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Research day was huge success
Degree students from Falmouth Marine School showcased their final year projects at Princess Pavilion this week to industry experts, academics and first year students.
The event, which is sponsored by Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, attracted a record number of attendees which included representatives from Cornwall IFCA, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, National Marine Aquarium, A&P, Cornwall Seal Group, Challenger Marina, Natural England and many other businesses.
Marine Sports Science and Marine Science degree students produced materials and used interactive displays to communicate the findings of their final year research projects. Projects ranged from engaging the public in marine science and conservation to how music can affect swimming performance.
Dr Claire Eatock, Programme Manager, said: "The importance of researching current issues and interacting with the business community is a vital developmental element of the degree-level programme. The event provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their own research specialities and to communicate within a real business context in preparation for their next steps in education or employment.”
Presentations were delivered throughout the day from the students, with key notes from past student Kimara McCrindal who now works with Cornwall IFCA, and lecturer Steve Bowens, who has just returned from rowing across the Atlantic.
Michael McDonald, studying the Marine Sports Science foundation degree, said: "The presentations from Kimara and Steve were really inspirational and highlights what is possible. Today has been a monumental experience and a great way to bolster my future academic endeavours. It was great to present my study to industry experts and get such positive feedback."
The event was also the official launch of the Falmouth Marine Enterprise (FaME) project, a partnership programme developed as a result of the industry’s need for concrete evidence about issues and solutions that affect it and the students’ need to be ready for the workplace from the offset. Matching these two factors created FaME, where practical industry projects are linked directly to student research, and forms the foundations of this year's student projects. It is hoped to extend the programme to involve more businesses and more students in the future.
David Ellis, Chairman of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, said: "The level of professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm from the students was phenomenal. We highly value our link with Falmouth Marine School. The standard of the student projects is very high and they are delivering evidence that is of use to industry providing both background information and potentially commercially valuable innovations. We are committed to supporting these young researchers and developing the FaME partnership."
Falmouth Harbourmaster Mark Sansom presented three awards to students. The awards were for academic achievement, the most innovative project and finally the professional standard award. The Academic award went to Marine Science student Helen Wakeman; Innovation was awarded to Jessica Hirons and Mark Hind, also studying FdSc Marine Science, and Mike McDonald studying FdSc Marine Sports Science, was presented with the professionalism award.
Mark Hind said: "It was great to get recognition for my project, the support through FaME has been phenomenal, from receiving the £300 investment I bid for at the start of the year at the Dragons’ Den event to the support I received throughout and now presenting my work and gaining the award. The past two years have been the best years of my life, I wish I could do it all again."
David Stedman, Head of Falmouth Marine School commented: “This was a great way to end the academic year. The presentations and displays were extremely relevant to current issues in the marine sector and enthused, informed and educated all those who attended."