for people who are students at the campus, not just visitors. If you are after accommodation for short term it may be better going for a hotel or B&B of which there are many in the area and outside of the summer months very good deals can be had. However, there is ample private accommodation in the area, from flats to shared houses, so there should be something for everyone!


Will 7 years ago

Hi, thanks for all the information. I've been down to visit the campus twice already, and i really liked it! I am interested in studying Renewable Energies, but was wondering if there it is possible to study another language (french, which i had to dropp after GCSE's) in evening classes anywhere etc? Also, are there many people on campus; would you describe it as a lively atmosphere..?

Thanks a lot, Will


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BristolBoy 6 years ago from Bristol Author

Hi Will. Firstly let me apologise for taking so long to reply to your comment - I have been rather busy with my job! I enjoyed the Tremough Campus and in fact did renewable energy myself! There are options to study other languages, but they are generally run as evening classes affiliated to the students union etc. Also when I was there it was quite lively, and since then the university has expanded so I should imagine the atmosphere is even livelier now!


georgeadams1991 6 years ago

HI, I'm currently in the application process for Uni, and have an offer from falmouth for renewable energies. Its a toss up between this and exeter for geography. I like the idea of this course, as its a growing area and vocational, however im unsure about the social side of things compared to exter and also looking at the course content, there seems to be an incredible amount of work on mechanics and mathematics which could be a problem seeing as i didn't do maths and not really a fan. Is this true that it is very heavily mathematical based? Is it a very time consuming course? and finally, what's your job after completeing the degree? Was it easy to become employed? Good pay? lol sorry if sounding a bit cheeky. Cheers, George


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BristolBoy 6 years ago from Bristol Author

Hi George Adams. I am guessing when you say Falmouth for renewable energy you mean the University of Exeter Cornwall Campus. I won't lie to you, there was a fair amount of maths. In terms of amount of work there was quite a bit to do (regarded as one of the most time consuming courses on the Tremough Campus). However, it was worth it because I know people on other courses who had and still have trouble getting decent jobs 6+ months after graduating. I on the other hand got a well paid job straight away and I think everyone else on the course who wanted one got one as well so the time put in is worth the effort.


fostersiobhan@hotmail.com 5 years ago

I went to Tremough when it was a convent boarding school. Spent 5 years there 1960-64 inclusive. It was home to me so I am very excited to see it is a university now, wow! I remember going in the big front door of the main house many times! And the big dining room, chapel etc. I moved to Australia in 1964 and have only been back to Tremough once in 1976, it was still run by the nuns, Les Filles de la Croix. Looking forward to visiting once again, maybe in about 2012. I found your website only because buying lunch yesterday I spoke with a girl in Melbourne, Australia who was from UK and went to Tremough! Couldn't believe it!! Small world. Wish you all the best luck, Siobhan Foster


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BristolBoy 5 years ago from Bristol Author

Siobhan Foster thanks for commenting. I hope this article proved to be informative as to what the Tremough Campus is like now. You will be pleased to know many of the old buildings remain!


Sarah Phippen 5 years ago

Hi Bristol Boy...great review of the campus...I'm glad to see you enjoyed the university... I also went to Tremough Convent as a boarder from 1981 to 1991 and pretty much hated every day of it!! Made some great friends, but it was very strict, many of the nuns were not the "Christians" they sold themselves as (except for the kitchen staff, who I'd go to for a cuddle!! I was only 7 when I started!!) and I have a lot of not very good memories from those days....but having read your review I am glad to see it has been transformed into a place that people want to attend...it was always a beautiful site, with lovely historic gardens...I'm glad to see they still exist. I hope to go back next year for a reunion, where I will see the tranformation...you never know, my own children may even end up there one day!! Thanks again for the review...regards, Sarah Phippen.


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BristolBoy 4 years ago from Bristol Author

Thanks for commenting Sarah!

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