Overwhelming interest in Westwood visit

Overwhelming interest in Westwood visit

Staff at the University of Cumbria have been inundated with requests for tickets to see the iconic fashion designer and environmental activist Vivienne Westwood when she speaks at the university’s Ambleside campus next month.

At one point applications for free tickets for the event, called ‘Exploring and Challenging Ideas on Sustainable Leadership, Climate and Social Change’ were coming in at the rate of one a minute.

The designer will be talking about steps she believes everyone can take to help make a difference to life and the future of locations such as the Lake District.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of interest in Vivienne’s talk which will take place in the heart of the Lake District,” Caroline Rouncefield, head of business, law, policing and social sciences at the university said. “We hoped the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) would be the ideal place for the talk to take place and hundreds of people seem to agree.”

IFLAS lecturer Jo Chaffer will host the event which will be opened by the University of Cumbria’s Vice Chancellor Prof Julie Mennell.

Extra capacity for the event has had to be created in order to cope with demand.

No more applications for tickets can be accepted by the university and those who have successfully applied will hear news shortly.

The talk will also be recorded and shared via social media to allow it to be enjoyed by those unable to get tickets.

“It’s amazing to see the response – we really have been inundated,” Gill Haigh, director of marketing and recruitment for the University of Cumbria said. “Vivienne is exactly the kind of thought-provoking guest we love to welcome at our university. This is one of a series of flagship events we have coming up in 10th anniversary year.”