Upbeat meeting of North West Outdoor Learning Hub at Ambleside campus

Upbeat meeting of North West Outdoor Learning Hub at Ambleside campus

A major increase in the number of young people experiencing the great outdoors could herald the start of a ‘golden age’ for outdoor learning and bring significant improvements across communities. Members of the North West Region Outdoor Learning Research Hub for Researchers and Practitioners who met on Friday at the Ambleside campus of the University of Cumbria heard the upbeat assessment from Dr Chris Loynes, reader in outdoor studies.


Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017

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Abuse research presented at national conference

Abuse research presented at national conference

Work to investigate incidents of abuse against men by female partners has been completed with the author of the investigation concluding she’s viewed only the tip of the iceberg. Dr Liz Bates, senior lecturer in applied psychology at the University of Cumbria, began work earlier this year by looking to speak to men about their experiences. The research will be presented at the annual conference of the domestic violence charity Mankind (Nov 21) http://new.mankind.org.uk/conference/


Posted on Monday, November 20, 2017

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University industrial strategy lead calls on government to back Moorside in Budget

University industrial strategy lead calls on government to back Moorside in Budget

There are calls for clarity in this week’s Budget surrounding the future of Cumbria’s biggest industrial project. Professor Andy Gale, the University of Cumbria’s director of industrial strategy, has voiced his hope that the Moorside project will receive full support from the government.


Posted on Monday, November 20, 2017

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City centre celebration for University of Cumbria graduates and their families

City centre celebration for University of Cumbria graduates and their families

Carlisle city centre will be dressed with bunting to reflect the happy celebrations of more than 1,000 University of Cumbria students as they receive their awards and degrees in the cathedral next week.


Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Mark's gaming, waxing and swimming for Children In Need

Mark's gaming, waxing and swimming for Children In Need

It’s a brave man who volunteers to endure the pain of waxing his legs for charity but University of Cumbria sports lecturer Mark Christie is also preparing to go the extra mile in aid of BBC Children in Need. Because not only has the hirsuit academic agreed to become smooth skinned for the winter Mark’s also agreed to take part in a chill swim in Windermere to raise money for a charity he says is close to his heart.


Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017

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Student commissioned to develop Kendal Mountain Festival's green appeal

Student commissioned to develop Kendal Mountain Festival's green appeal

It’s internationally recognised, attracts some of the world’s best known outdoor experts and attracts tens of thousands of people to Cumbria. Now the Kendal Mountain Festival is to be the subject of an innovative PhD study undertaken by a University of Cumbria student which could see expertise shared around the globe.


Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2017

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Estonian teachers learn during Lancaster visit

Estonian teachers learn during Lancaster visit

A group of teachers from Kohila in Estonia have spent time in north Lancashire as guests of the University of Cumbria’s Institute of Education. The party, all preschool teachers, spent a week working with the department to see how early years and primary school teachers in the UK are trained.


Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Hazel’s striking illustration wins top award at comic art fest

Hazel’s striking illustration wins top award at comic art fest

A Cumbrian university student has beaten off stiff competition to win the top award at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival.


Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017

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Alpine Club accolade for University of Cumbria lecturer

Alpine Club accolade for University of Cumbria lecturer

Dr Grace Hurford, a senior lecturer at the University of Cumbria, has been elected to full membership of the prestigious Alpine Club. The organisation, which has been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration for 150 years, includes among its honorary members one of the university’s honorary fellows, Sir Chris Bonington, and Yvon Chouinard, climber and environmentalist and the co-founder of the outdoor-apparel company Patagonia.


Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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University scoops top nuclear award

University scoops top nuclear award

A collaboration between the University of Cumbria and Sellafield Ltd which has resulted in 600 students undergoing specialist training and the creation of new jobs has received a prestigious award. Recognition for the creation of a project academy came as part of the NDA Estate Supply Chain Event, held at EventCity in Manchester on November 2.


Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017

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University signs trans Atlantic study deal

University signs trans Atlantic study deal

The University of Cumbria has signed an agreement with the University of Texas in Dallas which could see project management students from Cumbria travel across the Atlantic to study. The memorandum of understanding between Cumbria and the Naveen Jindal School of Management, part of the University of Texas in Dallas, is the latest in a series of arrangements which it’s hoped will benefit students.


Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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University sports head features in BBC Countryfile

University sports head features in BBC Countryfile

The hidden dangers of hillwalking and a feature about whether walkers are pushing themselves too far in the search of fresh air was aired in an edition of the BBC 1 Countryfile spin off programme, Autumn Diaries (Nov 1) and featured University of Cumbria head of department medical and sport sciences Tim Barry.


Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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Students help develop health initiative in Lancaster primary schools

Students help develop health initiative in Lancaster primary schools

A collaboration between University of Cumbria students, specialist sports coaching staff and Lancaster schools has seen primary school children benefit from a keep fit activity programme. A group of second year BA (Hons) sports coaching and development students were trained by north Lancashire school sports network staff in October to plan and deliver Change4life activity sessions in two local primary schools.


Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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Interview from The Stage magazine with James Issitt, senior lecturer in Drama.

Interview from The Stage magazine with James Issitt, senior lecturer in Drama.

‘We need to develop the offer to students so that more northern and working-class actors can train’


Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017

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Inspiring Outer Hebrides sea kayak expedition

Inspiring Outer Hebrides sea kayak expedition

The rugged coastline of the far west of Scotland was the backdrop for an expedition with a difference enjoyed by students from the University of Cumbria. The sea kayak trip to the Outer Hebrides has inspired a film, journal article and presentation to be made at an international conference to be held next year in Australia.


Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Broadcaster Fiona offers real-life industry experience for university's media and performing arts students

Broadcaster Fiona offers real-life industry experience for university's media and performing arts students

‘An Evening with Fiona Armstrong’ produced by media and performing arts students took an audience of over 100 people on a journey through the life and career of the broadcaster. The University of Cumbria’s Brampton Road campus in Carlisle hosted the night in association with the RTS North East and Border.


Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Students to gain realistic court room experience

Students to gain realistic court room experience

Appearing in a court room can be a daunting experience, as much for expert witnesses and lawyers as defendants. This month (Oct 27) University of Cumbria students in social work, midwifery, law and mental health nursing courses will be making use of the atmospheric environment of the old court rooms in the Citadel, Carlisle to give them a sense of what they can expect when they qualify.


Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Dream placement for wildlife media student

Dream placement for wildlife media student

From taking snaps on holiday to using a state of the art digital camera to capture outstanding images, a University of Cumbria student is celebrating winning a prestigious placement on BBC Wildlife magazine. Already an expert wildlife journalist in the third year of her BA (Hons) Wildlife Media studies, for Rebecca Gibson, her news follows a series of successful placements.


Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017

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University academic recognised for professional excellence

University academic recognised for professional excellence

Academic Developer Nicky Meer, from Lancaster, has just been made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), an accolade that is highly regarded in the academic world.


Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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University takes part in Kendal’s comic book art festival this weekend

University takes part in Kendal’s comic book art festival this weekend

This weekend, the University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts will be showcasing its rising talent at an event that will see the whole of Kendal taken over by comic book artists from across the globe.


Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Successful HEFCE bid for more nursing degree apprenticeships

Successful HEFCE bid for more nursing degree apprenticeships

One hundred and fifty nurses could be coming to the north west following the successful bid by the University of Cumbria to the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) degree apprenticeship development fund. The University of Cumbria bid proposed partnership working with NHS trusts and FE providers across the region to identify challenges


Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Students seek consultancy challenge

Students seek consultancy challenge

A group of final year students from the University of Cumbria are looking for a challenge which could benefit businesses in north Lancashire. The group are working towards a module which aims to provide them with the opportunity to develop and apply the skills of problem solving and project management. All they need now is a project to support.


Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Lancaster's Jayne wins judo gold

Lancaster's Jayne wins judo gold

A Lancaster sports scientist is celebrating after winning gold at the British National Judo Championships competition just years after fearing she would never fight again. Jayne Wright, who works at the sports centre at the Lancaster campus of the University of Cumbria, took up the sport when she was 9 years old.


Posted on Monday, October 9, 2017

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Student fund benefits from Enterprise support

Student fund benefits from Enterprise support

A fund which provides financial support for placements, extra-curricular training and work experience for students at the University of Cumbria has received a welcome boost. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has enjoyed a relationship with the university for over a decade and has donated £1,500 to the university’s Bright Futures Fund.


Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017

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Fiona Armstrong meets John Myers at the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts

Fiona Armstrong meets John Myers at the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts

The Stanwix Theatre at the University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts campus will be transformed into a television studio on the evening of Thursday 12 October 2017. In homage to Border Television’s 1980’s daytime chatshow ‘Look Who’s Talking’ fronted by Border stalwart Derek Batey, ‘An Evening with Fiona Armstrong’ will be hosted by one of Carlisle’s best known citizens, John Myers.


Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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Cumbria achieves largest reduction in carbon emissions of any northern university

Cumbria achieves largest reduction in carbon emissions of any northern university

The University of Cumbria has received a Brite Green Top 10 University Carbon Reduction Award for efforts in reducing its carbon emissions. The university achieved second place in the national league table out of 127 other higher education institutions for reducing its absolute emissions by over 56 per cent. The university was only pipped into second place by London Metropolitan University who achieved an impressive 57 per cent reduct


Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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Preparing the future workforce

Preparing the future workforce

Health, care and emergency services have teamed up with the county’s education providers to hold a careers fair with a difference. Students in years 10-13 are invited to the healthcare and blue light event in Carlisle on Thursday for a chance to meet professionals and education leads for advice and hands on experience.


Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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Students rewild university campus

Students rewild university campus

Students and university staff might not be the only inhabitants of the University of Cumbria’s Fusehill Street campus after a group of determined students made it their mission to attract once prolific wildlife species back to the site.


Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017

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Cathedral service marks university's 10th anniversary

Cathedral service marks university's 10th anniversary

The University of Cumbria fanfare written by Professor Richard McGregor signalled the start of the latest event to mark the university’s tenth anniversary year (Thurs 28.) The magnificent setting of Carlisle Cathedral played host to the anniversary service attended by students, staff and supporters of the university. The location is familiar as a venue for the twice yearly graduation ceremonies.


Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Praise for 'memorable' science festival

Praise for 'memorable' science festival

University of Cumbria Associate Professor Dr Theo Bampouras has been describing his experience of sharing a stage with physicist and broadcaster Prof Brian Cox at the Infinity festival which took place at West Lakes Academy in Egremont (Thurs 28.)


Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017

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University motor sport partnership powers from strength to strength

University motor sport partnership powers from strength to strength

The University of Cumbria’s sport and physical activity department’s links with M-Sport Bentley have been strengthened further after an invitation by the team’s principle to assist with a 24hr race in Spa, Belgium. Sports therapy lecturer Adam Smith and third year Ba (Hons) sport rehabilitation student Alan Kay gained fantastic experience working with the elite motor sport team.


Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017

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Ash dieback conference considers impact five years on

Ash dieback conference considers impact five years on

Ash dieback is a fungal disease which has radically changed some European forests but five years after it was confirmed in the UK, how much is known about ash dieback? A conference to be held at the National School of Forestry at the Ambleside campus of the University of Cumbria next month (Nov 1) will clarify what we can do about ash dieback.


Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017

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