Students from the University of Cumbria are sacrificing their summer breaks to take to the road in a double decker bus, ‘Summer Holiday’ style.
The university, the only one to have a campus in a UNESCO world heritage site, has acquired a distinctive yellow and blue double decker that will criss-cross the north of England and Northern Ireland offering visitors an insight into life at Cumbria.
Film and media, occupational therapy, teaching and sport students will be among those staffing the bus over the next four weeks as it calls in at destinations from Belfast to Blackpool to Manchester to Morecambe.
“I just wanted to join the others in giving something back,” BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS student Paul Lawlor said. ”As a recent graduate from the University of Cumbria, I am fully aware and have recent experience of the vast array of bespoke educational opportunities available here. I can’t wait to get on the road to meet prospective students to talk about my own personal journey.”
Paul graduated two weeks ago but has signed up to promote one of the most improved universities in the UK*
The Belfast born primary school teacher is joining a team who are looking forward to meeting potential students in the run up to the crucial A level results day.
“We don’t rely on people coming to us for conventional open days – we’d rather get out and go to them!” Jade Thomson, senior marketing officer, said. “Whether you’re looking to come to uni this year or in the future, it’ll be a fun, interactive way of getting to see what’s on offer as well as a chance to hear from some of our students, past and present.”
Pictured: Jade Thomson
Also joining the team will be Zoe Butler, the award-winning nurse who graduated last year and now works for the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.
Capturing the tour will be a team of former students (see below) who set up their own media company after graduating. Thrown Overboard Media Co Ltd (or TOMCo. for short), have a track record in producing impressive media content for use by a wide range of clients through conventional and social media. They will be offering to pass on tricks of their trade while also explaining how they studied and now enjoy a successful career following their time at the University of Cumbria.
“Moving 200 miles to come to Cumbria opened up a whole new world of opportunities,” Alex, originally from Warwickshire, said. “What’s better than studying within this glorious part of the world with the Lake District on your doorstep? I’ve always been passionate about filmmaking and photography, and the course I took at the university really inspired me to do the best that I can - and now I coordinate the company’s creative productions to compose professional content for clients. I can’t wait to get on the road!”
The former students will produce a video diary of the tour and will make use of state of the art equipment to film each location from an unusual angle, all shared via the website and through social media using the hashtag #theresaplaceforyou
“The university is known for innovation and development of new and exciting courses which benefit to people and places all over the UK and beyond,” David Chesser, the university’s chief operating officer, said. “This is the first time we’ve been on tour I’m delighted potential new students will get to hear first hand accounts of what life at the University of Cumbria is like from our own existing and former students.”
*Based on league table improvements reported in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018 and Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2016/17
30th July – 9-5pm Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS
31st July - 9-5pm Forestside Shopping Centre, Belfast, BT8 6FX
2nd August - 9-5pm Williamson Square, Liverpool, L1 1EQ
3rd August – 9-5pm Liverpool Albert Dock - Gower Street
4th August - 9-5pm Liverpool Albert Dock - Gower Street
5th August - 9-5pm Southport Town Centre, Chapel Street, Southport, PR8 1AD
6th August - 9-5pm Preston Flag Market, Cheapside, PR1 2PP
7th August - 9-5pm Preston Flag Market, Cheapside, PR1 2PP
8th August - 9-5pm Blackpool -Tower festival headland
9th August - 9-5pm Blackpool -Tower festival headland
10th August – 10-8pm Manchester Albert Square
11th August – 10-5pm Manchester Albert Square
12th August – 10-4pm Bolton Middlebrook Stadium
13th August – Morecambe venue TBC
14TH August - 9-5pm Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, Lancaster
15th August - 9-5pm Carlisle City Centre
16th August - 9-5pm Carlisle City Centre
17th August – Location TBC
18TH August - 12-8pm Northbound Street Festival Cockermouth
20th August – 9-5pm Ambleside campus
21st August - Penrith venue TBC
22nd August – 9-5pm Newcastle Grainger Street
23rd August - 9-5pm Newcastle Grainger Street
24TH August – Kendal venue TBC
25TH August – Workington venue TBC
26TH August – Barrow venue TBC