Launched ten years ago as the University of Cumbria, we are founded on the experience and tradition of well over 150 years of higher education. We are a growing, multi-campus university that is home to over 10,000 students.

Our institution offers high quality research-informed academic studies, professionally focused programmes and technical skills to help you achieve your future career. By creating knowledge with our research, sharing information through our courses and making business connections with our placement opportunities, we help enable our students to realise their potential and achieve life-changing outcomes.

The History of the University of Cumbria

Though the current university was established in 2007, our history goes all the way back to 1882. We were formed by the merger of St Martin’s College, the Cumbria Institute of the Arts and the University of Central Lancashire’s Cumbria sites, giving us a firm foundation in providing excellent academic opportunities for our students.

Our History
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Our Strategic Plan

Our three-year strategic plan builds on the achievements of the last decade to position us as a thriving, lead player in delivering professional higher-level learning to meet the demands of an ever evolving workforce and emerging markets.

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Our Development

At the University of Cumbria we are busy building your new world! We want to create a real sense of place and are constantly investing in your future by developing our campuses to enhance the environment in which you will live, work, study and ultimately achieve.

Significant investment has introduced some exciting new facilities across a number of our campuses.

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