Camborne School of Mines
MottoLaboris Gloria Ludi
Motto in English
The glory of work (and) play (figuratively) "work hard, play hard"
DirectorProfessor Steve Hesselbo
Location, ,

50°10′16″N 5°07′35″W / 50.1711°N 5.1265°W / 50.1711; -5.1265Coordinates: 50°10′16″N 5°07′35″W / 50.1711°N 5.1265°W / 50.1711; -5.1265
CampusPenryn Campus
PatronQueen Elizabeth II
ColoursGold, blue, silver

The Camborne School of Mines (Cornish: Scoll Balow Cambron), commonly abbreviated to CSM, was founded in 1888. Its research and teaching is related to the understanding and management of the Earth's natural processes, resources and the environment. It has undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree programmes within the Earth resources, civil engineering and environmental sectors. CSM is located at the Penryn Campus, near Falmouth, Cornwall, UK. The school merged with the University of Exeter in 1993.


The Camborne School of Mines has an international reputation in mining, tunnelling, mineralogy, mineral economics, geology, geophysics and geochemistry. CSM's international reputation dates back to the 19th century when with new deposits found around the world CSM graduates began to seek employment overseas and by the 20th century, graduates were in most of the world's major mining areas such as Southern Africa, Western Africa, Malaysia, Australia, South America, Mexico, United States and Canada.

Through CSM's teaching, research and the CSM Association's (CSM alumni) network CSM maintains a strong presence in the global mining industry.


As of 2012, undergraduate degrees available included a BEng degree in mining engineering (the only one offered in the UK), and BSc programmes in applied geology, and in engineering geology and geotechnics. The postgraduate MSc degrees included applied geotechnics, minerals engineering, mining engineering, mining geology, and surveying and land/environmental management.

In 2003, CSM joined the Federation of European Mineral Programs (FEMP), allowing its students to participate in study in continental Europe.

The Camborne School of Mines Trust, industrial sponsors, and past students and staff help the Camborne School of Mines to offer between 15 and 20 scholarships each year to new students who register on CSM degree programmes. Selection is based primarily on academic achievement.[1]

Candidates successfully completing programmes of study in the Camborne School of Mines leading to degrees of the University of Exeter are eligible for additional awards made by the Senate of the University of Exeter on behalf of the Camborne School of Mines Trust. These awards are:

The ACSM and MCSM are two of the few associate awards within the mining and other earth-based industries. The ACSM has been awarded to all graduates of CSM with the required grades since 1910, and in 1974 it was accredited by the Council for National Academic Awards. Notable Associates include Lord Eurby D.S.O., M.C. (born 1883) and Sam E. Jonah (KBE) (ACSM), chief executive of Ashanti Goldfields.

Camborne School of Mines is located in Cornwall
Camborne School of Mines
Map showing the location of the Camborne School of Mines within Cornwall.


The CSM student body is a community within the larger student body of the Combined Universities in Cornwall which includes students from both Falmouth University and University of Exeter Cornwall Campus. The CSM student association organises social events and helps students with any issues. Sport within the school is strong and there are team sports run under the CSM name in local leagues, but are open to any students at Tremough. A key event in the school's sporting calendar is the annual Bottle Match against Royal School of Mines which is organised by the student association.[2]

Each year students take part in the International Mining Games. In 2012 and 2018 CSM hosted the games, and will continue to do so every six years.[3]

The Camborne School of Mines Association serves all former students of the school and was founded in 1896. It had approximately 1,000 members.[4]


CSM is an internationally recognised centre for research related to the formation, discovery, extraction and utilisation of the Earth's natural resources, and subsequent remediation. The applied nature of much of the research is indicated by significant international industrial collaboration.

Research within CSM is co-ordinated by the three multidisciplinary groups. These draw upon the school's research expertise in mining and minerals engineering, geology, renewable energy and environmental science, and their links with colleagues in the University of Exeter's Department of Geography. Each group is led by full-time academic staff, and includes postdoctoral research fellows, experimental officers and postgraduate research students working towards the degrees of MPhil and PhD. Work is funded by the research councils, industry and charitable trusts and is supported by the school's technical staff and analytical facilities.

Facilities and services

The facilities and services at CSM are available to students, academic staff, research partners, and individuals and organisations from the business community. Short Courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) include Renewable Energy Industry Training Modules, and Quarry Shotfiring / Explosives Supervisor courses (EPIC-validated).

The school's geochemical and mineralogical analytical laboratories include a £1.5 million microbeam analytical facility that contains an extensive range of sample preparation and analytical facilities including optical microscopes, cathodoluminescence, low-vacuum scanning electron microscope, electron probe microanalyser, QEMSCAN (particle analysis and mineral identification), X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, X-ray diffraction, atomic absorption spectrometers, atomic fluorescence spectrometer plus elemental, physical and thermal analysers.

Facilities for mining engineering, tunnelling, surveying and geotechnics include surface testing facilities; Leica surveying equipment, a Leica/DMT Gyromat 2000 Precision Gyrotheodolite,[5] and a triaxial test rig.

Field Station

In May 2017 CSM lost the use of its underground field station near Camborne due to the site being sold to a 3rd party, putting an end to blast vibration/underground mining research carried out there and annual student mining induction courses that had been carried out there since the 1960s, when the site was owned & run by Holman Brothers, Camborne.

Industrial heritage


The museum at CSM is devoted to worldwide geology with particular emphasis on mining and mineralisation. It holds a significant and comprehensive systematic collection including fluorescent, gem and ore minerals, together with suites of minerals and host rocks from important mining areas all over the world, though a significant part of its collection derives from south west England. The collection serves as a resource centre for geology teaching throughout Cornwall, and is extensively used by the school's teaching. Displays in CSM's entrance foyer are open to visitors, free, Monday to Friday, 0900-1700.[6] The museum also contains historic artefacts relating to the history of mining and CSM's role within this history; this collection is complemented by the King Edward Mine Museum.

Some of the museum's collections are available on the Camborne School of Mines Virtual Museum, which is a site dedicated to the geology of Cornwall.[7]




Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "Camborne School of Mines". University of Exeter. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  2. ^ "CSMSA". CSM Student Association. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  3. ^ "World's miners descend on Cornwall for international mining games". 30 March 2012.
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  5. ^ "Surveying – Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter". University of Exeter. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Articles | Cornwall Campuses | University of Exeter".
  7. ^ "Camborne School of Mines Virtual Museum – The Cornubian Orefield". Retrieved 22 April 2013.