Fine art friends win prestigious British Council Fellowships for world-famous Venice Biennale

Fine art friends win prestigious British Council Fellowships for world-famous Venice Biennale

Best friends Aimee McCallum and Lauren Wilson will spend a month immersed in and working at the world-famous Venice Biennale when it takes place later this year. The fine art students have been awarded Venice Fellowships by the British Council. Held in one of the world’s most romantic and architecturally important cities, the Venice Biennale has a history stretching back more than 120 years and is recognised as one of the world’s most important artistic events.


Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2019

Tagged Art and Design, Carlisle, Media Arts, Performing Arts

Social work leaders visit Milan for European research project

Social work leaders visit Milan for European research project

Social work academics have gathered in Milan as part of an ongoing research project involving four countries across Europe. The research group involving a team from the University of Cumbria is exploring how prepared social work students are for placements and their future careers ahead of a European conference in April.


Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2019

Tagged Carlisle, Children and Families, Community Work, Health and Wellbeing, Psychology, Social Science

Carlisle Culture – Experts say ‘be brave’ and bold in vision for future

Carlisle Culture – Experts say ‘be brave’ and bold in vision for future

Two leading experts have told civic, business, community and cultural figures from across Carlisle to ‘be brave’ and bold as work continues to develop a cultural vision for the city. Wayne Hemingway MBE and Nicky Chance-Thompson, chief executive of The Piece Hall Trust in Halifax, have been discussing the issue of Creative and Cultural Economy during the latest Carlisle Culture event.


Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tagged Art and Design, Business, Carlisle, Humanities, Media Arts

Marine biologist dives into new science role

Marine biologist dives into new science role

A marine biologist has secured her dream job in which she hopes to excite Cumbrian school children about science. Caroline Sharples, 31, is taking up a new position as academic lead for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) outreach at the University of Cumbria. Her job will show young people how exciting these subjects are and how they permeate every aspect of our lives. The role forms part of the university’s commitment to create more opportunities for young people to parti


Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tagged Research, Science

Carlisle Culture – How can Carlisle capitalise on creative industries?

Carlisle Culture – How can Carlisle capitalise on creative industries?

How can Carlisle build upon its arts, heritage and cultural assets – including 200 new graduates every year – to boost the local, regional and national economy as creative industries continue to smash UK records? Business leaders are invited to join a panel of influential figures next Tuesday (12 March) at the University of Cumbria to explore how they can help Carlisle thrive through developing creative industries and related infrastructure. Guests include designer Wayne Hemingway MBE.


Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2019

Tagged Media Arts, Performing Arts

UK farming expert wins Churchill Fellowship to learn lessons from Far East

UK farming expert wins Churchill Fellowship to learn lessons from Far East

Upland farming expert Dr Lois Mansfield, director of the University of Cumbria's Ambleside campus, is today unveiled as one of 150 people across the UK to be awarded a prestigious 2019 Churchill Fellowship. She will use her award to travel to Japan to learn about the country's approach to rural development. Churchill Fellowships are awarded to people who are recognised as being ‘uniquely qualified by their real-life experience’ to head overseas to learn about issues affecting the UK.


Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, IFLAS, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Paramedic, Research

Two inspirational students make the cut for national nursing awards

Two inspirational students make the cut for national nursing awards

Two nursing students from the University of Cumbria have made the shortlist for the prestigious Student Nursing Times Awards 2019. Diana Heyes, 50, and Lucia Scull, 27, are up for ‘Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health’, respectively at this year’s awards.


Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tagged Nursing

‘Next generation’ student environmentalist selected for prestigious lecture

‘Next generation’ student environmentalist selected for prestigious lecture

A University of Cumbria student touted as ‘the next generation of speakers’ has been selected to give a microlecture on adventure and discovery at the Royal Geographic Society (RGS). Originally from Norfolk, Taylor Butler-Eldridge, 25, will share his experience of working with Surfer’s Against Sewage inspiring school children in Cornwall and educating them about the impact of plastic pollution on marine ecology.


Posted on Monday, March 4, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Community Work, Conservation, Education, Health and Wellbeing, Outdoor Studies, Science, Student Life

Graduates celebrate Royal Television Society awards success

Graduates celebrate Royal Television Society awards success

Two graduates from the University of Cumbria are celebrating wins at the annual Royal Television Society (RTS) North East and Border Awards. Amon Shaw and Tom Strachan were among those recognised at the glittering 2019 RTS event, which took place at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead hotel. More than 400 people attended the event including actress Brenda Blethyn, star of ITV’s Vera, and a host of familiar faces from regional news centres such as ITV Border and BBC’s Look North.


Posted on Friday, March 1, 2019

Tagged Art and Design, Carlisle, Lancaster, Media Arts

Government minister Nick Gibb and author Frank Cottrell Boyce to top the bill at pioneering Northern education conference

Government minister Nick Gibb and author Frank Cottrell Boyce to top the bill at pioneering Northern education conference

Schools minister Nick Gibb and award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce will deliver keynote speeches in Carlisle next month when the city hosts one of the biggest events of its kind in northern England. The Northern Lights conference will celebrate good practice and explore the biggest issues faced by schools and educationalists across the region. The University of Cumbria’s Institute of Education is staging the event in partnership with the St Ninian Catholic Federation.


