New students will bring 'vitality and vibrancy' to Cumbria and north Lancashire

New students will bring 'vitality and vibrancy' to Cumbria and north Lancashire

Carlisle, Lancaster and Ambleside are set to welcome an influx of twelve hundred new students who will join the University of Cumbria for the first time this week (16 September.) Studying subjects ranging from arts to zoology and joining from all over the UK, the new arrivals will bring added vibrancy to the communities they will call home for the next few years.


Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2018

Tagged Student Life

Mental Health Festival underway

Mental Health Festival underway

‘A very deliberate message’ the view of the head of the University of Cumbria’s department of health Dr Louise Nelson speaking at the start of a two-day festival of mental health. The event, held at the Lancaster campus on Wednesday 10 October – World Mental Health Day – and on Thursday 11 was organised together by the university’s mental health teaching and support staff and is thought to be the first of its kind.


Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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Satirical comic artist exhibits retrospective in Cumbria

Satirical comic artist exhibits retrospective in Cumbria

Luke McGarry, best-known for internet meme sensation, Sad Chewie, and cartoons for American humour magazine, Mad, is exhibiting 31 at 31, a retrospective of his work from the last decade at the Vallum Gallery.


Posted on Monday, October 8, 2018

Tagged Art and Design

University offers open access to wealth of research work

University offers open access to wealth of research work

A portal that at the touch of a button allows free access to a varied wealth of research, carried out by students and staff at Cumbria’s university, is being celebrated this month From pieces of work examining mental illness and the role society plays in health to considering how to tackle a condition affecting primates in sub-Saharan Africa, there are thousands of thought-provoking items held online. Known as Insight the University of Cumbria’s digital repository is nearly ten years old.


Posted on Monday, October 8, 2018

Tagged Student Life

BBC TV wildlife biologist to host public lecture to celebrate collaboration between university and Ambleside Natural History Society

BBC TV wildlife biologist to host public lecture to celebrate collaboration between university and Ambleside Natural History Society

Wildlife biologist and TV presenter Lizzie Daly is to come to Cumbria. The star of BBC’s Earth Unplugged and Curious Creatures will be at the Ambleside campus of the University of Cumbria on October 11 from 730pm as part of a celebration to mark a collaboration between the Ambleside Natural History Society and the University of Cumbria.


Posted on Friday, October 5, 2018

Tagged Conservation

MP and university discuss exciting future industrial development in Cumbria

MP and university discuss exciting future industrial development in Cumbria

The international opportunities for Cumbria together with the development of higher apprenticeship schemes were among topics discussed by the MP for Copeland and the University of Cumbria’s director of industrial strategy. Professor Andy Gale met Trudy Harrison MP for a wide-ranging discussion about the university’s aims and ambition.


Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tagged Community Work

University to host major UN investment event

University to host major UN investment event

The University of Cumbria is organising an event held as part of a major United Nations conference to consider world investment this month. The UN headquarters in Geneva will play host to the World Investment Forum 2018 on 24 October which will draw together heads of states along with ministers, the chief executives of multi-national organisations,


Posted on Monday, October 1, 2018

Tagged IFLAS

University plans to expand library stock

University plans to expand library stock

The University of Cumbria is looking to increase the number of physical and digital books held in libraries on all campuses. The initiative, called Get More Books, is aimed at helping undergraduate and postgraduate students enjoy wider access to relevant reading material irrespective of which course they are studying or where.


Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tagged Student Life

Ultimate trip for frisbee playing occupational therapy student

Ultimate trip for frisbee playing occupational therapy student

A student at the University of Cumbria has just competed alongside 3,500 competitors from 36 countries in the World Championship event for ultimate frisbee. Laura Triggs is studying a masters in occupational therapy and was able to juggle studying, placements and training to compete.


Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tagged Health and Wellbeing

Abuse research work gets national coverage

Abuse research work gets national coverage

Work by University of Cumbria applied psychologist Dr Liz Bates to investigate cases of male abuse amid claims that not enough support is available to men has been featured by BBC News. BBC Inside Out North West heard from case studies with Dr Bates interviewed as part of the documentary which revealed details of a significant increase in cases reported to police.


Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tagged Social Science

Story-telling lecturer Tracy wins creativity research award

Story-telling lecturer Tracy wins creativity research award

A university lecturer has won an award for her unusual research approach at the BERA Conference 2018 at Northumbria University. Tracy uses story-telling techniques to share research findings in an engaging and easy way to understand.


Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tagged Children and Families, Community Work, Conservation, Education, Health and Wellbeing, Outdoor Studies, Research, Science

Super cool science shows aim to spark STEM imagination in Cumbria

Super cool science shows aim to spark STEM imagination in Cumbria

Feeling a cloud, making instant ice cream and blowing up a balloon may not be part of your typical school day but thousands of pupils in Cumbria are being given the chance to do just that at a series of super science shows. The events are a collaboration between the React Foundation, Robin Rigg windfarm and University of Cumbria which is poised to bring more science experience to secondary schools later this year.


Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Tagged Science

Festival of mental health receives backing from Lord Bragg

Festival of mental health receives backing from Lord Bragg

Broadcaster, author, parliamentarian and honorary fellow of the University of Cumbria Lord Melvyn Bragg has offered his support and endorsement for a Festival of Mental Health which is to take place at the university’s Lancaster campus next month. In what is thought to be a first, organisers say the event is aimed as a celebration of mental health and will bring together performing arts as well as mental health messages.


Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018

Tagged Health and Wellbeing

Paramedics and midwives invited to university event aimed at improving obstetric emergency treatment

Paramedics and midwives invited to university event aimed at improving obstetric emergency treatment

Domestic abuse during pregnancy, out-of-hospital obstetric emergencies and neonatal airway management are among subjects to be considered at a conference at the University of Cumbria aimed at paramedics and midwives. With a variety of professionals involved in this area of health the aim of the event is to remove the rigidity of professional boundaries and encourage professions to work together more closely.


Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tagged Paramedic

Renowned Cumbrian artist exhibits retrospective at university gallery

Renowned Cumbrian artist exhibits retrospective at university gallery

A celebrated Cumbrian-based artist is bringing a retrospective of his work to the University of Cumbria’s Vallum Gallery this week. Alan Stones, a Penrith-based multi-disciplinary artist will exhibit selected drawings from his back catalogue spanning 48 years.


Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tagged Art and Design, Media Arts

'Blue light' event attracts hundreds and creates buzz about emergency service, health and care careers

'Blue light' event attracts hundreds and creates buzz about emergency service, health and care careers

Students interested in a career with the emergency services and health and care sector enjoyed the chance to meet professionals at a special event held at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle. Groups from schools as well as further and higher education enjoyed talks, demonstrations and workshops staged as part of the health care and blue light careers event.


Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018

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University and partners offer collaborative research opportuinity

University and partners offer collaborative research opportuinity

The University of Cumbria is collaborating with three different organisations concerned with the environmental welfare of Cumbria to offer innovative MSc research programmes. The university’s Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas (CNPPA) is offering the opportunity of embarking on relevant, real life study by working with the Friends of the Lake District, the South Cumbria Rivers Trust and Portable Ecosystems Ltd.


Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018

Tagged CNPPA

Academic explores why it's good to laugh

Academic explores why it's good to laugh

A University of Cumbria senior lecturer in mental health will tell delegates at a specialist Royal College of Nursing Conference in Manchester that humour could help when it comes to treating mental illness. Steve McCarthy-Grunwald, senior lecturer mental health nursing studies, says used in the right way and in the right situation, humour can help patients improve their mental wellb being.


Posted on Monday, September 10, 2018

Tagged Research

Pioneering library smart card trialled at Ambleside campus

Pioneering library smart card trialled at Ambleside campus

Students joining the University of Cumbria at Ambleside will be able to make more use of the campus library this term thanks to the development of an innovative programme, which can capture information and display details on their smartphone or tablet. Staff have developed what is thought to be pioneering library ‘smart card’ which uses a quick response (QR) code to be read by digital devices.


Posted on Friday, September 14, 2018

Tagged Research, Student Life

'Fighting Philip' brings special skills to university during Fresher's week

'Fighting Philip' brings special skills to university during Fresher's week

An ‘assault’ on new theatre students will be launched by one of the country’s biggest names in fight directing. Master teacher with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, Philip d'Orléans, will share the skills of beating people up safely with University of Cumbria newcomers during Freshers’ week.


Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tagged Performing Arts

Spotlight shines on blue-light and health at careers event

Spotlight shines on blue-light and health at careers event

An event aimed at showcasing the vital work carried out by the emergency services in Cumbria and ways of becoming a part of them is to be held at the University of Cumbria. The Health Care and Blue Light offers careers advice which is intended to encourage paramedics, nurses and police officers of the future to learn more about the professions.


Posted on Monday, September 10, 2018

Tagged Applications, Community Work, Education, Employability, Midwifery, Nursing, Paramedic, Policing, Radiography

The Bond girl, a horror film and the film lecturer from Cumbria

The Bond girl, a horror film and the film lecturer from Cumbria

Sleep paralysis, a Bond girl, a university lecturer from Carlisle and a $2.5million film deal may seem to have little in common but the latest new U.S. horror release has a clear link to Cumbria. Film and TV lecturer Clive Tonge has just directed his first film which is now on show across the U.S.


Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tagged Art and Design

Ambleside campus hosts 'Poetics of Leadership' event

Ambleside campus hosts 'Poetics of Leadership' event

The Ambleside campus of the University of Cumbria was the location for a conference aimed at stimulating creativity within leaders during challenging times. Around 100 delegates from business, academia and research attended The Poetics of Leadership, a collaboration between the university’s Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS), the Crossfields Institute and the Institute of Philosophy and Aesthetics at Alanus University in Germany.


Posted on Friday, September 7, 2018

Tagged IFLAS, Research

BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time records double crop of questions at Carlisle arts campus

BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time records double crop of questions at Carlisle arts campus

A capacity audience at the Stanwix Theatre enjoyed a double treat when BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time was recorded at the popular Carlisle venue. More often used by students from the Institute of the Arts to hone their production and performance skills while studying at the University of Cumbria, Eric Robson chaired a panel of gardening experts who now offer advice on UK radio’s longest running programme.


Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Tagged Art and Design

Cumbrian zoologist identifies a first for slow worm conservation

Cumbrian zoologist identifies a first for slow worm conservation

A zoology student from the University of Cumbria is using an ingenious technique to identify individual slow worms as part of her dissertation research into conserving this seldom seen lizard.


Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Tagged Zoology

Inclusive dance show for younger audience gains high acclaim at Edinburgh Festival

Inclusive dance show for younger audience gains high acclaim at Edinburgh Festival

A dance show aimed at pre-school children has won a prestigious ‘Three Weeks Editors’ award’ at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Four go Wild in Wellies is a playful look at how friendships are built, broken and mended and features tents that have a life of their own, bobble hats, and lots of fun in wellies. The show was choreographed by Stevie Prickett, Senior Lecturer in Dance and Physical Theatre at the University of Cumbria.


Posted on Monday, September 3, 2018

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

Nigerian trip by university academic could aid literacy levels

Nigerian trip by university academic could aid literacy levels

A University of Cumbria educationalist is preparing to travel to Nigeria to speak at a conference which could help shape the country’s literacy policy. Jan Ashbridge, a principal lecturer at the Institute of Education, will fly to Abuja to explain more about phonics, a system used to teach children to read and wr


Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tagged Education

Pioneering Pro Vice Chancellor of Health appointed

Pioneering Pro Vice Chancellor of Health appointed

Professor Brian Webster-Henderson has been named as the Pro Vice Chancellor of Health to lead the establishment, strategy and operation of a new Institute of Health at the University of Cumbria. A Professor of Nursing and a recognised and established national leader in relation to nursing and health care, Professor Webster-Henderson comes to Cumbria from Edinburgh Napier University.


Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018

Tagged Health and Wellbeing

Research reveals mainly male science role models

Research reveals mainly male science role models

A study co-authored by a psychologist at the University of Cumbria has showed imagery used in children’s science books significantly features men rather than women. Researchers say this gives the impression that science is a subject for men, and that careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are unrewarding for women.


Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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Marsh mission could help combat coastal erosion

Marsh mission could help combat coastal erosion

Researchers from the University of Cumbria are among a team working to discover why some salt marshes are more resilient than others when it comes to weathering storms and coping with rising sea levels. Next week samples taken from the Lancashire coast will be analysed at one of the worlds’ largest indoor flumes, an apparatus which enables the effects of storms to be replicated under laboratory conditions, at the Leibniz University in Hannover.


Posted on Friday, August 17, 2018

Tagged Geography

Cumbrian ecologist takes leading role at U.S. animal behaviour conference

Cumbrian ecologist takes leading role at U.S. animal behaviour conference

A University of Cumbria ecologist has just returned from a prestigious conference held in the U.S. Dr Davina Hill attended the International Society for Behavioral Ecology gathering held in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she was invited to chair a session on animals’ social behaviour.


Posted on Friday, August 24, 2018

Tagged Zoology

Performing arts graduates set to make thought-provoking Carlisle Fringe debut

Performing arts graduates set to make thought-provoking Carlisle Fringe debut

To devise a theatre production in a matter of weeks is impressive. To create the set, source the props, design and make costumes, plan lighting, arrange the sound as well publicise and market it sounds impossible. Especially as the show will be staged under canvas in the middle of Carlisle city centre next week. However that is what performing arts students from the University of Cumbria have achieved as part of the forthcoming Carlisle Fringe.


Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018

Tagged Performing Arts