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Fri 01 November 2019

New institute’s ambition to tackle NHS staffing crisis

A new Institute of Health set up at the University of Cumbria aims to tackle the ongoing staffing crisis in the NHS with a dual purpose of recruiting more new staff in Cumbria as well as upskilling and retaining the current workforce. In addition to growing new recruits, the newly formed institute aims to support policy and research in relation to the NHS Long Term Plan with a renewed emphasis on increased funding for continuing professional development (CPD) and upskilling of current NHS staff.

Brian Webster-Henderson Institute of Health (picture credit: Newsquest Cumbria)

Thu 31 October 2019

Renowned researchers sharing news and views

Hot on the heels of an appearance at the European Society of Criminology Conference in Belgium a leading figure in the field spearheads a new series of Lakes’ talks. University of Cumbria’s associate professor of policing and criminology, Dr Nicoletta Policek, kick starts six presentations aimed at getting to the heart of matters as diverse as climate crisis and regional development. The talks showcase the breadth of research expertise operating at international levels.

Ambleside campus sign

Mon 28 October 2019

Survival expertise called upon for major new TV series

Producers of a major new TV series starring Jason Momoa as a warlord in an alien blind world 600-years hence have turned to the skills of a leading survival academic for advice. When See is released on Friday 1 November, to coincide with the launch of Apple TV+, few will be watching more closely than University of Cumbria’s bushcraft expert, Lisa Fenton, who worked behind the scenes with a think tank team devising the series.

Bushcraft expert Lisa Fenton during a trip to Gambia. SHe has now been advising creators of a new Apple TV + series, See, which launches on 1 November 2019

Tue 08 October 2019

Nostalgia marks nonagenarian’s visit

It was always going to be a nostalgic visit for a nonagenarian who says her student days at a world-renowned Lakes’ institution shaped her whole adult life. Audrey Wright, 90, has returned to Ambleside’s former Charlotte Mason College, speaking of her joy at seeing again the seat of learning which had inspired and enthralled her. Now part of University of Cumbria, the old teacher training college had a major impact on her family. Through it, she met her mother-in-law, and her husband.

Charlotte Mason College alumnae and retired teacher Audrey Wright (aged 90) visits the Ambleside campus, October 2019

Mon 07 October 2019

University marks World Mental Health Day 2019

As a leading training provider of health professionals, the University of Cumbria has a major role in helping to mark World Mental Health Day across the North West. Visitors are invited to the Festival of Mental Health, a day of workshops, sessions, presentations, art and exhibitions at the university’s Lancaster campus on Thursday, 10 October. The university is also one of the major Cumbrian employers supporting ‘This is Me’, a campaign which challenges the stigma around mental health at work.

Steve McCarthy-Grunwald and Charlotte Pearce, Lord Melvyn Bragg of Wigton

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