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Falmouth University

Falmouth University

Falmouth University has a history of more than 100 years of creative thinking and design innovation.

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, the fastest growing sector in the UK economy. Now, as we face the fourth industrial revolution; as technology provides great opportunities as well as challenges, it’s clear that Falmouth’s specialisms of creative innovation; creative thinking, problem solving, communication and storytelling, will be key to future economic and cultural success both at a local and global level.

The University has recently experienced a period of rapid growth, its on-campus student population tripling in size since 2001 to nearly 5300 students today. These students study on two campuses in Falmouth and Penryn.

As well as the courses that are delivered on-campus in Cornwall, Falmouth also provides groundbreaking online distance learning and exciting collaborative partnerships with industry-leading bodies including WaterBear in Brighton and the Fashion Retail Academy in London.

The Raising Aspirations Programme

Our Raising Aspirations programme is designed to support high quality creative provision in schools and colleges across the UK.
The programme offers a wide range of activities and opportunities to raise aspirations and educational achievement among students from under-represented groups, supporting and informing progression into both higher education and creative careers. 
We aim to build unique relationships with our partner schools and will work with you to understand the individual priorities and challenges facing your institution and students. 


From workshops about creative careers to campus visits and presentations on student finance, we offer a range of activities to inspire your students and support them along their journey into higher education. We can offer a planned portfolio of activity or collaborate with education providers and charities to create a tailored plan based on individual needs. 
Many of our activities can enhance curriculums by helping you to meet your wider priorities in relation to raising aspiration and achievement. They can also contribute to the achievement of the Gatsby benchmarks that form part of the Government’s Careers Strategy. 

Sessions to support academic curriculums, delivered by university staff in your settings or on the Falmouth campuses.

A range of activity that explores and builds Aspiration, Access, Achievement, Affordability and Awareness of higher education, offered across Y7 to Y13.

We can offer bespoke activities that include academic and practical taster sessions, campus tours and/or residential programmes.

We offer sessions focusing on career development, higher education pathways, scholarships and enrolment to suit your needs.

Our Raising Aspirations Ambassadors act as role models to provide students with inspiration and information about university life.

Information sessions about higher education are offered for parents, carers and the wider school community.

Supporting students to visit us for Open Days or attend interviews at a regional venue. Financially supporting schools and colleges to visit us at our Falmouth Campuses.

Information, advice and guidance available for staff, students, parents and carers to improve understanding of higher education opportunities and pathways.

Challenging the stereotypical thinking around creative careers; providing portfolio guidance and interview information, advice and support.

‘’Falmouth University’s Raising Aspirations programme seeks to widen participation and improve opportunities for individuals from both underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. We aim to ensure that anyone with talent and potential should be able to study with us through promoting inclusion and advancing equality of opportunity by valuing individual differences and working to continuously diversify local communities. Our flagship programme has been developed with input from teachers and careers advisors to offer high quality opportunities for schools and colleges that can be embedded within your careers programme. We are committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds can consider creative pathways with personal guidance and varied encounters with higher education, in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks. We hope that this programme of opportunity can help improve awareness of higher education opportunities amongst your pupils, whilst contributing to increasing achievement and improving access and affordability.’’

Professor Anne Carlisle OBE 
Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive 
Falmouth University

Contact Us

For more information or to book any activities please contact:-

Anna Richardson- 

Emilie Janman-

Study at Falmouth University