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Rock climbing restoration mission

Rock climbing restoration mission

A student volunteer force has its sights set high in a bid to uphold the Lake District’s reputation as a world leading rock climbing destination. Since W. P. Haskett-Smith scaled Napes Needle in 1886 - said to be the UK’s birthplace of modern rock climbing - the area’s renowned crags have become a mecca for enthusiasts.


Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Community Work, Conservation, Outdoor Studies

‘Next generation’ student environmentalist selected for prestigious lecture

‘Next generation’ student environmentalist selected for prestigious lecture

A University of Cumbria student touted as ‘the next generation of speakers’ has been selected to give a microlecture on adventure and discovery at the Royal Geographic Society (RGS). Originally from Norfolk, Taylor Butler-Eldridge, 25, will share his experience of working with Surfer’s Against Sewage inspiring school children in Cornwall and educating them about the impact of plastic pollution on marine ecology.


Posted on Monday, March 4, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Community Work, Conservation, Education, Health and Wellbeing, Outdoor Studies, Science, Student Life

UK farming expert wins Churchill Fellowship to learn lessons from Far East

UK farming expert wins Churchill Fellowship to learn lessons from Far East

Upland farming expert Dr Lois Mansfield, director of the University of Cumbria's Ambleside campus, is today unveiled as one of 150 people across the UK to be awarded a prestigious 2019 Churchill Fellowship. She will use her award to travel to Japan to learn about the country's approach to rural development. Churchill Fellowships are awarded to people who are recognised as being ‘uniquely qualified by their real-life experience’ to head overseas to learn about issues affecting the UK.


Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, IFLAS, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Paramedic, Research

Royal Patron attends Lake District summit

Royal Patron attends Lake District summit

The Foundation for Common Land is delighted that their Patron HRH The Prince of Wales has attended a Summit to encourage cooperation between the cultural farmed landscape and nature conservation in the Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The workshop, held at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus, brought together leading figures from 20 organisations including the National Trust, RSPB, National Farmers' Union, Woodland Trust, Prince's Countryside Fund, and Natural England.


Posted on Monday, April 8, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, IFLAS, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Research, Science

London Marathon beckons for university pair

London Marathon beckons for university pair

Two figures at the University of Cumbria are limbering up for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon taking place this Sunday (28 April) – both as first-time marathon runners. Paramedic practice lecturer Craig Betton and MSc Occupational Therapy student Martha Noble are raising funds for two worthy causes.


Posted on Monday, April 22, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Carlisle, Health and Wellbeing, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic, Research, Sport

Free event sees Lake District campus open its doors to the public

Free event sees Lake District campus open its doors to the public

From learning aboriginal techniques of starting fires and having your garden soil samples tested to taking better photos on a smartphone or scaling a bouldering wall, the University of Cumbria’s first Ambleside Showcase is set to provide a day of free fun for families and visitors alike. The Ambleside campus is throwing open its facilities on Saturday, 27 April.


Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, IFLAS, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Paramedic, Research, Science

University paramedics take to streets to warn of dangers of 'silent killer' on World Hypertension Day

University paramedics take to streets to warn of dangers of 'silent killer' on World Hypertension Day

Student paramedics at the University of Cumbria are inviting members of the public to have a quick health check that could save lives. They will be in the centre of Ambleside carrying out blood pressure screenings on participating passers-by on World Hypertension Day, Friday 17 May 2019. Hypertension – or high blood pressure – is commonly referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because often the first time a person knows they have it is after they have suffered a heart attack or stroke.


Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Health and Wellbeing, Paramedic

Great Northern Adventure Race kick starts celebrations for final-year students

Great Northern Adventure Race kick starts celebrations for final-year students

Third-year students at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus have been celebrating the end of their courses by taking part in a unique Lake District challenge. They joined others from across all year groups at the campus to compete in pairs in the Great Northern Adventure Race. A course weaving its way through iconic landscapes saw students face a host of imposing obstacles – from traversing waterfalls on slack lines to ‘duck diving’ into caves.


Posted on Friday, May 17, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Conservation, Education, Forestry, Geography, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Paramedic, Science

National Lottery helps save Cumbrian wildlife

National Lottery helps save Cumbrian wildlife

Nearly £2million in National Lottery Heritage Fund grants have been awarded to the University of Cumbria and Cumbria Local Nature Partnership. The university's four-year BOOM project in south Cumbria aims to reintroduce 10 threatened native flora and fauna to Morecambe Bay and is one of two flagship schemes receiving support and aiming to save and protect species on a scale never seen before.


Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Conservation, Geography, Research, Science, Wildlife Media, Zoology

Canoe challenge takes in top mountain pass

Canoe challenge takes in top mountain pass

A 600km canoe marathon taking in the Irish Sea - and the Lake District’s highest road pass - is about to be undertaken by an outdoor studies lecturer determined to make a point. University of Cumbria’s Richard Ensoll will be setting off on June 22 in an open canoe from Ireland before crossing 200km of tricky water dominated by busy shipping lanes. His journey will also take in Ulverston and involve dragging canoes over Kirkstone Pass on his way to the end at Lazonby near Penrith.


Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Outdoor Studies

Regional first for geography teaching

Regional first for geography teaching

Geographers from across the northwest are being called to represent the area in a launch event for an internationally renowned institution for teachers. Cumbria and North Lancashire are about to join over 40 branches of the Geographical Association at a critical time for the subject and profession. Spearheading the move for representation is University of Cumbria’s Simon Carr, Geography lead at the Ambleside campus.


Posted on Friday, June 14, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Education, Forestry, Geography, Outdoor Studies, Postgraduate, Science

New insight into poet William Wordsworth and the Lake District's literary landscape

New insight into poet William Wordsworth and the Lake District's literary landscape

Students on a new course are to get an insight into the life of William Wordsworth. The University of Cumbria is teaming up with Rydal Mount, where the poet lived for most of his life, for its new Masters degree in Literature, Romanticism and the English Lakes.


Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Art and Design, CNPPA, Media Arts, Postgraduate, Research

Lessons from Japan as UK upland farmers face crisis

Lessons from Japan as UK upland farmers face crisis

One of the country’s leading uplands farming experts has warned a ‘no deal’ Brexit could push significant numbers of hill farmers out of business. Recently appointed a professor and currently director of University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus, Lois Mansfield’s stark predictions come as she prepares to embark on a major factfinding visit to Japan. Prof Mansfield leaves this week on a prestigious Churchill Fellowship


Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, IFLAS, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Research, Science

Law school leaders embrace digital innovations at Cumbrian conference

Law school leaders embrace digital innovations at Cumbrian conference

Law schools are learning how digital innovations can better prepare students for careers in a sector already experiencing an unprecedented rate of change. Academics, computer scientists, technology consultants, lawyers and students have gathered at the University of Cumbria to explore how legal education is evolving to ensure lawyers of the future develop the right skills for the transforming sector.


Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Law, Research

World voices wowed in Wordsworth cave gathering

World voices wowed in Wordsworth cave gathering

Over 200 years after Wordsworth penned one of his epic poems luminaries from nearly every corner of the globe gathered in a Lake District cave to ponder the immortal words. On a five-day course at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus, the gathering of MBA students included Zambian high commissioner, Benson Chali, third-sector agencies, NGOs, politicians, financiers, mining and shipping experts, medics and educators.


Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Business, IFLAS

Crowning glory could come to mystery tree

Crowning glory could come to mystery tree

A magnificent mystery maple has joined notable national species branching out in a bid to be crowned Tree of the Year. Known as the student tree, the prize oriental specimen at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus could this month join 10 hopefuls as finalists in Woodland Trust’s annual competition. Campus manager, Rob Wilson, said he was delighted by the surprise nomination and determined to find out more about the Japanese maple, described as the ‘mysterious beauty everyone loves’.


Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Conservation, Forestry, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies

World’s ‘best job’ beckons

World’s ‘best job’ beckons

As a young girl Amelia Murphy dislocated her knee playing football and told the paramedics who treated her that she wanted to join the emergency services. “Join us,” they quipped, “it’s the best job in the world.” She said she wished they could have seen her graduate at Carlisle Cathedral this week with a paramedic practice Diploma in Higher Education from University of Cumbria (UoC).


Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Graduation, Health and Wellbeing, Paramedic

‘Unprecedented’ grade for aspiring environmental academic

‘Unprecedented’ grade for aspiring environmental academic

A student achieved the seemingly impossible, not only achieving a first class degree, but earning an ‘unprecedented’ mark of 100% for his dissertation, winning him a top award at the University of Cumbria’s graduation ceremonies and the admiration of academics.


Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Education, Outdoor Studies

Conservation award named after courageous graduate

Conservation award named after courageous graduate

Probing Britain’s rarest freshwater fish has seen one of University of Cumbria’s first marine and freshwater conservation students awarded a prestigious memorial prize. Sam Poultney, from Staffordshire, said it was a privilege to receive the award named after Sarah McClay, the UoC graduate who died after being attacked by a tiger at the South Cumbrian zoo where she worked.


Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Conservation, Science

The desire to teach – it’s in the family!

The desire to teach – it’s in the family!

A North Yorkshire couple who found love whilst training to be teachers in the Lake District almost 30 years ago have returned to Cumbria to watch their daughter graduate. Katie Pritchard-Jenkins, 21, has completed her BSc Outdoor Adventure and Environment degree at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus and is planning to follow her parents’ example and become a teacher. Her proud parents Adam and Gill trained at the same site 30 years ago when it was known as Charlotte Mason College.


Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Education, Outdoor Studies, Undergraduate

Global focus for Lakes’ survival trailblazer

Global focus for Lakes’ survival trailblazer

A Lake District-based bushcraft expert has spoken to leading international figures and specialists in military survival at a global gathering in Canada. A lecturer in outdoor studies at University of Cumbria (UoC), Dr Lisa Fenton told around 300 delegates from across America, Canada, the UK, Sweden, Norway and Holland about a ‘transformative’ process linking people back to the natural world.


Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Conservation, Geography, Outdoor Studies, Research, Science

Japan offers upland farm solutions to Brexit embroiled Britain

Japan offers upland farm solutions to Brexit embroiled Britain

Crashing out of the EU without a deal will leave the countryside in ruins says an uplands farming expert on her return from a major factfinding visit to Japan.


Posted on Monday, August 19, 2019

Tagged Ambleside

Coining in on classroom conceived cash

Coining in on classroom conceived cash

A classroom developed currency is making inroads at the university where an innovative masters student dreamed up and developed the concept of a Lake District pound.


Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Education

Leading university role for national uplands expert

Leading university role for national uplands expert

One of England’s most influential uplands and common ground specialists, with close links to the Prince of Wales, is embarking on a pioneering role at University of Cumbria (UoC). Dr Julia Aglionby said she was thrilled to become a Professor of Practice at a time of great challenge and opportunity, explaining the appointment signaled a sea change for the national organisations she spearheads - and an exciting collaborative future.


Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Education, Employability, Forestry, Geography, Health and Wellbeing, IFLAS

Spearheading drive for super skills in tourism

Spearheading drive for super skills in tourism

University of Cumbria is set to become one of the country’s first universities to rise to the challenge of helping meet the demands of a £3billion tourist economy and 65,000-strong workforce. Sitting in the heart of a World Heritage site, the university’s Ambleside campus is about to welcome students from across the tourism and hospitality industry, keen to boost a global visitor destination – and its skills’ pool


Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Business, IFLAS

Cumbrian couple’s 1,000 mile bike ride aids African school children

Cumbrian couple’s 1,000 mile bike ride aids African school children

A 1,000-mile cycle ride from the English Lake District to Italy’s Lake Garda is helping to provide African schoolchildren with one of the basics for learning – desks. Jamie Hodge, research development manager at the University of Cumbria, spent a chunk of the late summer cycling with wife Sophie, who works for the Diocese of Carlisle, raising funds for Dedza Local Authority School. Their fundraising figure has already topped £1,600.


Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Carlisle, Lancaster, Research

University develops Lakes literary powerhouse

University develops Lakes literary powerhouse

Literary passion and talent which made the Lake District a magnet for some of the greatest writers and artists of their time are about to be showcased in rousing rhetoric. Looking at the inspiration behind a cultural landscape of international fame, a series of talks at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus is set to share the genius of past masters and present purveyors of literature and art. Renowned poet, academic, and biographer, Dr Grevel Lindop, gets the ball rolling on 7 October.


Posted on Monday, September 30, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Art and Design, Media Arts

Sea kayaking for health and wellbeing

Sea kayaking for health and wellbeing

Growing up near wide, white beaches in northern Denmark left an indelible mark on Lisbeth Lund who turned to sea kayaking for a key study into health and wellbeing. The University of Cumbria masters’ student hopes her experiences paddling around Barra in the Outer Hebrides will help aid a western world suffering a raft of medical and lifestyle related conditions.


Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Health and Wellbeing, Outdoor Studies

New term for tomorrow’s teachers

New term for tomorrow’s teachers

Aspiring teachers have started their studies with University of Cumbria. In line with latest coronavirus guidance, many of the mature students are enjoying face-to-face sessions with tutors on campus while the university’s annual induction programme for them has moved largely online Reflecting a national upturn, it comes as University of Cumbria has witnessed an increase of almost 14 per cent in the number of teacher training applications it has received so far this year.


Posted on Friday, September 11, 2020

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Applications, CACHET, Carlisle, Children and Families, Clearing, Education, Lancaster, LED, London, Postgraduate, Undergraduate

Bomb victim’s mother supports ground-breaking counter-terrorism training

Bomb victim’s mother supports ground-breaking counter-terrorism training

Days after hearing harrowing evidence at the Manchester Arena inquiry, a bomb victim’s mother is at University of Cumbria to support the start of a pioneering counter-terrorism risk management course.


Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Community Work

Nostalgia marks nonagenarian’s visit

Nostalgia marks nonagenarian’s visit

It was always going to be a nostalgic visit for a nonagenarian who says her student days at a world-renowned Lakes’ institution shaped her whole adult life. Audrey Wright, 90, has returned to Ambleside’s former Charlotte Mason College, speaking of her joy at seeing again the seat of learning which had inspired and enthralled her. Now part of University of Cumbria, the old teacher training college had a major impact on her family. Through it, she met her mother-in-law, and her husband.


Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Education

Interactive panel tackles big landscape questions

Interactive panel tackles big landscape questions

World-famous mountaineer Simon Yates is leading an online interactive panel to explore big questions about some of the country’s best and most loved landscapes. A team of experts will be at the ready to answer crucial queries about our national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty in an evening designed to get to the heart of a raft of issues.


