Undergraduate Open Day

30 November 2019 10:00 - 15:00

Fusehill Street Carlisle

About the Open Day
  • About the Open Day
  • Why Carlisle?
  • How to get here
  • Timetable
  • Academic Talks
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Here's your chance to experience living and learning with like-minded individuals on a campus where you'll find your course, your calling and your career.

Whether you're a lifesaver, a peacemaker, a knowledge tester, a community maker or an educator, there's a place for you at our university. Find out where you belong by joining our upcoming open day.

Get a feel for it 
Take part in interactive sessions unique to your course.

Ask about it
Discover student life beyond your course. Find out about work placements, networking opportunities and the clubs and societies you can join for an awesome student life.

Explore it
Check out our fantastic facilities and find your unique place within our new £3.5 million STEM laboratories, hospital practice wards, clinical labs, therapy suites, outdoor classroom or sports centre.

Get the most out of it
We’ll give you help on your UCAS application and personal statement and even help you get your finances figured out.

We’ll have loads going on at the campus, but why not make a day of it and explore the historical and cultural centre of Carlisle with its great selection of shops, theatres and bars?

It’s easy to get here by car or train, so come and find your calling.

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10 reasons to study at Fusehill Street, Carlisle

  1. Our Fusehill Street campus is only a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, and has a great community feel
  2. We have strong working relationships with the NHS, County Councils, private, voluntary and independent sectors allowing us to provide a wide breadth of placement opportunities
  3. We provide excellent facilities including a high-tech simulator laboratory, hospital practice wards, clinical labs and therapy suites for our health courses
  4. Our new state-of-the-art £3.5million STEM laboratories have enabled us to enhance our science portfolio to include chemistry and biomedical sciences
  5. We work in partnership with the College of Policing to ensure our qualifications fully meet the needs of students and the police service
  6. Our teaching staff have a great deal of practical experience and are actively involved in ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research.*
  7. Our Law students take part in annual mock trials at Carlisle Magistrates Court as well as experience working in a real Crown Court setting in the finals of our in-house mooting competitions
  8. Our Student Enterprise team offers students advice on setting up their own business
  9. Our small class sizes mean that you will receive more personal time with tutors than at some larger universities
  10. Our dedicated outdoor classroom offers local school children and our education students the opportunity for experiential learning

* 2014 Research Excellence Framework

Cafés and restaurants

If you fancy a coffee or a bite to eat off campus, there are lots of restaurants and cafés located a short stroll into the city centre. Here’s a sample of a few you might like to try:

  • Foxborough Smokehouse restaurant – just round the corner from the Fusehill St campus – meat lover’s paradise and an amazing brunch!
  • Alexandros Greek Restaurant and Deli – light lunches, evening meals or a full-blown meze if you prefer.  Lots of vegetarian options too
  • Thin White Duke – great for a daytime or early evening bite to eat.  Popular with our students
  • Old Bank City Pub & Chophouse – good old English classics with a twist and locally-sourced produce
  • Dutch Uncle – great for lunch or evening meals - serving a variety of cocktails and Cumbrian tapas
  • Foxes Café Lounge – located near the cathedral and castle with a laid back arty vibe, popular with our students, also a public art gallery with open mic events
  • John Watt & Son – sample a slice of local history at Carlisle’s oldest traditional coffee shop
  • The Old Engine House – quirky coffee shop just off the main shopping street
  • Stanwix Tandoori – Indian cuisine you have to try – just round the corner from our Brampton Road campus


Carlisle is a vibrant city, with much to see and do, whether it’s history, shopping, sport, eating or outdoor festivals.

  • Carlisle Castle, Carlisle Cathedral and Tullie House Museum – all located in the historical quarter of the city. Carlisle Castle has been the most under sieged castle in the country and was once home to Mary Queen of Scots who was kept prisoner here
  • Shopping, eating and drinking! Carlisle has a lovely pedestrianised city centre with a main shopping street and undercover shopping centre. You can find so many places to eat and drink, you will be spoiled for choice 
  • Carlisle is host to a number of outdoor festivals and events at the beautiful Bitts Park, Carlisle United football ground and the racecourse. There are lots of famous music artists and bands hosting gigs here and often our students get the opportunity to work on some of these festivals!
  • The Sands Centre – large sports complex with a fantastic sports package deal for our students.  It is located a short walk from Brampton Road campus and is also the main entertainment venue for Carlisle, hosting a multitude of music, performance, theatre and comedy acts
  • Carlisle Fire Show – The biggest and best bonfire and fireworks display in the North!  Not to be missed!

Things to do nearby

  • Carlisle is the City of the Lakes.  A 25 minute drive takes you into the northern lake district where you can find the best walks, lakes and attractions
  • Hadrian’s Wall – spanning almost 80 miles coast to coast, Hadrian's Wall is one of the North’s finest Roman attractions with various museums and forts to explore


The postcode for sat navs is CA1 2HH.

