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University of Cornwall News

2nd October 1997

The following article appeared in today's The Cornishman:

University: More time needed claim

By Joyce Channon
Chief Reporter

THE rejection of the Cornwall University project's bid for cash by the Millennium Commission, has resulted in another potential backer saying it needs more time to decide.

Uncertainty still surrounds the Penzance University scheme with a crucial meeting on Tuesday deciding to defer a decision on a £10 million award until further information has been received. At the meeting of a European monitoring committee which gave £10 million towards the Eden Millennium project - members put back until February a decision on the £10 million bid for the proposed University of Cornwall.

The scheme has already been rejected by the Millennium Commission, and now Exeter University is being asked to provide more details on where the rest of the funding would come from and how the campus, earmarked for Trereife, Penzance, would boost the region's economy.

Exeter University is bidding for £10 million from the European Development Fund towards developing a £30m 'scaled down' campus at Penzance. On Monday, Exeter University Vice-Chancellor Sir Geoffrey Holland, describing Tuesday's meeting of the monitoring committee as "crucial", had said if the response was a negative one, it was difficult to see how the project could proceed.

Following the meeting spokesman for Exeter University said of the deferment: "it was certainly on the cards from our discussions that the decision would be deferred. We remain optimistic and hope we will soon get a positive decision."

A spokesman for the Government Office for the South West said: "The Eden grant application will now go to the European Commission for final approval. We hope the backers of University of Comwall are not disappointed. The committee expressed its support for the plan. The decision by the Millennium Commission not to award the project money is what has caused deferment. But any private backers of the campus can take confidence from the fact that there is this £10 million available for the project." The University Council will meet in December to review the position and decide whether to press ahead with the project.

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