Nostalgia marks nonagenarian’s visit

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.


Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Education

Sea kayaking for health and wellbeing

Sea kayaking for health and wellbeing

Growing up near wide, white beaches in northern Denmark left an indelible mark on Lisbeth Lund who turned to sea kayaking for a key study into health and wellbeing. The University of Cumbria masters’ student hopes her experiences paddling around Barra in the Outer Hebrides will help aid a western world suffering a raft of medical and lifestyle related conditions.


Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Health and Wellbeing, Outdoor Studies

German nurses association in fact-finding mission to UK

German nurses association in fact-finding mission to UK

A delegation from the German equivalent of the British Nursing Association visited the UK last week on a fact-finding mission that could pave the way for major changes to the healthcare system in Germany.


Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Tagged Health and Wellbeing, Nursing

Japanese manga illustrator set to inspire Cumbrian artists of the future

Japanese manga illustrator set to inspire Cumbrian artists of the future

A Japanese manga artist admired for unique gothic-cute artworks is sharing the secrets of her success with students of the University of Cumbria, ahead of appearing at an international comic art festival at the weekend.


Posted on Monday, October 7, 2019

Tagged Art and Design

University marks World Mental Health Day 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.


Posted on Monday, October 7, 2019

Tagged Health and Wellbeing, Lancaster, Nursing

Green warriors get gold star recognition

Green warriors get gold star recognition

Eco warriors who have established a nature reserve and planted a community woodland have had their efforts recognised in a major awards ceremony. Ambleside Conservation Society, made up of University of Cumbria students, was hailed in a prestigious North West Charity Awards ceremony in Manchester.


Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Tagged Conservation

University develops Lakes literary powerhouse

University develops Lakes literary powerhouse

Literary passion and talent which made the Lake District a magnet for some of the greatest writers and artists of their time are about to be showcased in rousing rhetoric. Looking at the inspiration behind a cultural landscape of international fame, a series of talks at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus is set to share the genius of past masters and present purveyors of literature and art. Renowned poet, academic, and biographer, Dr Grevel Lindop, gets the ball rolling on 7 October.


Posted on Monday, September 30, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Art and Design, Media Arts

Chief nursing officer meets workforce of the future on first university visit

Chief nursing officer meets workforce of the future on first university visit

The Chief Nursing Officer for England chose the University of Cumbria for her first visit to a university, to welcome the latest cohort of north-west trainee nurses who will go on to form the future workforce.


Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Tagged Nursing

Bafta award-winning Peaky Blinders gives boost to illustrator

Bafta award-winning Peaky Blinders gives boost to illustrator

Television’s Tommy Shelby – the kingpin character of BAFTA award-winning Peaky Blinders – is giving graduate illustrator Harry G Ward a career boost. A digital painting by the 23-year-old – entitled ‘Cracks’ - is gracing billboards on roadsides up and down the country as well as the BBC’s digital, online and social platforms as part of a major publicity campaign by the broadcaster to promote the fifth series of screenwriter Steven Knight’s crime-gang drama.


Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Art and Design, Carlisle, Media Arts, Undergraduate

Cumbrian couple’s 1,000 mile bike ride aids African school children

Cumbrian couple’s 1,000 mile bike ride aids African school children

A 1,000-mile cycle ride from the English Lake District to Italy’s Lake Garda is helping to provide African schoolchildren with one of the basics for learning – desks. Jamie Hodge, research development manager at the University of Cumbria, spent a chunk of the late summer cycling with wife Sophie, who works for the Diocese of Carlisle, raising funds for Dedza Local Authority School. Their fundraising figure has already topped £1,600.


Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Carlisle, Lancaster, Research

STEM in schools receives boost from global LEGO competition

STEM in schools receives boost from global LEGO competition

Increasing numbers of schoolchildren are taking part in an international STEM competition based on the popularity of LEGO thanks to a collaboration between University of Cumbria, C-STEM and the west Cumbrian-based REACT Foundation.


Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2019

Tagged Carlisle, Science

Spearheading drive for super skills in tourism

Spearheading drive for super skills in tourism

University of Cumbria is set to become one of the country’s first universities to rise to the challenge of helping meet the demands of a £3billion tourist economy and 65,000-strong workforce. Sitting in the heart of a World Heritage site, the university’s Ambleside campus is about to welcome students from across the tourism and hospitality industry, keen to boost a global visitor destination – and its skills’ pool


Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Business, IFLAS

First day at university for tomorrow’s teachers

First day at university for tomorrow’s teachers

Aspiring teachers have flocked in their hundreds to start their training with the University of Cumbria. As millions of schoolchildren return to classes this week, around 700 students have arrived on the university’s campuses in Lancaster, Carlisle and London to register on courses to further their own education and development.


Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tagged Carlisle, Children and Families, Education, Lancaster, London, Northern Ireland

New research suggests light at end of the tunnel for abuse survivors

New research suggests light at end of the tunnel for abuse survivors

New research suggests that many adult survivors of childhood abuse overcome its challenging after-effects and go on to lead positive lives.


Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Tagged Social Science

Leading university role for national uplands expert

Leading university role for national uplands expert

One of England’s most influential uplands and common ground specialists, with close links to the Prince of Wales, is embarking on a pioneering role at University of Cumbria (UoC). Dr Julia Aglionby said she was thrilled to become a Professor of Practice at a time of great challenge and opportunity, explaining the appointment signaled a sea change for the national organisations she spearheads - and an exciting collaborative future.


Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Education, Employability, Forestry, Geography, Health and Wellbeing, IFLAS

Coining in on classroom conceived cash

Coining in on classroom conceived cash

A classroom developed currency is making inroads at the university where an innovative masters student dreamed up and developed the concept of a Lake District pound.


Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Education

University signs Armed Forces Covenant

University signs Armed Forces Covenant

The University of Cumbria has made a formal pledge to support the armed forces community. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise to ensure that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.


Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tagged Community Work, Paramedic, Radiography

Japan offers upland farm solutions to Brexit embroiled Britain

Japan offers upland farm solutions to Brexit embroiled Britain

Crashing out of the EU without a deal will leave the countryside in ruins says an uplands farming expert on her return from a major factfinding visit to Japan.


Posted on Monday, August 19, 2019

Tagged Ambleside

Film students get once in a lifetime opportunity to work on TV documentary

Film students get once in a lifetime opportunity to work on TV documentary

Two students could not believe their luck when they secured the chance to work on the final instalment of smash hit TV trilogy, ‘Life of a Mountain’, with revered Cumbrian film-maker, Terry Abraham.


Posted on Monday, August 19, 2019

Tagged Art and Design, Wildlife Media

University goes on the road for a summer of festival fun

University goes on the road for a summer of festival fun

Staff and students are hitting the road to give people a glimpse of what life is like at the University of Cumbria. The ‘Up and Coming’ interactive roadshow is criss-crossing the north of England and beyond this summer. People have the opportunity to don VR headsets and take virtual tours of campuses and facilities. They can also meet academics who are leading taster sessions and giving a flavour of the learning experiences that await prospective students once courses start after Clearing.


Posted on Friday, August 9, 2019

Tagged Applications, Clearing

Global focus for Lakes’ survival trailblazer

Global focus for Lakes’ survival trailblazer

A Lake District-based bushcraft expert has spoken to leading international figures and specialists in military survival at a global gathering in Canada. A lecturer in outdoor studies at University of Cumbria (UoC), Dr Lisa Fenton told around 300 delegates from across America, Canada, the UK, Sweden, Norway and Holland about a ‘transformative’ process linking people back to the natural world.


Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Conservation, Geography, Outdoor Studies, Research, Science

Special needs teacher training leads to success for Shelby

Special needs teacher training leads to success for Shelby

A course is helping to provide a new generation of teachers with expertise in the fields of special needs and inclusion. Shelby Mercer is a member of the BA (Hons) Primary Education with SEND and Inclusion class of 2019 to graduate this summer. Shelby, 26, has achieved a first-class honours degree and has secured a role in the outstanding and award-winning special school where she has done some of her training, Highfurlong School in her native Blackpool.


Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Children and Families, Education, Graduation, Lancaster

Delivering healthcare at home hits the right note for singer Sarah

Delivering healthcare at home hits the right note for singer Sarah

Supporting patients in her local community is the reward for newly qualified occupational therapist Sarah Morton. Sarah, a singer from Alston, is delighted to have landed her first job in the NHS upon graduating from the University of Cumbria. Her appointment with the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will see 30-year-old Sarah work with patients in hospitals at Hexham and Haltwhistle.


