University's first Three Minute Thesis (3MT ®) success

University's first Three Minute Thesis (3MT ®) success

For the first time the University of Cumbria has staged a competition which highlighted a range of research PhD’s, each with a practical application, that are currently underway. The idea of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT ®) came from the University of Queensland in 2008. The winning submission was from Malabika Ghosh, the clinical lead for rehabilitation at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, who is completing a PhD which examines the rehabilitation of patients after stroke.


Posted on Friday, June 16, 2017

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Ultrasound research prompts significant debate

Ultrasound research prompts significant debate

Research work which examined the visual perception of babies in the womb carried out at the University of Cumbria ultrasound laboratory in Lancaster and Blackpool Victoria Hospital has prompted significant international interest.


Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Vivienne Westwood brings climate change debate to Cumbria

Vivienne Westwood brings climate change debate to Cumbria

British icon, entrepreneur and fashion guru Vivienne Westwood entertained a packed audience at the University of Cumbria in Ambleside when she spoke about her passion for the environment. In a wide-ranging and sometimes challenging discussion about life, climate change and her love of constant learning through reading, her talk enthralled an audience made up of students, staff, university supporters and fans of the designer.


Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Researchers put best foot forward at Active Ageing conference

Researchers put best foot forward at Active Ageing conference

Could low frequency high intensity interval training (HIIT) sessions and recreational dancing really help older individuals maintain optimum health in later life? That along with other pioneering and perhaps less conventional research will be discussed at the second annual Active Ageing symposium on Friday 23 June at the University of Cumbria’s Lancaster campus.


Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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National honour for Cumbrian academic

National honour for Cumbrian academic

The University of Cumbria’s director of research is preparing to deliver a prestigious lecture she describes as the pinnacle of her career so far. Professor Diane Cox, who is also the head of the university’s graduate school, is finalising her presentation for the Casson Memorial Lecture which forms part of the 41st Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ Annual Conference at the ICC, in Birmingham next week (19 & 20 June 2017


Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017

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University and Theatre by the Lake in Keswick sign memorandum of understanding

University and Theatre by the Lake in Keswick sign memorandum of understanding

The University of Cumbria and Theatre by the Lake will sign a memorandum of understanding on Thursday 15 June to formalise new ways of working between the two organisations.


Posted on Thursday, June 8, 2017

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Lottery funding to help preserve Morecambe Bay natural history

Lottery funding to help preserve Morecambe Bay natural history

The University of Cumbria along with Natural England, the Forestry Commission and Cumbria Wildlife Trust has received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the development of the South Cumbria species restoration programme. Development funding worth £174,500 has been awarded to a project aimed at developing the area’s landscape through a community-led species restoration programme; species such as the pine marten could be among those reintroduced to the Morecambe Bay area.


Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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Ageing research is front page news

Ageing research is front page news

While muscle in our bodies will change with age, keeping active in later life may well be key to fending off other illnesses and maintaining overall health. Dr Lawrence Hayes, lecturer in exercise physiology at the university, together with Dr Mark Ross of Edinburgh Napier University have written an article highlighting the subject which appears in the latest edition of Sport and Exercise Scientist.


Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Cumbria receives bronze in Teaching Excellence Framework

Cumbria receives bronze in Teaching Excellence Framework

The University of Cumbria has been awarded bronze by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which today released the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Cumbria’s bronze award shows the university is ‘delivering teaching, learning and outcomes for its students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.’


Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Rugby – the game for everyone

Rugby – the game for everyone

She may not at first glance look like a typical rugby player, but final-year occupational therapy postgraduate student Charlotte Drinkald has plenty of experience in the sport and is putting it to good use.


Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Cumbria outdoors is big in Japan

Cumbria outdoors is big in Japan

Ambleside-based reader in outdoor studies Dr Chris Loynes is a well-known figure in the UK and now in the Far East too where he was keynote speaker at the 20th Japanese Outdoor Education Society Conference. His presentation European Outdoor Education: challenged by and challenging modernity considered how outdoor education has developed over the years and how changes today threaten to undermine the benefits of the great outdoors.


Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017

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Northern Powerhouse Minister visits University of Cumbria

Northern Powerhouse Minister visits University of Cumbria

Jake Berry MP visited two of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s key projects, the University of Cumbria’s new Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) labs and Carlisle airport. The Minister also met local political and business leaders.


Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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London campus celebrates 10 years of success

London campus celebrates 10 years of success

Over 40 teachers who learned their craft in the heart of the East End of London have returned to the campus to celebrate its tenth anniversary. East India Dock Road in Tower Hamlets is home to the University of Cumbria’s London campus and the main base for a range of teacher training courses.


Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017

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Innovative university health partnership puts Cumbria in the digital vanguard

Innovative university health partnership puts Cumbria in the digital vanguard

An innovative partnership between NHS England, the University of Cumbria and an NHS social enterprise has been formed to extend the university’s digital health course. 15 students from 8 NHS Vanguard organisations ranging from the Isle of Wight to the north of England have now embarked on the course


Posted on Monday, July 3, 2017

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Icelandic student comes to Cumbria to study the outdoors

Icelandic student comes to Cumbria to study the outdoors

For a man who comes from a country known for active volcanoes, glaciers and spectacular waterfalls Andri Numason might be forgiven for finding the Cumbrian landscape tame by comparison. But the Icelandic University of Cumbria outdoors education student loves the Lake District and has just spent a week exploring the area while studying an MA in the subject.


Posted on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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'Exciting privilege' to be university's first director of industrial strategy

'Exciting privilege' to be university's first director of industrial strategy

The university’s first director of industrial strategy, professional development and skills has a brief which includes a mission to recruit more students to study apprenticeships and expand the university’s interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM.) Professor Andy Gale is also aiming to increase Cumbria's international appeal which could lead to students from the county spending time studying abroad.