Posted on Monday, March 4, 2019

Tagged Carlisle, Education

Sepsis specialist returns to teach nurses of the future

Sepsis specialist returns to teach nurses of the future

Five years ago Stacey Wilson fulfilled a childhood ambition to become a nurse when she qualified upon graduating from the University of Cumbria. Six months ago Stacey secured promotion and she is now one of two sepsis nurse specialists who oversee the care and treatment of more than 3,000 patients per month at north Cumbria’s two main hospitals. On Monday (25 February), Stacey will be on site talking about recognising sepsis and patient care.


Posted on Friday, February 22, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Midwifery, Nursing

Boost to health research with launch of new support service

Boost to health research with launch of new support service

A service to help researchers in north Cumbria secure funding for health and social care research is launching in Carlisle later this month. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service North East and North Cumbria is launching at The University of Cumbria’s Fusehill Street Campus in Carlisle on Thursday 28 February.


Posted on Monday, February 18, 2019

Tagged Health and Wellbeing, Research

Award-winning PGCE student secures role at prestigious independent school

Award-winning PGCE student secures role at prestigious independent school

Deepening her teaching knowledge and understanding by completing a University of Cumbria distance learning course has helped an award-winning student secure a role at one of the country’s most prestigious independent schools. Amy Bishop, who completed her PGCE (non QTS) qualification with the University of Cumbria, is working at King Edward’s School, Birmingham.


Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019

Tagged Education, Graduation

Summit for Cumbrian SMEs innovating county’s visitor economy

Summit for Cumbrian SMEs innovating county’s visitor economy

Up to 100 Cumbrian businesses will be inspired this week to accelerate and develop ideas, products and services for the one of the county’s biggest industries – tourism. The visitor economy is worth billions every year to the region and the University of Cumbria and Lancaster University are working in partnership in a European-backed project - Cumbria Innovations Platform - to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that are seeking to grow and innovate.


Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019

Tagged Business

Carlisle photography students light up Theatre by the Lake

Carlisle photography students light up Theatre by the Lake

Photography students from Carlisle are exhibiting their talents in a new exhibition at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake. The ‘Theatre of Light' exhibition features work of second year photography students from the University of Cumbria as they explore the transformational potential of light, inspired by the theatre itself.


Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019

Tagged Art and Design, Education, Employability

University to start new research into approaches for early diagnosis of cancer

University to start new research into approaches for early diagnosis of cancer

The University of Cumbria is proud to announce that it is starting new research that will help to shape future national NHS cancer services. The university’s Health and Social Care Evaluations (HASCE) team has secured £50,000 from the Northern Cancer Alliance (NCA) for the nine-month ‘Vague Symptoms Pathways Research’ project. Academics will explore the implementation of several specialist multi-disciplinary diagnostic centres in northern England.


Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019

Tagged Health and Wellbeing, Research, Social Science

New study seeks male post-break up domestic abuse experiences

New study seeks male post-break up domestic abuse experiences

An expert who brought into public consciousness the little-known area of male domestic abuse, is extending her research to explore men’s experience of abuse continuing after a relationship ends. Dr Liz Bates from the University of Cumbria is seeking men to contribute their real-life experiences of aggression and control perpetrated by female ex-partners.


Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tagged Psychology, Research

West End hit musical sees new star in miniature

West End hit musical sees new star in miniature

A smash hit musical has a pocket-sized star at London’s Apollo Theatre courtesy of a University of Cumbria performing arts graduate. Crowds flocking to Shaftesbury Avenue to see award-winning Everybody’s Talking About Jamie could meet-up with a celebrity doll depicting the show’s lead. The brainchild of Stee Leahy, 26, who worked his Jamie lookalike from a 16inch Barbie-type doll, the model has brought widespread acclaim and clamours for copies.


Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Art and Design, Employability, Performing Arts

University welcomes visitors in Anglo-French student exchange

University welcomes visitors in Anglo-French student exchange

Two masters students from France are getting an insight into the English education system thanks to an exchange link with the University of Cumbria. Hélène Boos and Samantha Pallas, who are studying at the ESPE Aquitaine (École Supérieure du Professorat et de l'Éducation) based in Bordeaux, are spending two weeks in a primary school in Lancaster.


Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019

Tagged Children and Families, Education, Lancaster

Flagship BBC Radio 4 programme Any Questions? heads to Carlisle

Flagship BBC Radio 4 programme Any Questions? heads to Carlisle

On Friday, 15 March 2019, BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? will be broadcasting live from the Stanwix Theatre on the University of Cumbria’s Brampton Road campus in Carlisle. The weekly programme – the station’s flagship political panel show – features a diverse panel of personalities and speakers who answer questions from an audience.