Posted on Monday, August 5, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Carlisle, Health and Wellbeing, Occupational Therapy

‘Eye opening’ Cambodian hospital experience secures dream job for Jessica

‘Eye opening’ Cambodian hospital experience secures dream job for Jessica

A student nurse who visited Cambodia on a Work the World placement returned to the news she had secured her dream job as a nurse at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary, well ahead of her graduation in November. Jessica Everett, 23, from Penrith, who is a third year adult nursing student at the University of Cumbria, scored a highly sort-after role on Beech Oncology and Haematology ward at the hospital and will take up her position in September.


Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019

Tagged Carlisle, Nursing

Retired Lancashire policeman returns to his home beat to train officers of the future

Retired Lancashire policeman returns to his home beat to train officers of the future

For the first time, those with ambitions of pursuing a police career as officers or in other roles are invited to enrol on a BSc (Hons) Professional Policing course at the university’s campus in Bowerham Road, Lancaster. The introduction of the three-year course at Lancaster in September comes ahead of a national change in entry requirements for police recruits and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit 20,000 new officers.


Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019

Tagged Policing

Triumphing over adversity

Triumphing over adversity

University was always going to be a challenge for Dominic Bingham who had been at a school for the deaf before starting his outdoor adventure and environment degree. And at a graduation ceremony in Carlisle Cathedral, he celebrated his triumph over adversity, especially remembering his father Mark who died last year.


Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019

Tagged Graduation, Health and Wellbeing, Outdoor Studies

The desire to teach – it’s in the family!

The desire to teach – it’s in the family!

A North Yorkshire couple who found love whilst training to be teachers in the Lake District almost 30 years ago have returned to Cumbria to watch their daughter graduate. Katie Pritchard-Jenkins, 21, has completed her BSc Outdoor Adventure and Environment degree at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus and is planning to follow her parents’ example and become a teacher. Her proud parents Adam and Gill trained at the same site 30 years ago when it was known as Charlotte Mason College.


Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Education, Outdoor Studies, Undergraduate

Conservation award named after courageous graduate

Conservation award named after courageous graduate

Probing Britain’s rarest freshwater fish has seen one of University of Cumbria’s first marine and freshwater conservation students awarded a prestigious memorial prize. Sam Poultney, from Staffordshire, said it was a privilege to receive the award named after Sarah McClay, the UoC graduate who died after being attacked by a tiger at the South Cumbrian zoo where she worked.


Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Conservation, Science

‘Unprecedented’ grade for aspiring environmental academic

‘Unprecedented’ grade for aspiring environmental academic

A student achieved the seemingly impossible, not only achieving a first class degree, but earning an ‘unprecedented’ mark of 100% for his dissertation, winning him a top award at the University of Cumbria’s graduation ceremonies and the admiration of academics.


Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Education, Outdoor Studies

Carlisle councillor Calvin graduates with vision for fairer society

Carlisle councillor Calvin graduates with vision for fairer society

A newly elected councillor from Carlisle was one of 1000 students to graduate in spectacular setting of Carlisle Cathedral last week. Calvin Rodgerson, 21, from Carlisle was elected to the ward of Newtown and Morton North in May, and a mere two months later graduated with a degree in social work.


Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tagged Graduation, Social Science

World’s ‘best job’ beckons

World’s ‘best job’ beckons

As a young girl Amelia Murphy dislocated her knee playing football and told the paramedics who treated her that she wanted to join the emergency services. “Join us,” they quipped, “it’s the best job in the world.” She said she wished they could have seen her graduate at Carlisle Cathedral this week with a paramedic practice Diploma in Higher Education from University of Cumbria (UoC).


Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Graduation, Health and Wellbeing, Paramedic

Nigerian scholars in Cumbrian celebration

Nigerian scholars in Cumbrian celebration

There was never any question that David Osarhieme Nduka-Oladiti would study for a degree, it was almost in his DNA. A tradition set by his grandfather of moving from Nigeria to attend an English university, most family members followed, gaining a Masters in a diverse range of subjects. After moving to London with his mother from Nigeria’s Benin City as a child, no one could have imagined David wouldn’t study in the capital when the time came - until he discovered 'the greenness' of Cumbria.


Posted on Friday, July 19, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Graduation, Social Science