Posted on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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Students say it's never too old too late to learn

Students say it's never too old too late to learn

For the first time in Cumbria mature university students are aiming to prove that you’re never too old to learn. A team, made up of students from the University of Cumbria who’ve all either come to higher education in later life, has been formed to spread the word at events across the county.


Posted on Thursday, July 6, 2017

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Digital research shared at King's Fund conference

Digital research shared at King's Fund conference

Work by the University of Cumbria’s digital health team to reduce the amount of time expectant mothers spend travelling for scans is to be showcased at the King's Fund Digital Health and Care Congress (July 11-12 2017.)


Posted on Friday, July 7, 2017

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University shortlisted for environmental award

University shortlisted for environmental award

Reducing the amount of water used and donating to charity at the same time has seen the University of Cumbria shortlisted in the 2017 Green Gown awards. The awards are administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) to support sustainability in the education sector.


Posted on Friday, July 7, 2017

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University prepares for celebratory summer graduation ceremony

University prepares for celebratory summer graduation ceremony

A dynamic designer, a leading researcher who's worked on the cause of cancer and medal winning Paralympian are among Honorary Fellows who will join over 1,000 students who will receive their degrees and awards in Carlisle Cathedral next week


Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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University webpage launched to mark 10th anniversary

University webpage launched to mark 10th anniversary

A webpage set up to mark the 10th anniversary of the formation of the University of Cumbria featuring a timeline, videos and a comprehensive guide to celebratory events has been launched. Events planned for the year include a city centre pop-up campus, service at Carlisle Cathedral and an exhibition made up of artefacts from the university archives.


Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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 Asia Pacific 'opportunities are there for the taking.'

Asia Pacific 'opportunities are there for the taking.'

Collaborations between Cumbria and the Asia Pacific region may emerge following a trip by the University of Cumbria’s newly appointed director of industrial strategy. Professor Andy Gale met with members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore where he discussed areas of interest which could benefit the country and university.


Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2017

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Successful ceremonies mark summer graduation

Successful ceremonies mark summer graduation

Proud parents and friends have joined thousands of students who’ve graduated from the University of Cumbria this week. The first students to graduate as part of the innovative Project Academy; a record seven first class honours graduates passing from the National School of Forestry – just two success stories of many more recorded during the eight ceremonies to take place in the magnificent setting of Carlisle Cathedral.


Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Top class result for inspiring student who overcame adversity

Top class result for inspiring student who overcame adversity

A student who overcame debilitating anxiety, lack of money and PTSD has obtained a first class honours degree and top award from the University of Cumbria. Millie Lepic served with the RAF in Iraq but underwent treatment at the military medical rehabilitation centre at Hedley Court and was subsequently discharged. So inspired was she by those who helped her that Millie decided she wanted to learn how to help others who have also experienced the trauma she had.


Posted on Friday, July 21, 2017

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Former University of Cumbria student wins prestigious scholarship to study in USA

Former University of Cumbria student wins prestigious scholarship to study in USA

Louise Lavictoire, recently awarded a PhD through the University of Cumbria, is about to take her family on an American adventure following the news that she has received an ‘All Disciplines Scholar Award’ from the Fulbright Commission. The scholarship will enable her to carry out research at Missouri State University.


Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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New Cumbrian location for national statistics workshop

New Cumbrian location for national statistics workshop

The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) is moving location of its celebrated R and statistics workshop to the University of Cumbria. The course is a two-day practical techniques course aimed at postgraduate students in the animal sciences who want to learn R and refresh their knowledge of statistics.


Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017

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Lake District executive joins university as interim marketing and recruitment head

Lake District executive joins university as interim marketing and recruitment head

A top Lake District National Park Authority(LDNPA) official is joining the University of Cumbria as interim director of marketing and recruitment. Jayne Pugh, formerly Head of People and Communications at the LDNPA will start the role on Monday 31 July.


Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017

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Craig’s epic bike journey “so worth it!”

Craig’s epic bike journey “so worth it!”

For someone who didn’t even own a bike, signing up for a Lands’ End to John O’Groats cycle ride sounds like an odd decision, but as University of Cumbria senior nursing lecturer Craig Betton puts it, “I hadn’t done much cycling, but I was up for a challenge!”


Posted on Monday, August 7, 2017

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Lake District campus to host new geography course

Lake District campus to host new geography course

Home to England’s highest mountain and deepest lake, Cumbria has some of the most dramatic landscape in the world. Recently awarded World Heritage Status, the Lake District is set to be home to what must surely rank as the country’s best place to study geography.


Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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New Lancaster teaching block ready for work

New Lancaster teaching block ready for work

The development of a £9million teaching block on the Lancaster campus of the University of Cumbria is just weeks away from opening. Featuring a 222 seat state of the art lecture theatre, class rooms and quiet study space the building is now ready to welcome new students in September. The facility will be called the Sentamu Teaching Block in honour of the university’s chancellor, the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.


Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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University marks tenth birthday with 300-mile torch relay

University marks tenth birthday with 300-mile torch relay

The University of Cumbria turns 10 years old on Tuesday 1 August and to mark this momentous milestone, it’s connecting its five campuses from London to Cumbria with a 300-mile torch relay.


Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017

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City park 'green exercise' project brings growing benefits

City park 'green exercise' project brings growing benefits

A ‘green exercise’ project in Lancaster to investigate the mental and physical benefits of volunteering that began as a six-week long pilot scheme almost seven years ago is the subject of a second research paper. Williamson Park, situated opposite the Lancaster campus of the University of Cumbria, has been the focus for the ‘Greenfingers’ project, which set out to investigate the physical, mental and social health benefits of participation in conservation volunteering. The study also examined t


Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017

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