University College Falmouth has been granted full university status in a move that will further our ambition to become one of the top five specialist arts universities in the world. The Privy Council approved our establishment as Falmouth University following a rigorous appraisal process, making us Cornwall's first university. Having started life in 1902 as a small art school, today Falmouth is renowned as a multi-arts university in a global market, offering courses in art, design, media, performance and writing. Over the past ten years, student numbers have tripled to more than 4,000 and we have benefitted from more than £100 million of investment in world-class facilities at our two campuses in Falmouth and nearby Penryn. We have an excellent track record for helping our graduates find great jobs. Our courses are developed in conjunction with the creative industries, and focus on giving students the skills they need to find exciting and interesting work after they graduate. Many of them go on to have highly successful careers in the flourishing creative industries sector, with artist Tacita Dean, sculptor Tim Shaw and BBC broadcaster Hugh Pym among our alumni. We were the highest ranked University College outside London in the Guardian Good University Guide 2012, and were in the top ten in the UK for Art & Design according to the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2012.