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The Cumbria Experience

Becoming part of the University of Cumbria means taking the next step towards the career of your choice. We are fully committed to providing a first-class education and an outstanding student experience in a flexible and supportive learning environment. It is our mission to provide you with the skills and tools you need to succeed in a challenging and evolving world, both now and in the future.

Our locations

Six students laughing at sunsetOur campuses are based at key locations to enable us to have a wide distribution network throughout all of Cumbria and North Lancashire, and to serve the communities and people of these regions and beyond. We have campuses and sites in: Lancaster, Carlisle, Ambleside, Newton Rigg College Penrith, Workington, Barrow-in-Furness and London.

Sailing on a lake

We are embedded in the heart of the Lake District National Park, the largest National Park in the UK and a multi-award winning destination for people from all over the world. We also have an important and vibrant site in central London.

Our unrivalled scenery ranges from rugged mountains and deep lakes to historic towns and cities. Our unique locations offer you a vast range of opportunities to make the most of the beautiful outdoors, and enjoy the attractions our three major cities and smaller towns have to offer.

Our facilities

Male Student Studying in Learning GatewayOur larger campuses are fully equipped with facilities to support you in your learning, enable you to meet new people and make new connections, and prepare you to plan your future career and enterprise potential.

As a student at the University of Cumbria, you will be able to access our facilities at all of our campuses, so regardless of where you are based, you can enjoy the benefits of studying at a university with regionally connected specialist sites. We want you to have every opportunity to make the most of your education, the training we provide and the skills we will help you to develop.

Our courses

We are experienced in producing well-rounded, career-ready graduates, who are in demand and prepared for the challenges of a rewarding future. 

Student using water machineOur degrees and courses are carefully designed to give you the knowledge, skills and experiences to flourish in the workplace. We ensure that our courses are as flexible as possible, so that any student with the passion and ability to learn has the opportunity to access a wide range of our programmes. If you want to study part-time we aim to help you to fit your degree around your life, rather than your life around your degree.

We live and work in a culture of creativity and enterprise, ensuring that all our students have the opportunity to distinguish themselves from the crowd, skilled for the profession that they will be joining, wherever in the world this will be. 

We are proud of our long history of offering Arts, Business, Science, Health  and Education programmes to people in the region, the country and beyond. Every student is valued at the University of Cumbria as an important contributor to our mission and our success. We are fully committed to serving the needs of our region, and supporting the national economy.

Live the Cumbria Experience

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We will offer you:

  • A friendly and supportive environment, with small, welcoming campuses
  • Support and development in your university life - whatever that might be from skills development to personal support
  • A range of health and sports facilities
  • A vibrant and engaged Students' Union, with opportunities to get involved, have your say and make a difference in the running of the university
  • Access to a varied and dynamic range of opportunities to make the most of your student life, from sports clubs to theatre shows
  • A fairly priced degree combined with a low cost of living, making us one of the best value educational experiences available, with bursaries and scholarships for some students
  • A range of programmes spread over distinctly different campuses, all with their own unique atmospheres and the facilities and teaching to support the courses they offer.

Learn from the Cumbria Experience

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We will offer you:

  • Outstanding library and learning facilities to give you all the resources you need to excel in your studies
  • Regular access to specialist equipment to facilitate your work
  • A professionally focused curriculum, specifically designed to give you the knowledge, skills and training for your future career
  • A range of professional programmes with the perfect balance of academic theory and practical hands-on experience
  • A personal tutor committed to assisting you in developing throughout your studies.

The Cumbria Experience for Life

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You will leave us with:

  • The benefits of a degree from a new and dynamic university, where nine out of ten graduates are in employment or further study within six months
  • A thorough understanding of key industries and employers in the region and beyond, with whom we connect through live projects, placement opportunities, work experience and graduate opportunities
  • Professional accreditation from some programmes, links with professional bodies and a wide range of opportunities for the future
  • The skills, training and work ethic that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life and make you a highly employable and enterprising individual.