Posted on Monday, September 28, 2020

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, Health and Wellbeing, IFLAS, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Research, Science, Social Science, Tourism and Visitor Economy, Wildlife Media, Zoology

College Principal appointed as Professor of Practice in Collaborative Education Leadership

College Principal appointed as Professor of Practice in Collaborative Education Leadership

The Principal and Chief Executive of Furness College has been appointed to a prestigious role with the University of Cumbria to help shape the future of education across the county. Andrew Wren will take up a position as Professor of Practice in Collaborative Education Leadership. His appointment recognises his industry expertise and innovative leadership and will help to further strengthen seamless collaboration between the further education and higher education sectors.


Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Education

Survival expertise called upon for major new TV series

Survival expertise called upon for major new TV series

Producers of a major new TV series starring Jason Momoa as a warlord in an alien blind world 600-years hence have turned to the skills of a leading survival academic for advice. When See is released on Friday 1 November, to coincide with the launch of Apple TV+, few will be watching more closely than University of Cumbria’s bushcraft expert, Lisa Fenton, who worked behind the scenes with a think tank team devising the series.


Posted on Monday, October 28, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Outdoor Studies

Renowned researchers sharing news and views

Renowned researchers sharing news and views

Hot on the heels of an appearance at the European Society of Criminology Conference in Belgium a leading figure in the field spearheads a new series of Lakes’ talks. University of Cumbria’s associate professor of policing and criminology, Dr Nicoletta Policek, kick starts six presentations aimed at getting to the heart of matters as diverse as climate crisis and regional development. The talks showcase the breadth of research expertise operating at international levels.


Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, CRED, IFLAS, Policing, Research

Literature in lockdown competition celebrates teens’ talents

Literature in lockdown competition celebrates teens’ talents

A new University of Cumbria competition launched to inspire young people during the coronavirus lockdown is celebrating the literary loves and talents of teenagers. English Literature senior lecturers, Dr Penny Bradshaw and Dr Paul Ferguson, developed ‘Reading During The Lockdown’, a competition for 16-18 year olds.


Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Art and Design, Carlisle, Education, Health and Wellbeing, Media Arts, Performing Arts, Undergraduate

UoC blazing a trail in upskilling hospitality professionals

UoC blazing a trail in upskilling hospitality professionals

A global leader in skills certification has backed groundbreaking developments by the University of Cumbria to lead the country in management level hospitality qualifications. Internationally renowned City & Guilds (C&G) has teamed up with academics at the Ambleside campus to bolster inspirational opportunities for bosses to upskill and meet the demands of a massive and growing industry.


Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Business

University honour for renowned agriculture and land management figure

University honour for renowned agriculture and land management figure

Renowned agriculture and land management expert Alan Bowe has been made an honorary fellow of the University of Cumbria.


Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Graduation

Return of beavers to Cumbria after 400-year absence welcomed by academics

Return of beavers to Cumbria after 400-year absence welcomed by academics

Environment and conservation specialists at University of Cumbria have welcomed the reintroduction of beavers to the county after a 400-year absence and hope the Cumbria Beaver Group project leads to new research opportunities for students.


Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Geography, Outdoor Studies, Postgraduate, Research, Science

Distinguished farmer and landowner becomes university honorary fellow

Distinguished farmer and landowner becomes university honorary fellow

A farmer who has used conservation to help transform the fortunes of his family’s historic estate has received an honorary fellowship from the University of Cumbria. Giles Mounsey-Heysham, a Deputy Lieutenant of Cumbria, is the ninth generation to manage his ancestral family property, Castletown, near Rockcliffe, Carlisle. He is also a chartered surveyor, with his extensive career including time with Cluttons and Savills.


Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Carlisle, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, Graduation, IFLAS, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies

Lakes focus on internationally renowned Victorian icon

Lakes focus on internationally renowned Victorian icon

When Charlotte Mason established her Victorian ‘house of education’ in Ambleside little did she realise her philosophies would form part of a worldwide teaching movement in her name. Her former college, now part of University of Cumbria, plans to play host to three prominent academics from the Charlotte Mason Institute (CMI), which serves thousands of international educators and students.


Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Education, Research

Carlisle welcomed the world on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate its international students as they graduated from University of Cumbria.

Carlisle welcomed the world on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate its international students as they graduated from University of Cumbria.

On Wednesday 27 November the University of Cumbria celebrated the achievements of 150 international business and law postgraduate students, many of whom had family and friends visiting Cumbria for the first time. Students travelled with their families to Carlisle from across the globe to celebrate their achievements at the Wednesday afternoon ceremony and it was a truly international experience.


Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2019

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Postgraduate

Pioneering actions for hard hit industry

Pioneering actions for hard hit industry

With the hospitality industry looking for a post lockdown bounce-back funding has been found for pioneering specialist tourism management courses at University of Cumbria. Starting in January, the UK’s first postgraduate courses of their kind aim to provide highly-skilled staff for an industry hard hit by Covid-19.


Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Applications, Business, Postgraduate, Tourism and Visitor Economy

Christmas plea from lake 'monster'

Christmas plea from lake 'monster'

A call has gone out to Santa to turn to Lake Windermere’s mythical monster for inspiration when looking for a ‘planet saving’ standout stocking filler.


Posted on Monday, December 16, 2019

Tagged Ambleside, Conservation

Lockdown antidote transports woodlands to homes

Lockdown antidote transports woodlands to homes

A unique antidote to lockdown is offering a magical soundwalk through stunning south Cumbrian woodlands showcasing nature at its best and most fragile. Heading the stella line-up in a 30-minute audio classic are corncrake, once a common sight in the Rusland Valley, and now regionally extinct. Thanks to the pioneering Back on Our Map (BOOM) initiative, their raspy voices can be heard again.


Posted on Monday, January 18, 2021

Tagged Ambleside, Community Work, Conservation

BAE Systems and University of Cumbria collaborate to offer top qualification

BAE Systems and University of Cumbria collaborate to offer top qualification

University of Cumbria and Barrow's BAE Systems collaborate to offer an MBA/Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship programme


Posted on Monday, January 6, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Business, Employability, IFLAS

A millennium of common land heritage in the balance

A millennium of common land heritage in the balance

Unless post Brexit policy protects ancient common land dating back to the Magna Carta the system in Cumbria could fail within eight years with significant impact on the Lake District. The stark warning will be shared at a public lecture this month by one of the country’s most influential uplands and common land specialists, Dr Julia Aglionby.


Posted on Monday, January 13, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Research, Science

Lakes inspired scavenged scrap masterpieces

Lakes inspired scavenged scrap masterpieces

Famed modernist artist Kurt Schwitters left a rich Lake District legacy from work in a remote Langdale barn immortalising his scavenged scrap material masterpieces. Inventor of nonsense word Merz to describe his collages, the German Dadaist will be put under the spotlight during a talk at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus.


Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020

Tagged Ambleside

Call to North West business leaders and networks to support new student society

Call to North West business leaders and networks to support new student society

Led by and for students, the University of Cumbria Business Society launches this month to help upcoming graduates connect with employers and business networks. UoC Business Society figures want to develop a vibrant relationship with business leaders, helping to shape students’ learning experience and offering real-world support and guidance alongside academic business management study. It also wants help employers, organisations and business leaders to engage and inspire future professionals.


Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Business, Carlisle, Employability, Lancaster, London

Special delivery for art inspired postcards

Special delivery for art inspired postcards

A chance chat has led to Kendal College art and design students getting creative with stunning images of seriously endangered species from across South Cumbria. Lecturer, Steph Fulke, immediately saw the opportunities after talking to her friend, Ellie Kent, who is working on a far-reaching reintroduction programme of threatened flora and fauna.


Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Tagged Ambleside, Conservation, Outdoor Studies

Rock climbing restoration mission

Rock climbing restoration mission

A student volunteer force has its sights set high in a bid to uphold the Lake District’s reputation as a world leading rock climbing destination. Since W. P. Haskett-Smith scaled Napes Needle in 1886 - said to be the UK’s birthplace of modern rock climbing - the area’s renowned crags have become a mecca for enthusiasts.


Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Community Work, Conservation, Outdoor Studies

Lakes spotlight on literary luminary

Lakes spotlight on literary luminary

One of the country’s best known and loved literary and broadcasting luminaries is set to captivate when he reveals the impact of Cumbria on his widely acclaimed books. Labour Peer Lord Melvyn Bragg will be speaking at a public gathering at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus on March 8, where MA literature students are studying his novel The Maid of Buttermere.


Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Education, Media Arts

World’s longest climb record breaker in mental health push

World’s longest climb record breaker in mental health push

A World record breaker who together with her husband became only the second ever married couple to conquer Everest is setting out to show how positive mindset works in the face of extreme adversity. As part of University Mental Health Day on March 5, Lakes-based adventurers Pauline and Phil Sanderson will be sharing a journey starting at the Dead Sea, cycling 5,000 miles across eight countries before reaching Tibet to climb Everest.


Posted on Friday, February 21, 2020

Tagged Ambleside

Art steps up for fragile landscapes

Art steps up for fragile landscapes

People Land Art Culture and Ecology (PLACE) is bridging with the university's Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas and linking artists with those who work in and on celebrated but often fragile landscapes. Amid pressing concerns over climate change, habitat declines and post Brexit farming, an ambitious five-year mission aims to be a catalyst for shifting dynamics. The PLACE Collective is inspired by the Lake District’s World Heritage success in celebrating cultural heritage.


Posted on Monday, March 29, 2021

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Art and Design, CNPPA, Conservation, Forestry, Health and Wellbeing, IFLAS, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Postgraduate, Research

Voting for the survival of Cumbria’s internationally rare rainforest

Voting for the survival of Cumbria’s internationally rare rainforest

The race is on for votes to clinch vital European funding to safeguard universally rare rainforest – in Cumbria.


Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, CNPPA, Community Work, Conservation, Forestry, National School of Forestry, Postgraduate, Research

Pine martens poised for a possible county comeback

Pine martens poised for a possible county comeback

A seriously threatened species pushed to the brink of extinction could see a return to South Cumbria. The future of pine martens and their possible reintroduction to Grizedale Forest and Rusland woodlands is currently being explored by the Back on our Map (BOOM) project.


