I Joined the Royal Navy and haven’t looked back

I Joined the Royal Navy and haven’t looked back

Class of 2016 drama and musical theatre performance graduate Lewis Hunter has recently had a dramatic career change. We caught up with him to find out how he went from the performing arts to the Royal Navy.


Posted on Friday, February 28, 2020

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Digital arts alumni launch their own games studio

Digital arts alumni launch their own games studio

Two digital arts alumni, have realised their ambitions and opened their own independent games studio and they are set to release the demo of their very first game this month.


Posted on Friday, February 28, 2020

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20 Questions

20 Questions

Our Alumni Association is enriched with a diverse range of talent, skills, experiences and unique insights. As a community of over 51,000 University of Cumbria (and legacy institution) graduates worldwide we write to ask you to come together to offer support to the newest members of our community. We are gathering support messages, profile forms, insights and experiences from our alumni to help inspire our new graduates. Can you help today by making a quickfire 20 questions video?


Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Class of 2020 support messages

Class of 2020 support messages

Our graduate community welcomes the newest members, the class of 2020, to the Alumni Association with their messages of support.


Posted on Monday, July 13, 2020

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Neil Mulhall, Ark Sailing

Neil Mulhall, Ark Sailing

Class of 2018 outdoor education graduate, Neil Mulhall, is now running his own sailing school


Posted on Friday, October 30, 2020

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What are you up to now?

What are you up to now?

Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni. Drop us an email alumni@cumbria.ac.uk to share your story.


Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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Cumbria Institute of the Arts, class of 2007 alumnus, publishes his first book

Cumbria Institute of the Arts, class of 2007 alumnus, publishes his first book

Tom Boggis studied Creative Writing and Film Studies between 2004 and 2007 at the Brampton Road Campus, then the Cumbria Institute of the Arts. Since graduating he has worked as a designer on many top computer games such as Driver, The Crew, Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon and Watch Dogs with company Ubisoft. He has just published his first novel Meera, the first of The Hirono Chronicles trilogy. We caught up with Tom as he reminisces about student days and looks back on his career so far.


Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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Alumni Association: Support, benefits, and services for graduates

Alumni Association: Support, benefits, and services for graduates

Covid has impacted all our lives. You may find yourself on furlough from your job, working from home or included in the millions left unemployed. 2020 has been a challenge. We hope that some of the resources below can help to inspire, inform, support or simply to give you five minutes’ escapism.


Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2020

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‘Our book is out at last – and Dad held a copy’

‘Our book is out at last – and Dad held a copy’

When Jane Bower (S. Martin’s College, 1973-1977) wrote her first novel for children in the early 1980s, she did not imagine that it would be published forty years later, when she had retired. ‘My father, Len Bower, was a trained book illustrator before he became an art teacher’, says Jane. Len illustrated the book superbly – but later lost his sight to Macular Degeneration. 30% of the income from Thread and Thrum goes to support the Macular Society.


Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2021

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University response to Covid-19

University response to Covid-19

The University of Cumbria has been dynamic, caring and compassionate in its response to the global pandemic with a particular focus to the health and wellbeing of its students and staff which has been of paramount importance.


Posted on Thursday, March 4, 2021

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Lancaster campus update

Lancaster campus update

Three planning applications have recently been approved by Lancaster City Council’s planning committee relating to planned work for the Lancaster campus to ensure the best future use for the site.


Posted on Friday, July 2, 2021

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Career Q&A with class of 2020’s James Strange

Career Q&A with class of 2020’s James Strange

James has had a hugely varied and exciting career, from musician in the Royal Marines, loose-leaf tea entrepreneur to microbiologist and now secondary school teacher. He also somehow managed to start up his own successful business during lockdown. James kindly agreed to answer our career questions.


Posted on Friday, July 2, 2021

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Supporting your mental health after graduation

Supporting your mental health after graduation

We have put together a page of resources that focus, not on the practicalities of careers, but rather the emotions and feelings behind all this. These tools can support your mental health and ensure you are prepared and feeling positive for


Posted on Thursday, August 5, 2021

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From student to staff with Devon Harris

From student to staff with Devon Harris

Class of 2019, Creative Writing alumnus, Devon Harris, joined the University of Cumbria staff as a Marketing & Recruitment Assistant during the Covid pandemic. Devon shares, in their own words, what UoC meant and what their new marketing role involves


Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2021

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Alumni business spotlight: 
Yolanda the Coach

Alumni business spotlight: Yolanda the Coach

Yolanda Collinson MSc Coaching and Mentoring, class of 2019


Posted on Monday, November 1, 2021

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The Cumbria Network FAQs

The Cumbria Network FAQs

We recently announced the launch of the Cumbria Network, the new hub and mentoring and networking platform for all alumni. The strength of the platform lies in our numbers, the more alumni in the network the merrier, so we would love it if you joined us. To help you understand a little bit more about the Cumbria Network we have answered some frequently asked questions below:


Posted on Monday, November 1, 2021

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The Cumbria Network Survey - our response

The Cumbria Network Survey - our response

The Cumbria Network is for all our alumni, and we hope that we can continue to build a platform that is useful and engaging for you. We recently carried out a survey and the response was really positive and encouraging, so thank you for that. We wanted to take this opportunity to address some of the ideas and suggestions and let you know a bit more about our plans for the Cumbria Network going forward.


Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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What's in it for the mentors?

What's in it for the mentors?

Mentors help students and recent graduates to transition from university to working life. They can work with mentees on their CV and applications, help to identify transferable skills, develop their confidence, provide insights into job functions, industries and roles. Mentors may even introduce mentees to their networks, provide work experience or shadowing. Mentoring can help to advance careers. But what are the benefits for the mentors? What motivates mentors to give back?


Posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2022

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From student to staff with Xavier Smith

From student to staff with Xavier Smith

Class of 2016 Sports Rehabilitation alumnus Xavier Smith has just completed his first two months working at the University of Cumbria as a lecturer. We caught up with him to find out how it feels to go from student to staff.


Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2022

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Alumni Showcase: Hollie Warren, Creative Writing, class of 2021

Alumni Showcase: Hollie Warren, Creative Writing, class of 2021

Class of 2021 Creative Writing alumnus Hollie Warren started her own online magazine out of a desire to amplify the voices of disabled and chronically ill writers who have found themselves marginalised and misrepresented in the media. Wishbone Words was established in May 2021, published every two months, Hollie has created a beautiful and inspiring publication.


Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2022

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Alumni business spotlight: 
L.E. Sport Rehab and Massage Therapy

Alumni business spotlight: L.E. Sport Rehab and Massage Therapy

Alumni business spotlight: L.E. Sport Rehab and Massage Therapy


Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2022

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Legacy love letters

Legacy love letters

University is one of those classic places that people find love. We know there are many of you out there who found your other halves and soulmates during your student days with us, whether love at first sight over a crowded lecture theatre or maybe in town at the local night club. Thousands and thousands of students have walked these halls over the years, how many epic love stories could our campuses tell? We caught up with four couples, all from the Lancaster campus, who kindly shared their


Posted on Monday, February 14, 2022

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International Women's Day 
#Breakthebias

International Women's Day #Breakthebias

As part of the University’s equality, diversity and equality drive, it is important we celebrate success and I am therefore delighted to introduce you to a range of stories that embody the theme of #breakthebias as part of International Women’s Day. Vice Chancellor Professor Julie Mennell


Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2022

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ALUMNI SHOWCASE: JOSEPHINE SCALES, ART FOUNDATION, CLASS OF 2000

ALUMNI SHOWCASE: JOSEPHINE SCALES, ART FOUNDATION, CLASS OF 2000

Alongside her job as a civil servant, Jo is an accomplished artist, illustrator and designer. She runs her own company, Josephine Scales Illustration. She is one of a team of illustrators for Cbeebies, has enjoyed long running contracts with Archant Magazines and British Rowing Magazine and has done work for national museums, amongst others. She also illustrates commissions of any size such as portraits, logos, books, events, creates stationery for weddings or other celebratory events. Jo has re


Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR FLAGSHIP CARLISLE CAMPUS PROJECT

PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR FLAGSHIP CARLISLE CAMPUS PROJECT

PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR FLAGSHIP CARLISLE CAMPUS PROJECT


Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2022

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Alumni Showcase: Cameron Phillips, Media Production, class of 2004

Alumni Showcase: Cameron Phillips, Media Production, class of 2004

Alumni Showcase: Cameron Phillips, Media Production, class of 2004


Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2022

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Be your own boss!
The Careers & Employability Service can help!

Be your own boss! The Careers & Employability Service can help!

Have you always dreamed of starting a business? Are you ready to grow or develop an existing side-hustle? At the Careers & Employability Service we can now help you to flourish as an entrepreneur. We’ve just appointed a new Student Enterprise Adviser who can support you from your initial idea to getting your business up-and-running and making those first essential sales.


Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

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Class of 2020 and 2021 Graduation

Class of 2020 and 2021 Graduation

Class of 2020 and 2021 Graduation


Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2022

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Alumni Business Spotlight: Heaney Homes

Alumni Business Spotlight: Heaney Homes

Alumni Business Spotlight: Heaney Homes Secondary school teacher leader turned businessman- Property Development and Investment


Posted on Friday, July 1, 2022

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Class of 2022 July Graduation

Class of 2022 July Graduation

Catch up on the highlights, stories and considerable achievements of the class of 2022. Seven graduation ceremonies took place in glorious sunshine last month at Carlisle Cathedral, which saw us congratulating a total of 877 graduates.


Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2022

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Alumni business spotlight: Maisha Outreach Therapy Organisation (MOTO)

Alumni business spotlight: Maisha Outreach Therapy Organisation (MOTO)

Alumni business spotlight: Maisha Outreach Therapy Organisation (MOTO)


Posted on Monday, September 5, 2022

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Faces from the past

Faces from the past

From the moment I first heard that S. Martin’s College (the name by which I knew it) kept a full set of ‘Facebooks’ containing photos of every student in every year, I knew I must go and see them. Three failed attempts, almost three years and one pandemic later, I at last managed to arrange to visit in August this year, thanks to the patient help of Joanne Lusher, the Alumni Relations Officer.


Posted on Monday, October 3, 2022

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