University of Cumbria and National Trust sign ground-breaking agreement

University of Cumbria and National Trust sign ground-breaking agreement

In the first collaboration of its kind in the country, the University of Cumbria and the National Trust have signed a memorandum of agreement to cement their future working relationship.

At a ceremony on Tuesday 10 November at the university’s Ambleside campus, Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Strike and the National Trust’s Director for the North Region, Harry Bowell signed the official document.

A number of areas are covered by the joint agreement, including:

  • The university working with the National Trust as members of the Lake District National Park Partnership to support the nomination of the Lake District as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016
  • Collaboration on the joint development and delivery of new courses, including masters-level programmes
  • The university supporting the National Trust activities to celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th anniversary in 2016
  • The National Trust and the university identifying research topics that are of interest and relevance to both parties

Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Strike said:

“We see the signing of this agreement as an opportunity to further enhance learning within the natural environment and cultural landscapes.

“Both the university and the National Trust are ideally placed to engage with local communities to face future challenges and help secure the excellent reputation and continued prosperity of the Lake District.”

Harry Bowell Director from the National Trust (North) commented:

“This is an opportunity for both organisations to draw from our strengths and together, provide a solid foundation for learning and partnership working in the Lake District. In its current form, The University of Cumbria is one of Britain's newest universities, but has a history of educating professionals spanning over 150 years.

“The National Trust aims to support the university with its deep-rooted expertise in nature, conservation and cultural settings and inspire students and local communities alike through thought leadership and engagement.”

Following the ceremony, Harry delivered a talk entitled In service of a city: how public land could help make a place even greater, in which he explained how the National Trust was working with Sheffield City Council to find new ways of gaining maximum benefit from publically owned land.