UK: Camborne School of Mines Mining Engineering Course Paused
September 5, 2020 - In the UK, a prestigious and historic mining course faces an uncertain future after recruitment was halted.
Camborne School of Mines was founded in 1888 and its mining engineering course is famous all over the world.The school and course has educated thousands of men and women who work at the forefront of the industry all over the globe.
Although Cornwall may no longer be one of the world mining epicentres, the saying goes that you can find someone who went to Camborne School of Mines at the bottom of every mine in the world.
To preserve the future of Camborne School of Mines, the school merged with Exeter University in the 1990s and moved to a new home at Tremough Campus.
Exeter University has now taken the decision to pause recruitment for the mining engineering course, but stressed that it hasn’t been scrapped, instead recruitment has been paused while it looks to reshape the opportunities to study mining and related topics.
A University of Exeter spokesperson said: “The university is steadfastly committed to mining teaching and research at the Camborne School of Mines in Penryn. CSM has always been responsive to the changing demands of prospective students and the mining industry, and as such we are reshaping the opportunities for students wishing to study mining, and relating topics, to meet these demands.
“In recent years, fewer applicants have chosen to join the undergraduate mining engineering programme. As a result, the University is introducing a pause on recruitment to it, and will explore a range of options to allow undergraduates to study mining, possibly through other engineering programmes. We will continue to recruit to our geology and postgraduate mining programmes.“Our postgraduate courses remain highly popular, and have showed increased demand in recent years – including significant growth in international students. The University is committed to strengthening these programmes and continue to create opportunities for postgraduate research, including critical areas such as sustainable mining and post-mining environment management.
“We know this may cause concern for some colleagues and students, however our current undergraduates will be supported fully to complete their studies, and colleagues and stakeholders will have a range of opportunities to help shape future courses. There is a strong future for the study of mining at the University of Exeter.”
Among those expressing sadness at the news is Cornwall Councillor and Camborne School of Mines student Loveday Jenkin who described the move as “another proud Cornish community that is looking like it’s going to disappear”.