Leaving the M6 at junction 43, bear left onto Warwick Road for approximately 1.5 miles before turning left onto Greystone Road. Take the sixth right turn onto Fusehill Street. The campus entrance is on your right hand side.

Parking: Free parking is available on campus. Our friendly staff will be on hand to direct you to our car parks. Alternative parking is also available at Cecil Street Car Park


Carlisle railway station is about a ten minute walk from campus. Taxis are readily available outside the railway station.


We've designed our Open Days to give you a flavour of what it's like to study at our Carlisle campus while providing all the support services you might need.


09:30 - 10:30

Welcome and Registration

Registration is in the library where you grab a complimentary coffee and pastry.

Don't forget to log on to the WIFI by selecting UoC Conference, following the registration instructions and using the password on your programme.

10:30 - 11:00

Welcome Talk

Nothing better than a northern welcome! We are continually improving our campus, student experiences and facilities. Pop along to our talk to find out what makes the University of Cumbria special.

11:00 - 12:30

Academic Talks

See the academic talks tab for more information.

12:30 - 13:30


Take a break and enjoy a coffee or lunch at our catering facilities. This is the perfect time to get your day organised and planned, or reflect on your time with our academics. Our student ambassadors are always around if you need any help or want to speak to them about their student experiences.

12:00 - 14:30

Range of support talks available (UCAS, money advice etc)

See the information fair tab for more information.

10:00 - 15:00

Academic & Support Information Fair

Have a 1-to-1 with a lecturer and get to know the academic departments.

 FHS open day programme

Criminology (All Pathways)
Exploring real life examples of peoples' career paths after completing their criminology degree. Whether people have maintained their focus on crime or have gone on to look at issues of social harm; such as homelessness and addiction. From those who graduated with a Criminology degree and changed career direction, we will take a closer look at how they used their dregree to springboard into exciting career paths.
Time: 11.ooam -12.3opm Location: Blencathra Building, Room B111

Psychology and Applied Psychology
Applying psychology to real life situations in a case study based session. This session is designed to start you thinking about how we use psychology and psychological theory. Discover how factors such as people's situations, strengths and needs influence outcomes.
Time: 11.ooam -12.3opm Location: Skiddaw Building, Room SKF28

Social Work
Get to grips with the Social Work degree at UoC. Our tutors will guide you through our course modules and outline how our degree can impact your career.
Time: 11.00am -12.3opm Location: Learning Gateway Building, Room LG20l

Forensic Science
Forensic Science and beyond. Taking a balanced approach for Criminal and commercial applications of Forensic Science. Modern and environmental sourced advancements in evidence detection and enhancement.
Time: 11.ooam -12.3opm Location: Skiddaw Building, STEM Lab

Security, Intelligence and Investigative Practice
The effects of terrorism. How does the work of intelligence officers influence security measures. Using air travel and real world examples we will examine security measures and the threats they are designed to address.
Time: 11.00am -12.3opm Location: Learning Gateway Building, Room LG1o2

Media Manipulation and Misrepresentation of the Law. The representation of the law by the press forms public opinion on the administration and application of the law, but are the public being misled? This interactive exercise using contemporary reporting will help you make up your own mind.
Time: 11.00am -12.3opm Location: Skiddaw Building, Room SKG11

Diagnostic Radiography
Preparation for advanced practice via our unique innovative programme. Let's get digital and review pathologies, fractures and abnormalities on images. Find out from the experts in our team how real life clinical experience will make you a professional.
Time: 11.00am -12.3opm Location: Lonscale Building, Room LN02

Professional Policing
Why has the Police service been professionalised? This involves looking at the history of policing and how key incidents have brought about change. This is an interactive session which focuses on one aspect of policing, 'Stop & Search' which is a controversial power. The session will also highlight areas for students to research prior to starting their studies.
Time: 11.00am -12.3opm Location: Learning Gateway Building, Room LG202

Get 'hands on' in our Clinical Skills Labs, working with our state of the art medical simulation patient 'NoeIle' supporting her through labour and learn how to provide neonatal resuscitation for 'Tory. This interactive session provides both practical and theoretical insight into the Midwifery profession.
Time: 11.00am -12.3opm Location: Blencathra Building, Room B119

Occupational Therapy
There is emerging evidence that social prescribing can lead to a range of positive health and well-being outcomes. Come and explore how social prescribing is key to the future of Occupational Therapy.
Time: 11.00am -12.3opm Location: Skiddaw Building, Room SKG12

Why is social prescribing becoming so popular? How Physiotherapists can use creative ways of motivating people to get started with exercise to enable their rehabilitation following injury, illness or disease.
Time: 11.00am -12.3opm Location: Skiddaw Building, Room SKF14

Working with Children and Families
How we are making society a better place for as all. We will be assessing the impact of knife crime, mental health, protests and climate change on children, young people and families and how professionals such as Social and Youth Workers, Teachers and Family Support teams can really make a difference.
Time: 11.00am -12.3opm Location: Learning Gateway Building, Room LG101

