Falmouth University was ranked first among arts universities in the UK in 2015 in the Sunday Times University Guide having attained full University status in 2012. We have an annual turnover of £50 million, 4,500 students, around 1,000 members of staff and a global reputation for excellence in teaching, research and creativity.
Across all the disciplines taught at Falmouth, our key aim is to provide students with the skills to develop their ideas into reality, and with the entrepreneurial confidence to turn them into commercial success. The latest employability figures show that 97% of our graduates are in employment or education 6 months after they leave us. 27% are running their own business or self-employed - this is more than four times the national average.
We offer over 50 courses; from architecture to animation, business entrepreneurship to computing for games, fashion to fine art, photography to journalism. Falmouth combines world-class teaching with state of the art facilities - more than £100 million has been invested over the last ten years.
Our current students numbers are the highest in our history enrolled from foundation level through undergraduate to PhD. They are drawn from more than 100 countries around the world, as well as closer to home as nearly 15% of Falmouth students are from Cornwall. A study by Oxford Economics has shown that Falmouth University (along with the University of Exeter, our partner at our jointly Penryn campus), contributed £491 million to the GDP of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly between 2002 and 2012.
This contribution is set to increase; as one of the country's top specialist creative universities, Falmouth University will be a driving force in the continued growth of this industry which is currently worth £77 billion to the UK economy and provides 1 in every 11 jobs.
We have identified two strategic themes for our research: the digital economy and sustainable design. Both through research and teaching, we aim to play a key role in the economic regeneration of Cornwall.
Looking to 2020 our new strategic plan identifies 5 key aims: To produce satisfied graduates who get great jobs; to help grow Cornwall; to become internationally significant; to grow our research and innovation; to build partnerships.