Thursday, 15 January 2009

Tremough Campus shows the way

This was my first visit to the Tremough Campus and it was good to go along with Mark Prisk, the Conservative Shadow Minister for Business and Enterprise to see their work.

Although it’s nearly in Penryn, it is also inside the new boundary for the Camborne and Redruth constituency. It is an amazing place. I was hugely impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of all those I met. It is an example of what this part of Cornwall can become: an international centre of excellence in the technologies of the future. We saw some new, ground breaking courses in areas such as digital animation and wildlife photography. We also heard about the incredible work being done to apply new technology to analyse rocks and soil to forensic science. They have been involved in helping to solve dozens of serious crimes using these new techniques.

I also had a tour of more familiar territory – they have an impressive TV studio which they use to train students in broadcasting everything then need to know about becoming a TV programme producer. Seeing them all trying to get the right camera angles and make sure that everything went smoothly brought back memories of some of those tense moments when I was with David Cameron in TV interviews - the anxiety that the live link might go down, or the camera battery would die or, worst of all, that the camera man was trying to frame the shot in a way that put us in a bad light!

Tom Dymond, a photography student at UCF was on hand to take all the photos of the visit – he really knew his stuff.