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Partnership announcement

28 April 2006

Plymouth College of Art and Design and the University of Plymouth have concluded their contractual arrangements through the University’s partner college faculty (UPC), and are entering a new phase of their long, working relationship. Both institutions are committed to nurturing and developing the arts in Plymouth and the region.

The move to a more informal partnership will allow Plymouth College of Art and Design to establish complementary ways of developing and validating its arts provision through the National Arts Learning Network of specialist art and design colleges and universities. Both partners are confident that they can work together collaboratively and strategically to ensure that the new relationship allows each organisation to develop its mission fully.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth, Professor Mark Cleary, commented: “Our partner college faculty provides mutual benefits and support for all its members. Although we are sorry to see Plymouth College of Art and Design – our most local member – leave, we would not want wish to constrain any of our partners and recognise the art college’s desire to develop in new ways. We fully intend to maintain a close working relationship, as both our organisations are committed to nurturing a flourishing arts provision in Plymouth. We wish them every success as they develop their mission.”

Principal of Plymouth College of Art and Design, Lynne Staley Brookes, added: “Plymouth College of Art and Design has worked with the University of Plymouth for some 23 years. During this time the college has developed a distinctive range of high quality higher education degrees with the support of the University. This new phase of partnership emerges from long standing working relationship of these two mature organisations. The college’s extended partnership work with specialist arts colleges and universities will further strengthen the opportunities open for students to study in the city. The college positively welcomes these opportunities and is committed to further strengthening the strong strategic alliance with the University of Plymouth.”

Five hundred and sixty students are currently studying for a University of Plymouth degree at the Plymouth College of Art and Design. The new working arrangements will have no impact on them. They will continue to be fully supported and their studies will be unaffected. They will graduate as planned with a University of Plymouth degree. There are no implications for staff.


For further information please contact the University of Plymouth Press Office on (01752) 588004 or contact the Plymouth College of Art & Design: Carolyn Stoakes, Director of Student Services and Marketing, (01752) 203410 / email:, Louise Kirkwood, Head of Marketing, (01752) 203427 / email:, or Zoe Truss, Marketing Officer: PR and Communications, (01752) 203427 / email:

About Plymouth College of Art and Design
Plymouth College of Art and Design (PCAD) was originally founded as an Art School in the 19th century. The college is one of the few remaining specialist colleges of art and design in the country. The college provides a very wide range of courses in art, design, crafts and media from introductory to degree level, full time and part time, serving the needs of the creative industries sector. Currently some 2,000 students are enrolled at PCAD.

Continuing investment in the college’s estate and technical resources coupled with highly qualified staff ensures that all students have access to a high quality practice based experience enabling them to achieve their full potential. Students enjoy ‘the creative buzz’ that the college offers. The college is recognised for its effective partnership and collaboration for example in widening participation into learning and employer engagement. It is a member of the National Art Learning Network – a Creative Arts Network which brings together the country’s leading Art Colleges with the aim of increasing the range of courses and progression opportunities for students. For further information go to

About the University of Plymouth
The University of Plymouth is consistently ranked as one of the top five modern universities in the UK and is a national leader for teaching excellence. This achievement has helped it to secure an extra £33 million in funding over the next five years. It is one of only two universities to have been awarded seven prestigious National Teaching Fellowships and also demonstrates research of both national and international excellence.

With around 30,000 students (including those who study at partner FE colleges within the University of Plymouth Colleges faculty) it is one of the largest universities in the UK – and proud to retain its reputation for friendliness. With a track record of 'widening participation', business partnerships and vocational courses, it has a high rate of graduate employment and is committed to improving the student experience, demonstrated by significant investment in new facilities. For further information go to: