Friday, 19 January 2018

Rumour has it: mineral processing is coming back to CSM!

There was a good turn-out of over 20 regulars last night at the first Cornish Mining Sundowner of the year, at the County Arms Hotel in Truro.
It was good to see so many Camborne School of Mines students, and also Frances Wall, Professor of Applied Mineralogy at CSM, and a former CSM Director. Frances recently agreed to present a keynote lecture in November at Process Mineralogy '18 in Cape Town (posting of 8th January).
Frances Wall with three ex-CSM mineral processors, Tony Clarke, Pete Walsh and BW
Barbara Wills with Tony Batchelor, Robin Dunne, and Linda and Alan Matthews
There was also an interesting rumour last night that mineral processing will be returning to CSM later in the year at Master's level, great news after the demise some years ago of the Batchelor's and Master's degrees in mineral processing. Also great to hear that the CSM Trust is offering 5 bursaries of £6,000 each to support recruitment to the proposed course. Hopefully there will be firmer news at the next Sundowner on February 22nd at the Trefusis Arms in Redruth. As always, anyone in the area at that time is cordially invited.
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  1. Excellent news on that rumour for CSM, Cornwall and the mining industry.
    Nick Slade

  2. What a pleasant and encouraging news from you, Barry. I hope the "rumour" becomes a "reality"; we need these great Institutes with traditions of good and pioneering work restart mineral engn courses.
    Looking forward to the next Blog on the "start".

  3. About time. There is a shortage of good mineral processors at the moment. We oldies will have to retire sometime!
    Peter Flitcroft

  4. Peter, You are saying "good"==lot of damage is already done by pseudo mineral engns



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