Posted on Monday, April 12, 2021

Tagged Ambleside, Conservation, Outdoor Studies

Putting female foresters in the frame

Putting female foresters in the frame

International Women’s Day (IWD) is being marked with a push for female foresters and the call to smash ‘it’s for men’ misconceptions. National School of Forestry (NSF), based at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus, where just 20 percent of its students are women, wants a better gender balance and has helped with a film being released to mark the special day on 8 March.


Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Forestry, National School of Forestry

Staff and students row for Sport Relief

Staff and students row for Sport Relief

Staff and students from the University of Cumbria have been taking part in a national rowing challenge for #sportrelief2020. Two teams took to Lake Windermere for Row Britannia, which is raising funds for Sport Relief. A team of staff led by Vice Chancellor, Professor Julie Mennell took on a team of students. She led them to victory, smashing a record for the 10 mile row from Windermere’s southern tip at Fell Foot to Brathay in two hours 11 minutes, beating a previous best set by an RAF team.


Posted on Friday, March 13, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Outdoor Studies

Celebrated author in lodestar landscape role

Celebrated author in lodestar landscape role

Cumbrian author Sarah Hall will be working with English Literature students in her new role as Professor of Practice at the University of Cumbria's Ambleside-based Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas


Posted on Monday, April 26, 2021

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Art and Design, CNPPA, Postgraduate, Research

Lakes campus in community lifeline push

Lakes campus in community lifeline push

Students and staff at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus are throwing lifelines to struggling communities threatened by coronavirus. Campus director, Professor Lois Mansfield, said in these extraordinary times there was a big need to pull together and pay back some of the help and support local people had given them.


Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Community Work

Conference spotlight on uncertain countryside

Conference spotlight on uncertain countryside

Nationally recognised experts, including senior Defra staff, will be taking part in Farming with Nature, a virtual conference organised by the university's Ambleside-based Centre for National Parts and Protected Areas and taking place this month.


Posted on Monday, May 10, 2021

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, CNPPA, Postgraduate, Research

Threatened native dormouse could make northern comeback

Threatened native dormouse could make northern comeback

A University of Cumbria PhD student is now investigating how climate change is affecting the minute mammal to aid reintroduction programmes, which include bringing the hazel dormouse back to northern England. Keswick-based Rachel Findlay-Robinson explained the tiny tot rodents, no bigger than eight centimetres long and weighing around 20-grammes, were traditionally seen across England and Wales.


Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Conservation, Postgraduate, Research

Leadership and sustainability academic honoured in Postgrad Awards 2021

Leadership and sustainability academic honoured in Postgrad Awards 2021

The teaching of University of Cumbria academic Dr Sarah Williams has ‘a global impact’, judges of the FindAUniversity.com Postgrad Awards 2021 have recognised.


Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2021

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Business, IFLAS, Lancaster, Postgraduate, Research

Technology and motorbikes for virus protection in race to save monkeys

Technology and motorbikes for virus protection in race to save monkeys

In the race to save one of Africa’s rarest primates, University of Cumbria has turned to technology - and motorbikes - as Gambian ranger teams defend themselves against Covid-19. With numbers down to as few as 2,500 globally, critically endangered Temminck’s Red Colobus (TRC) monkeys have become the focus of an ambitious three-year project, spearheaded by university researcher and vet, Dr Mic Mayhew.


Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Conservation, Research, Science, Wildlife Media, Zoology

Celebrated Lakes filmmaker to share his secrets of success

Celebrated Lakes filmmaker to share his secrets of success

Terry Abraham, a self-taught filmmaker celebrated for his glorious ‘Life of a Mountain’ TV trilogy is joining the ranks of academia as a professor of practice at the University of Cumbria.


Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Art and Design, Carlisle, Conservation, Geography, Media Arts, Outdoor Studies, Wildlife Media

Cumbria's key role in £10.5m programme exploring how trees can help UK reach ‘net zero’

Cumbria's key role in £10.5m programme exploring how trees can help UK reach ‘net zero’

Scientists from the University of Cumbria are part of a new £10.5 million UK programme that will explore how trees can help the UK reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions.


Posted on Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Tagged Ambleside, Carlisle, CNPPA, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Postgraduate, Research, Science, Zoology

University of Cumbria establishes steering group to develop a land-based skills strategy

University of Cumbria establishes steering group to develop a land-based skills strategy

Taking positive steps to address these challenges, a steering group is being established to oversee the development of a land-based skills strategy and delivery model for Cumbria. Chaired by Christine Knipe, Chief Executive of Westmorland County Agricultural Society and convened by the University of Cumbria, the steering group will include wide representation from across the land-based, rural and education sectors, the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) and Eden District Council.


Posted on Friday, June 12, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA

Clearing 2020 goes virtual at University of Cumbria

Clearing 2020 goes virtual at University of Cumbria

Future students should look no further as the annual process of Clearing to secure a place at university this autumn begins next week. University of Cumbria has a dedicated team on hand from 9am on Monday (6 July) to help anyone who is interested in starting university this year. A new downloadable guide with everything you need to know about Clearing has also been produced, including details of Clearing Plus – a new system helping to match applicants with universities.


Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Tagged Accommodation, Alumni, Ambleside, Applications, Carlisle, Clearing, Education, Finance, Lancaster, Law, London, Policing, Science, Undergraduate

Global gathering signals race against time

Global gathering signals race against time

World leaders gathering for COP26 should be a catalyst for action, boosting ambitious goals to make Cumbria carbon neutral 13-years ahead of government targets. So says University of Cumbria’s Mike Siddall, a key adviser in the county’s drive for business sustainability and CO2 reduction,


Posted on Monday, October 18, 2021

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, IFLAS, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Postgraduate, Research, Science, Wildlife Media, Zoology

A UK first for risk management after lockdown

A UK first for risk management after lockdown

High-profile experts will be leading the UK’s first event risk and counter-terrorism management courses of their kind at University of Cumbria. Against a backdrop of the country emerging from lockdown and widespread concern over protection, principal lecturer in tourism management, Dr Angela Athonsisz said it was the right time to introduce advanced training in security and resilience.


Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2020

Tagged Ambleside, Business

Lakes centre in major COP26 initiative

Lakes centre in major COP26 initiative

A University of Cumbria-led organisation has joined guardians of some of the biggest tracts of protected landscapes on earth in signing a pivotal COP26 statement calling for world leaders to support them.


Posted on Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Community Work, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, IFLAS, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Science

Cumbrian role in key national farm and countryside study

Cumbrian role in key national farm and countryside study

A national charitable body formed to bring fresh thinking on food production, farming and rural community support is set to make important steps forward in Cumbria. The Food, Farming and Countryside Commission’s work in the county is being hosted by University of Cumbria and one of its PhD students will play a key role as the Cumbria inquiry’s coordinator in a far-reaching programme to put some of the 15 recommendations in place.


Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2020

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Employability, Forestry, Geography, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Postgraduate, Research, Science

Nature based climate solutions in spotlight at COP26

Nature based climate solutions in spotlight at COP26

Several university nature-based research projects are featuring at COP26 in Glasgow.


Posted on Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Tagged Ambleside

Countryside celebrity in natural beauty spotlight

Countryside celebrity in natural beauty spotlight

TV presenter Kate Humble is to lead a stellar line-up of speakers for a Lakes-based COP26 event on December 1 that will explore natural beauty in some of the country's most popular and fragile places. It will be hosted by the university's Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas and the People Land Art Culture Ecology (PLACE) Collective.


Posted on Monday, November 22, 2021

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Postgraduate, Research, Science, Wildlife Media, Zoology

Prized role for Wordsworth devotee

Prized role for Wordsworth devotee

MA graduate Leo has been appointed as the new curator of poet Wordsworth's family home Rydal Mount, between Windermere and Grasmere


Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Tagged Ambleside, Employability, Postgraduate, Tourism and Visitor Economy

Back to uni: what students can expect this term

Back to uni: what students can expect this term

University of Cumbria has, like other higher education institutions across the sector, introduced a range of measures to maintain a safe campus environment in the new term but wants to reassure students that they will still have a great university experience, nonetheless.


Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Tagged Accommodation, Ambleside, Carlisle, Lancaster, London, Student Life

Prison in Queen’s major tree mission

Prison in Queen’s major tree mission

Men at HMP Haverigg, Cumbria's only prison, are at forefront of The Queen’s Green Canopy tree-planting mission. They are working with the University of Cumbria's Back on our Map lottery-funded BOOM project on helping to reintroduce threatened native species to areas around Morecambe Bay and south Cumbria.


Posted on Monday, December 13, 2021

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, Research, Science, Zoology

TV nature star backs species fightback mission

TV nature star backs species fightback mission

A £2-million University of Cumbria project to reintroduce 10 threatened flora and fauna species across the lowlands of South Cumbria has been hailed a countrywide catalyst by a leading television nature presenter. BBC Spring and Autumnwatch personality, Gillian Burke, says the National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported Back on our Map (BOOM) mission will make it easy for people to get behind compelling fightback plans to save three native animals and seven plants.


Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Conservation, Geography, Research, Science

University research records new love of nature during coronavirus lockdown

University research records new love of nature during coronavirus lockdown

Nature has become more important to people since the start of the coronavirus lockdown and protecting it a higher priority, new University of Cumbria research has found. A total of 704 adults from across England, Scotland and Wales have taken part in 'Connection with nature in the UK during the COVID-19 lockdown', a study led by Tania Lemmey and carried out in association with the university’s research-led Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas.


Posted on Friday, August 7, 2020

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, Health and Wellbeing, National School of Forestry, Postgraduate, Research, Science, Wildlife Media, Zoology

All Lakes’ farmers to be reached in publication first

All Lakes’ farmers to be reached in publication first

Every farmer in the Lake District is set to receive the first publication of its kind setting out why famed cultural landscapes matter in the crusade for nature recovery and climate action. 'What Did Farming Ever Do for Us?', authored by University of Cumbria's Professor of Upland Landscapes Lois Mansfield, will be distributed across the national park’s 1,246-strong agricultural community as it transitions from EU grants for food production to funding for public benefit.


Posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, Outdoor Studies, Postgraduate, Research, Science

Prestigious award for dormouse return

Prestigious award for dormouse return

A flagship mission to reintroduce Britain's only native dormice into woodlands straddling the Cumbrian and Lancashire border has been recognised in a special award for an outstanding contribution. Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has hailed work by the Back on our Map (BOOM) project, made possible by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and backed by University of Cumbria.


Posted on Monday, January 31, 2022

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Conservation, Geography, Postgraduate, Research, Science

Royal Television Society success for Professor of Practice

Royal Television Society success for Professor of Practice

Acclaimed filmmaker and University of Cumbria Professor of Practice Terry Abraham is celebrating Royal Television Society success. The concluding chapter of his ‘Life on a Mountain’ series, about Helvellyn in the Lake District, has been named Best Factual Production at the RTS North East and the Border Awards 2022. Film and TV students from the university's Institute of Arts were also shortlisted in the regional RTS awards.


Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, Art and Design, Conservation, Employability, Media Arts, Undergraduate, Wildlife Media

Awards and recognition for university staff, students and international research

Awards and recognition for university staff, students and international research

Internationally renowned research projects focusing on polar bear interactions with humans and innovative rewilding in the Scottish Highlands are among University of Cumbria staff and student award successes celebrated this month. Student nurses and researchers to professors of environment and fine art at the University of Cumbria are celebrating recognition in a number of national and international awards.


Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Tagged Ambleside, Art and Design, Carlisle, Employability, Geography, Health and Wellbeing, IFLAS, Lancaster, Midwifery, Nursing, Postgraduate, Research, Science, Undergraduate

Think tank’s fact-finding visit to North West and University of Cumbria

Think tank’s fact-finding visit to North West and University of Cumbria

Senior figures from the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) have been visiting the University of Cumbria to see how its place-based and employer partnerships are working to address the need for more higher-level skills across the North West.


Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Tagged Ambleside, Carlisle, Education, Lancaster

Drive for ethnic writers sees poet preside in Wordsworth’s world

Drive for ethnic writers sees poet preside in Wordsworth’s world

An acclaimed poet who co-founded a collective of British writers of South Asian origin has followed Wordsworth on a Lakes’ literary journey with a difference.


Posted on Monday, May 30, 2022

Tagged Ambleside

‘Deep Time’: New Public Art Programme featuring leading contemporary artists announced for Lake District Coast

‘Deep Time’: New Public Art Programme featuring leading contemporary artists announced for Lake District Coast

A lesser-known stretch of England’s rugged North West coast is the inspiration for a new public art commissions programme announced today and launching in spring 2023. The project, supported by the University of Cumbria's Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas, is called Deep Time: Commissions for the Lake District Coast and draws on the varied landscape and rich heritage of West Cumbria, its people and place.


Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Research

‘Northern stronghold’ for rare hazel dormice created in Lancashire

‘Northern stronghold’ for rare hazel dormice created in Lancashire

A ‘northern stronghold’ of rare hazel dormice is being created in Lancashire thanks to a partnership of nature and conservation organisations, including the University of Cumbria Back on our Map (BOOM) lottery-funded project.


Posted on Friday, June 24, 2022

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, CNPPA, Conservation, Geography, Research, Science, Wildlife Media, Zoology

University of Cumbria signs up to global campaign to end men’s violence against women

University of Cumbria signs up to global campaign to end men’s violence against women

The University of Cumbria has committed to working to end men’s violence against women by becoming White Ribbon UK accredited. White Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people, especially men and boys, to individually and collectively take action and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence.


Posted on Friday, July 8, 2022

Tagged Ambleside, Carlisle, Community Work, Lancaster, London, Student Life

No taboos in major menstruation study

No taboos in major menstruation study

Using her own experiences as a climber, mountaineer, biker and wild swimmer, University of Cumbria student Erin Annison has been researching how to deal with menstruation in the great outdoors as part of her Outdoor and Experiential Learning course


Posted on Monday, July 11, 2022

Tagged Ambleside, Education, Health and Wellbeing, Research, Science

Tapping into potential powerhouse of young conservationists

Tapping into potential powerhouse of young conservationists

A ‘tipping point’ in climate change and species loss has seen sixth formers targeted in a fightback mission designed to bring practical help and understanding across swathes of south Cumbria and north Lancashire.


Posted on Monday, August 1, 2022

Tagged Ambleside

Charlotte Mason memories sought for centenary celebrations

Charlotte Mason memories sought for centenary celebrations

Former students with tales to tell of Ambleside’s celebrated Charlotte Mason College are urged to share them in plans to mark the world-renowned educator a century after her death.


Posted on Monday, August 15, 2022

Tagged Alumni, Ambleside, CNPPA, Education, LED, Research

Rare species returns to Cumbria

Rare species returns to Cumbria

The first confirmed sighting of a pine marten in south Cumbria for over a decade has been recorded on a remote camera in Grizedale Forest.


Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Tagged Ambleside, CNPPA, Community Work, Conservation, Forestry, Geography, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Science