Masterclass: Why can’t we solve the ‘wicked problem’ of climate change?

20 November 2018 14:00 - 16:00

Ambleside campus, Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9BB

Why can’t we solve the ‘wicked problem’ of climate change?
  • Why can’t we solve the ‘wicked problem’ of climate change?
  • About our masterclass series
  • How to get here
  • Things to do in the area
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Climate change is perhaps the single biggest challenge facing humanity in the 21st Century, and is an issue that every one of us has an opinion about.

There is an overwhelming scientific consensus of the role that anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases plays in forcing climate over the past century, and there are increasingly alarmist predictions of the implications of climate change to 2100 and beyond to 2300. However, there is also a clear understanding of what needs to be done to solve this problem, and that the solutions are technically achievable and economically viable.

So why has humanity not solved climate change yet? This masterclass will explore the science and the politics of climate change, and demonstrate the role that Geographers will play in getting all of humanity to step up to, and overcome this global grand challenge.

The session will be delivered by a leading member of academic staff and has been designed for anyone who has an interest in pursuing a career in Geography.

Masterclass award

You will be awarded 16 UCAS points** for attending this masterclass.

** NB. The reduction will be applied on application and points cannot be redeemed retrospectively, if you have already applied to the University. They can only be redeemed against University of Cumbria courses linked to the masterclass.

Why attend a masterclass?

Our masterclasses are designed to give future students like you a flavour of what it is really like to study at university and hand you all that's needed to successfully step into a degree to kick-start your career. Delivered by a leading member of academic staff, these sessions are suitable for students studying A-levels and other level 3 qualifications.

From our masterclasses, you’ll:

  • Take part in real research
  • Gain an excellent example to give your personal statement the edge
  • Enrich your current studies and explore beyond the boundaries of your current knowledge
  • Sample a subject that ignites your interest and make sure it’s the correct course for you
  • Get a unique chance to push your passion further

Spaces are limited, so if you’re considering a future working in Geography, book now.

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 – see campus map.


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.

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