Nursing (All Pathways)
What does it takes to be a zest Century Nurse? Our Nursing teams will be looking at what it means to be professional in a digital age and how body language and communication are key for excellent practice.
Time: 11.00am -12.3opm Location: Blencathra Building, Room B105

PGCE: General Primary with QTS (5-ii)
After the course overview, take part in learning how to spark children's wisdom, trigger their imagination and inspire them for life.
Time: 11.00am -12.3opm Location: Skiddaw Building, SKF19

Primary Education (3-11) with QTS
As well as a course talk, we'll invite you to take part in a taster lecture exploring; "Making mathematics fun in the classroom. Discover tools and techniques for Primary Teachers to facilitate learning mathematics in a fun and engaging way."
Time: 11.00am -12.3opm Location: Calva Building Lecture Theatre

Microbiology & Biomedical Sciences
Come and explore our Biology and Biomedical Lab, get 'hands on' with microbe and glow in the dark experiments. Our tutors will talk you through our courses, helping you to understand everything in the lab and beyond.
Time: 11.00am -12.3opm Location: Blencathra STEM Lab

What does it mean to be a Zoologist in the zest Century: developing your practical and theoretical tool kit. We are now heading into a sixth mass extinction, and the world needs zoologists more than ever. Learn what we can do for global and local biodiversity, in this interactive session.
Time: 11.00am -12.3opm Location: Blencathra STEM Lab


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Booking & attendance

Do I have to book to attend an open day?

Yes, you will need to book a place on our open day. Please click on the Book Now button above.

Will I receive confirmation of my booking?

Once you've completed your booking, you'll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. We'll also send you a reminder email closer to the time.

Do I need to let you know of any changes to my booking?

Please do let us know if you can no longer make it to the open day. We can get you booked onto an alternative open day or a campus tour.

Can I bring guests with me?

Yes, we really encourage you to take advice from your parents, family and friends, who will be supporting and helping you throughout your applicant journey. We encourage you to bring them along so they can get involved in the day too.

Where can I eat on the day?

Complimentary refreshments will be available throughout the open day, but if you fancy something more, then check out our catering outlets.

The Calva Bar is a lively social space on campus serving a range of hot and cold food, snacks and drinks. Pop in for food on the go.

The Cube restaurant is a large open space located in Skiddaw building. Students can meet with friends for breakfast, coffee or lunch. Why not take a break at the open day and sample the range of food on offer?

What if I can't make the date?

Don’t worry, if you can't make it to one of our open days, you can book onto one of our Campus Tours, with an opportunity to learn more about UoC, speak to a student ambassador and have a really good look around.

Travel & access

Traveling by train

Carlisle is on the main west coast rail line from London to Glasgow and also has a direct, cross-country connection to Newcastle. Carlisle railway station is about a 10- minute walk from campus. Taxis are readily available outside the railway station.

Traveling by car

The Fusehill Street campus is easily accessible. The postcode for sat navs is CA1 2HH.

Leaving the M6 at junction 43 bear left onto Warwick Road for approximately 1.5 miles before turning left onto Greystone Road. Take the sixth right turn onto Fusehill Street. The campus entrance is on your right hand side.

Limited free car parking is available. Please collect a permit from one of our helpful student ambassadors on the day. Alternative car parking can be found at Cecil Street Car Park

Directions to Cecil Street Car Park

Head northwest on Fusehill Street towards Close Street and continue onto Myddleton Street. Turn left onto Aglionby Street, then turn left onto Brunswick Street. Turn onto Cecil Street immediately on your left. The car park is on the right hand side. 

Support for visitors with disabilities

If you require any specific support during your visit, please speak to a member of staff during registration. Our campus map outlines our disabled parking spaces and accessible routes.

Talks & tours

Campus and accommodation tours

Our student ambassadors will be on hand throughout the day to take you on a tour of our beautiful Fusehill Street campus and our student accommodation. It's the perfect chance to pick their brains about what it's really like being a student at the University of Cumbria!

There is usually an accommodation tour every hour and a campus tour every half hour.

Subject specific talks and interactive sessions

These are brilliant opportunities to delve deeper into our courses. Our passionate staff will introduce you to the subjects and the departments - you'll even be able to take part in a taster session!

Information fair

Information stands and talks for our academic and support services will be available throughout the day. Our staff will be on hand to provide information and answer your questions about:

  • Courses
  • Accommodation support
  • Student admissions 
  • Career and employability advice
  • Student finance and managing your money
  • Disability advice
  • Mental health and counselling support
  • Student parents support
  • Library and Student Services
  • Any other support you may require at university

When you study with the University of Cumbria, you will have access to advice about your course, academic skills development, your wellbeing, university life in general and your future career direction. Support is provided in a number of ways; it can be online, by phone or, if you need it, in person.