A memorandum of understanding has been signed strengthening ties between the University of Cumbria and Carlisle Cathedral.
The Cathedral already hosts the university’s twice-yearly graduation ceremonies and specific subject agreements will now be developed with the potential for research and training, student placements, a joint lecture programme and new curriculum development across many subject areas.
“Visits to our university campuses and meetings with academic colleagues all contributed to the scoping of our potential to work together more strategically,” Sandra Booth, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Enterprise, Business Development and Engagement said.
The agreement comes as the university prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary.
“We look forward to a time when our grounds and buildings will be filled with the fresh buzz and energy that young people bring and to a deepening and enriching friendship with new University colleagues,” Revd Canon Jan Kearton said.
The partnership will now be greatly enhanced by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s recent award to the Cathedral Chapter. The Grade 1 listed Fratry building will be carefully restored, made accessible and brought into daily use by the addition of excellent new facilities and new key staff appointments.