Posted on Monday, January 28, 2019

Tagged Art and Design, Media Arts

Artist calls for personal keepsakes to create collective memory bank

Artist calls for personal keepsakes to create collective memory bank

Carlisle based artist, Jan Marshall 55, is making an unusual request of staff, students and local residents living near the University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle. She wants their keepsakes and mementoes to set into resin ‘bricks’, which together she will use to form a series of colourful and original sculptures to transform the university campus.


Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Art and Design, Carlisle, Community Work, Education, Health and Wellbeing

University chief makes top northern female power list

University chief makes top northern female power list

A female leader from the University of Cumbria has made the Northern Power Women 2019 Power List. Jackie Arnold MBE, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Region and Employer Engagement at the University of Cumbria has won a place on the highly desirable and respected list.


Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tagged Business, Employability

Budding photographer, Hannah, recognised with national award

Budding photographer, Hannah, recognised with national award

A young photography student’s stunning photograph has been recognised with a top award from one of the world’s leading landscape photographers. Hannah Faith Jackson (18), a first year photography student at the University of Cumbria, won the ‘Living the View’ Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018, youth category.


Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tagged Art and Design, Student Life

Bespoke teacher training scheme brings improvements for Cumbrian school federation

Bespoke teacher training scheme brings improvements for Cumbrian school federation

Trainee and newly-qualified teachers from Northern Ireland are helping to improve education delivered by a family of Catholic primary schools in Cumbria. Increasing numbers of trainee teachers from Northern Ireland who have enrolled on the Primary PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) course at the University of Cumbria are supporting a Carlisle school federation.


Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2019

Tagged Education

Teacher training link with Northern Ireland reaches 10-year milestone

Teacher training link with Northern Ireland reaches 10-year milestone

An initiative that helps train new teachers from Northern Ireland is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. The University of Cumbria has been working to meet a demand from prospective students in Northern Ireland for postgraduate primary teacher training for the last decade.


Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Tagged Education, Northern Ireland

Emmy award-winning adventure film-maker heads to Carlisle

Emmy award-winning adventure film-maker heads to Carlisle

An Emmy award-winning adventure cinematographer will share exciting tales of his life behind a lens when he visits Carlisle this month. Highly respected by some of the world's top mountaineers, Keith Partridge has worked in some of the world's most hostile and spectacular environments and helped create more than 60 films.


Posted on Monday, January 7, 2019

Tagged Media Arts, Research, Student Hub

Designers inspiring students as gaming industry booms

Designers inspiring students as gaming industry booms

The next generation of video game designers will learn from some of the best in the business at an event in Carlisle this week. Two leading figures are visiting the University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts, when the winners of its GameJam competition will be announced.


Posted on Monday, January 14, 2019

Tagged Media Arts, Performing Arts

Soundscape research brings the countryside to life

Soundscape research brings the countryside to life

Could a soundscape, presented using state of the art technology, help encourage more young people to take an active interest in the countryside? A collaboration between the University of Cumbria, University for the Creative Arts, Glyndwr University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Albion Outdoors funded by the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST) has seen academics focus on nature and biodiversity.


Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2018

Tagged Conservation, Geography, Outdoor Studies, Research

Pioneering Lake District research collaboration underway

Pioneering Lake District research collaboration underway

Three pioneering students whose work will help develop a greater understanding of the priceless Cumbrian environment have begun their research. The University of Cumbria is collaborating with Friends of the Lake District, the South Cumbria Rivers Trust and Portable Ecosystems Ltd to offer the innovative MSc programmes.


Posted on Monday, December 17, 2018

Tagged Outdoor Studies, Research

Top level delegation aims to foster closer ties between China and Cumbria

Top level delegation aims to foster closer ties between China and Cumbria

An exciting collaboration between the University of Cumbria and Chinese universities was strengthened further following a successful visit led by Vice Chancellor Professor Julie Mennell. During an intensive four-day visit, a team from Cumbria visited four universities to further existing partnership, focussed on students and staff travelling to China and vice versa to engage in academic work.


Posted on Monday, December 17, 2018

Tagged Forestry, Health and Wellbeing

International recognition for Lancaster radiography researchers

International recognition for Lancaster radiography researchers

Radiography researchers from the Lancaster campus of the University of Cumbria are celebrating after winning one of the inaugural prizes awarded by an internationally recognised discussion group. In March Lancaster-based academics Dr Charles Sloan and Dr Paul Miller invited discussions around a paper entitled Are Recent Radiography Grads ‘fit for purpose?’ The online community voted by a significant margin this week that this was the ‘favourite chat’ in recognition of the debate it prompted.


Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2018

Tagged Radiography, Research

Ambleside talks aim to showcase research work underway at university

Ambleside talks aim to showcase research work underway at university

Talks on the value of time spent outside and the health and the wellbeing benefits for primary school age children learning in the great outdoors are among a series of talks to be held at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus in 2019. The professoriate lectures are a new initiative aimed at appealing to students and locals alike. The lecture series provides an opportunity for Professors at the University of Cumbria to share insights into their work and research and its impact on society.


Posted on Friday, December 21, 2018

Tagged IFLAS, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Research