There are many fantastic reasons to embark on one of our postgraduate courses, whether it’s to give yourself that extra advantage when applying for jobs, progress your current career or even if you just love your chosen subject and want to explore it further. If you are still undecided about your university choice, nothing will help you make your mind up more than attending an Open Day.
Our Open Day will provide you with a really good opportunity to walk around the inspiring campus, visit our student accommodation, and take a stroll into Ambleside to explore the area.
We know postgraduate study represents a significant investment for you, in time as well as financially. So, whilst you are on campus please do take the opportunity to talk to our passionate staff and student ambassadors: they will be delighted to give you their perspective on life as a student at the University of Cumbria in Ambleside.
Complimentary refreshments will also be provided for you and your guests on the day.
We hope you have a great day with us!
10 reasons to study a postgraduate course at UoC in Ambleside
- Our campus is situated in the Lake District National Park - you can drive to Lake Windermere in five minutes!
- Discounts of up to 20% on postgraduate taught degrees for University of Cumbria alumni
- Our beautiful campus is compact, friendly and set in the heart of Ambleside, only a five-minute drive to Lake Windermere
- We have invested over £13 million recently, including our new deluxe on-campus student accommodation, available for postgraduate students as well as undergraduates
- Our teaching staff have a great deal of practical experience and are actively involved in ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research*
- Many of our wide-ranging programmes offer placement opportunities and fascinating international field trips
- Flexible and part time Postgraduate study options mean you can undertake study that fits round your life
- We provide excellent facilities such as an outdoor study centre, lakeside access and indoor climbing wall
- We have produced award-winning graduates who now occupy some of the most senior positions in the forestry and woodland sector
- 80% of our coastline is classified as being of international wildlife importance, making our conservations programmes an excellent choice
*2014 Research Excellence Framework
Thousands of tourists flock annually to this small Lake District town. There's a wealth of things to see and do in the heart of the iconic National Park.
Sightseeing and activities
- Go Ape! at Grizedale Forest – treetop adventure including a 275m long zip wire!
- Windermere Cruises – jump on a boat at Waterhead and explore the lake
- Wray Castle – a National Trust property on the west coast of Windermere. A great place for a picnic by the lake
- Loughrigg Fell – a walk from campus with views of Rydal Water and Grasmere and an opportunity to explore Rydal caves
Cafés and Restaurants
There are a great many eating places in Ambleside – below are just a few of our favourites.
- Rattle Gill Café – vegetarian. Great chilli, salad and cakes!
- The Apple Pie Bakery – tea room and takeaway. We recommend the Chelsea buns!
- Dodds – lovely Italian food
- Chesters by the River – vegetarian restaurant, a ten-minute drive away at Skelwith Bridge. You can also enjoy a pre- or post-dinner walk along the river to Elterwater.
It goes without saying that there are numerous outdoor pursuits in Ambleside and the surrounding area – climbing, walking, sailing, canoeing, mountain biking, open-water swimming, painting or photography – but when you want to put your feet up at the end of the day here are our recommendations.
- Zefirellis - arthouse cinema in a converted church, jazz café and pizzeria
- The Lily Bar – great cocktails!
- The Golden Rule - traditional pub, popular with walkers, climbers, mountain bikers, artists and writers
- Bar eS – Mexican bar. Craft beer and tasty tapas
How to get here
Ambleside is just north of Windermere, Cumbria. Postcode for sat navs is LA22 9BB.
- From the North: Take the A591 which brings you directly onto Rydal Road. The campus is on your left hand side.
- From the South: Take the A591 from Windermere which brings you onto Lake Road. At the start of the one-way system bear left onto Wansfell Road and then right onto the A593. Follow this road round through the town centre and at the traffic lights turn left onto Rydal Road. The campus entrance is on your right hand side.
Limited free parking is available on site or alternatively there is a pay and display car park just opposite the campus.
Windermere is the nearest train station to our Ambleside campus. There is a regular bus service (555) to and from Windermere to Ambleside, which takes around twenty minutes. Taxis can be ordered from Windermere 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 - 10:15
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.
10:00 - 10:45
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
See the academic talks tab for more information.
12:00 - 14:00
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.
10:00 - 15:00
Academic & Support Information Fair
Have a 1-to-1 with a lecturer and get to know the academic departments.
LITERATURE, ROMANTICISM AND THE ENGLISH LAKE DISTRICT
- Time: 11.00 - 12.30
- Room: Charlotte Mason Building 0.05
The landscape of the English Lake District has been a source of inspiration to generations of poets and writers. This taught Masters offers a unique opportunity to study a rich body of literary and non-literary texts within the geographical landscape.
- Time: 14.00 - 15.00
- Room: Charlotte Mason Building 0.05
Exploring how writing can help us explore a wide range of types of ‘place’, our relationship to these places, and our interaction with / experience of them.
ECOSYSTEM SERVICES EVALUATION
- Time: 11.00-12.30
- Room: Charlotte Mason Building
Understanding the value of the Earth’s natural resources is now high on the Environmental policy-making agenda across the globe. So, it goes without saying that there’s a surge in demand for those skilled in ecosystem services and management.
OUTDOOR AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING - Chris Loynes
- Time: 11.00 - 12.30
- Room: Charlotte Mason Building - Kitching
A practical workshop that will explore how outdoor experiences can be understood in ways that help practitioners unearth their full educational potential for the right people at the right time and place. This will be followed by a chance to discuss the course – what and how we teach and where it might lead you.