Community connections

We strive to embed ourselves as an integral part of our community. We do this through outreach and volunteering, conducting world-class research, and a commitment to improving the Cornish economy.

Investing in the community

We engage and raise the aspirations of thousands of school children by holding outreach events, such as 'Science in the Square'.

We encourage scholarship and engagement by hosting the Excellence Awards and Children’s University.

There are currently 14 students from Cornwall on the Pathways to Law programme which provides opportunities for sixth form students who are interested in law. The programme targets high-achieving students in state schools and colleges who will be the first generation in their family to attend university.

We work with over 80 Widening Participation students from schools in Devon and Cornwall on our Exeter Scholars programme, which provides two years of support prior to their applying to university, and a preferential offer from us if they choose to apply to the University of Exeter.

The Cultural Minds research group has been working with diverse community groups across Cornwall. 600 members of the public have taken part in an experiment, in groups of 10, to investigate how human culture accumulates. 

We were delighted to be sponsoring the Falmouth Spring Festival again this year. It gave us the opportunity to celebrate the start of spring with the rest of the community, and for our students and staff to participate in the town’s activities, especially the spring clean, which always generates a crowd of willing volunteers.

Supporting sport in Cornwall

We are really excited to be sponsoring the Cornwall School Games for the next three years so that more young people in Cornwall can be inspired by PE and school sport. A new collaboration with Cornwall Sports Partnership (CSP) aims to engage young people of all ages and abilities in regular physical activity. We also sponsor local sports teams such as Penryn RFC U15s Rugby team and Penryn Netball U14s Team.

Find out more about our collaboration with Cornwall Sports Partnership and local sports teams.

Local economic impact

Together with our partners we have contributed more than half a billion pounds to the Cornish economy and helped create many high-skilled jobs - one of the the main reasons our local community enjoys the lowest unemployment rates and highest average wages in the Duchy. 

Cutting edge research can benefit regional economies in a number of ways, from working directly with local industry, to creating skilled jobs for residents.>

In one example, the Medical and Environmental Data Mashup Infrastructure (or MEDMI) project has received £1million in funding from the Medical Research Council and Natural Environment Research Council. This multi-institutional research collaboration is being led by the European Centre for Environment and Human Health and is using big data techniques to combine records from medical, environmental and meteorological databases, and search for new links between these factors, wellbeing and health.

As well as bringing significant amounts of research income to the region, this project has led to the creation of a new Senior Database Developer post for programmer, Ceri Whitmore. This type of research is highlighting Cornwall’s capacity as a test bed for new and emerging technologies, as well as developing the skills of its population.

Research that benefits Cornwall

Much of the research taking place at our Penryn and Truro campuses has a direct benefit on the local environment and community.

Our academics at the ESI specialise in environmental sustainability and renewable energy and have delivered many projects that directly benefit local businesses - one example is Dr Maclean's work to produce an app that helps wine growers understand the climate within their vineyards, to get the most from their crops.

Other researchers are working to preserve Cornwall's history for future generations, or coming up with solutions to business problems

From improvements in housing regulations to new methods of engaging children with nature, our research is having a direct impact on the ingenuity of businesses in Cornwall, and improving public health at a national and international level.

Visit our Business pages to find out how our academics and students could help your business.

Publically accessible facilities

Our Penryn campus is free to enjoy for the local community - come and explore our beautiful grounds.

Other facilities include:

Contact us

If you have a query or concern, would like to use our facilities or want to get involved in our outreach events, we want to hear from you. 

Type of enquiry

Who to contact

General queries or help reaching a member of staff

Penryn Campus main reception

Phone: +44 (0) 1326 370 400

Schools and outreach events

Outreach team

Phone: +44 (0)1326 371858

Press and communications

Rachel Caunter, Campaign Manager for the Cornwall Campuses 

Phone: +44 (0)1326 255166

Businesses See our Business pages for details of how we can work with you and who to contact.
Report a concern 

Community Support team

Phone: +44 (0)1326 256666

Making an impact in Cornwall and the region

Discover some of the ways the University, our students and our research are making a positive impact in Cornwall and the region.

We run a range of free taster days and short free accredited courses for people in Cornwall. Read more.

We are delighted to be sponsors of the Falmouth Spring Festival. It gives us the opportunity to celebrate the start of Spring with the rest of the community. Read more.

A new collaboration with Cornwall Sports Partnership (CSP) has led to sponsorship of the Cornwall School Games for the next three years to encorage young people in Cornwall to get inspired by sport. Read more.

Natasha Trethewey

Former United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey performed a public lecture at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus and gave a reading of her work at Falmouth Art Gallery. Read more.

The Bluefin tuna

When the body of a seven foot Bluefin Tuna washed up on a Cornish beach, it offered a rare opportunity for researchers, and the Cornish public, to learn more about this elusive creature.

Moving stories

This project is investigating local people’s experiences of being physically active in older age. It is also examining how physically active older adults are perceived by other people. Find out more.

Using electric vehicles

Dr Xiaoyu Yan is looking to make more cost effective use of electric vehicles in rural areas, such as Cornwall. His research also looks at how best to use electric vehicles as an energy store for localised energy systems and secondary use of redundant batteries.

National Lobster Hatchery

Research that could help Cornwall lead the way in developing sustainable lobster stocks. Read more.

Science in the Square

This fantastic free event gives scientists from our Penryn Campus the ideal opportunity to share their knowledge, passion and expertise for science with childfren and adults from the local community. Find out more.

The Beach Clean Project

You may have been to beach cleans before but we’re hoping to make ours a bit different. You can help to keep Cornwall clean whilst gaining experience in data collection with our very own surveys, enjoy some exciting guest speakers and socials. Get involved.

How Science Works

How Science Works is a collaboration between Penryn College and the University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES) that encourages pupils at local primary and secondary schools to investigate questions in science. Find out more.