University and partners offer collaborative research opportuinity

University and partners offer collaborative research opportuinity

The University of Cumbria is collaborating with three different organisations concerned with the environmental welfare of Cumbria to offer innovative MSc research programmes.

The university’s Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas (CNPPA) is offering the opportunity of embarking on relevant, real life study by working with the Friends of the Lake District, the South Cumbria Rivers Trust and Portable Ecosystems Ltd.

The three programmes are:

  • Landscape Character Assessment Monitoring Techniques Appraisal and Ground Truthing in the Lake District National Park
  • Preventing the Spread of Invasive Non-Native Species by Identifying the Pathways of Introduction.
  • Model the life-cycle impact of a new product, the portable ecosystem concept.

 The invitation comes a year after the University of Cumbria launched the Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas (CNPPA), based at the university’s Ambleside campus, the only one based within a national park and UNESCO world heritage site.

The MSc research study will be partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund Eco-Innovation Cumbria project which is led by the University of Cumbria. As well as the chance to join a growing cohort of student researchers working on industry-led projects in Eco Innovation, benefits include a tax free stipend of £4666, fees subsidised by the sponsor to the value of £2,500 and project travel expenses.

“We’re really excited that these collaborations have been achieved and it will be fascinating to see what emerges from the difference projects which are a real opportunity to make an impression in an area of work that’s certainly topical,” Dr Darrell Smith, Programme Leader MSc Ecosystem Services Evaluation, said. “These kinds of projects are exactly what the CNPPA is about; collaborative research making use of the wealth of experience and knowledge that exists here to produce a piece of work that will be useful to the community here and in other areas around the world facing similar challenges.”

For more information Dr Darrell Smith, lecturer in environmental modelling, at UoC darrell.smith@cumbria.ac.uk

Closing date 28 September 2018

MSc Research Projects:

Landscape Character Assessment Monitoring Techniques Appraisal and Ground Truthing in the Lake District National Park

The University of Cumbria has funding to support research work by Friends of The Lake District. This is a practical MSc research project to set up a monitoring framework which can identify changes to the landscape of the Lake District National Park using an existing Landscape Character Assessment as the baseline.

FrIends of the Lake District  www.friendsofthelakedistrict.org.uk

 

Preventing the Spread of Invasive Non-Native Species by Identifying the Pathways of Introduction.

A practical MSc Project that could help shape the health of Lake District and its lakes. The University of Cumbria has funding to support research work by South Cumbria Rivers Trust, a professional team dedicated to conserving fresh water habitats and local wildlife.

South Cumbria Rivers Trusthttps://scrt.co.uk/

Model the life-cycle impact of a new product, the portable ecosystem concept.

The University of Cumbria has funding to support research work by Portable Ecosystems Ltd. A practical MSc research project to model the life-cycle impact of the portable ecosystem concept and establish a sustainability impact assessment that will enable the company to identify, assess and quantify the environmental credentials of the portable ecosystem concept.

Portable Ecosystems LtdThis is a new company with a novel product concept. The product is subject to a patent application so there is no public disclosure at this stage.

MSc Course - Ecosystem Services Evaluation 

https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/courses/postgraduate/ecosystem-services-evaluation/

Refer: Funded Masters projects