The University of Cumbria turns 10 years old on Tuesday 1 August and to mark this momentous milestone, it’s connecting its five campuses from London to Cumbria with a 300-mile torch relay.
The relay will begin at 9am at the East India Dock Road campus, London. The torch will leave East India Dock Road in a black cab and head for Euston Station. Just before midday, it will continue its journey from Lancaster station where a member of staff will transport it by bicycle to Bowerham Road campus, Lancaster.
At 12.30 it will continue its journey to Ambleside in one of the university’s electric vans, arriving at the Ambleside campus at 13.30. From there the torch will make its way to Carlisle, arriving at Brampton Road campus at 15.15, before the final leg of its journey to Fusehill Street campus.
Some of the university’s ‘Team Ten’ runners, who recently completed the Hexham half-marathon, will undertake this last leg of the relay, with the torch arriving at Fusehill Street at 16.15. Staff and students are all invited to welcome the torch as it arrives at the campus and, thereafter, tea and birthday cake will be served.
‘Team Ten’ is a grass-roots initiative that will see staff and students take on ten sporting challenges to raise £10,000 for charity throughout the 2017/18 academic year.
Lynn Bewley, Strategic Communications & External Affairs Manager and ‘Team Ten’ member (pictured) said of the event: “The 1st August marks the university’s official birthday, however, this is just the start of our 10th anniversary celebrations. As a multi-campus university, with sites in Lancashire and London as well as Cumbria, we wanted to celebrate our uniqueness by showcasing this within the campaign linking all campuses together. As a university that is award-winning for its environmental work, much of the relay will be made using public transport or other green alternatives such as our fully electric, branded vans and people power.”
She continued: “On its journey, the torch will pass through the Lake District, recently designated a World Heritage site. As the only UK university to have campuses in two World Heritage sites we are proud to celebrate our distinctiveness within the communities in which we serve. We are encouraging people to get involved and follow the relay on social media and I’m looking forward to joining the ‘Team Ten’ runners to complete the final leg of the journey!”
Anyone can follow the progress of the torch and join in the conversation on social media using #10yearsofUoC.
A series of events will take place throughout the 17/18 academic year to mark the tenth anniversary. The university recently launched its 10th anniversary webpages showcasing staff and student memories, stakeholder testimonials and the organised events that will be delivered throughout the anniversary year.