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The Poly announces its new President

Alan Cummings has been unveiled as The Poly's new President

Alan Cummings was born in the North East in 1950. Now permanently resident in Falmouth, he looks back on a fascinating and varied career across science, art and design, heritage conservation, higher education and rock and folk music. His professional activities have involved many high profile institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Courtauld Institute of Art. He concluded his working life as Professor of Conservation, Pro-Rector and Director of Academic Development at the Royal College of Art, a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College and a Governor at the National Film and Television School. On the way, he received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education and he has been listed in Who’s Who since 2010.

Alan’s main interest towards the end of his career was helping to build relationships across science and engineering, art and design, the humanities and business in the belief that interdisciplinary collaboration is the only effective way to solve world problems. As President, his aim is to emerge energetically from retirement to continue this kind of work. He wants to build the Poly’s identity as a place for interdisciplinary thinking, creativity and innovation. He is currently developing plans for an ambitious programme events called “The Future Of ..” , where significant social, environmental and technological issues will be explored by interdisciplinary audiences representing the vibrant communities of Falmouth, Penryn and beyond.

ENDS: 23/10/23

The Poly announces its new President

Falmouth in Victorian Times 1837 – 1901 with Jill Harris

An illustrated presentation of this period in Falmouth's past including many from the records found in the Poly History...

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Experimental Appliqués

Join Maya Ronchetti for a practical workshop on appliques and reverse appliques. Create a unique cushion cover and learn...

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EOS: My National Gallery, London

The National Gallery of London is one of the world’s greatest art galleries. It is full of masterpieces, an endless...

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