University of Cumbria to co-host future of farming DEFRA consultation event

University of Cumbria to co-host future of farming DEFRA consultation event

An event to set out the government’s vision for the future of food, farming and the environment is to be held in Cumbria. Co-hosted by University of Cumbria alongside the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, this event is one of a series of consultation events being held to discuss Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit.


Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Tagged Geography

University ranked 35th in student opinion survey

University ranked 35th in student opinion survey

In data released today, the University of Cumbria has been ranked 35th out of 126 higher education institutions in a student-informed survey – a massive rise of 60 places.


Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018

Tagged Art and Design, Business, CACHET, Children and Families, CRED, Education, Employability, Forestry, Geography, Health and Wellbeing, IFLAS

Memorandum signing marks formal farming collaboration

Memorandum signing marks formal farming collaboration

A farm which acts as a natural laboratory allowing students from the University of Cumbria to monitor biodiversity, lambing and undertake other valuable work experience has signed a formal memorandum of understanding with the university. Susan’s Farm, at Houghton near Carlisle, is a 200 acre organic beef and sheep farm featuring pedigree Longhorn cattle, sheep, goslings and chickens is named after honorary fellow Susan Aglionby.


Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tagged Geography, Media Arts, Zoology

Food and farming research tour to pit stop in Ambleside

Food and farming research tour to pit stop in Ambleside

The University of Cumbria is to host a visit by researchers who have taken to two wheels to cross the UK to canvas opinions about food and farming. The Food Farming and Countryside Commission, part of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, has embarked on the seven-month odyssey to hear grass roots opinions in high streets, supermarkets, farmers markets, workplaces and pubs.


Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tagged Geography, Outdoor Studies

Lakes partnership chairman pleased with university’s ‘great ambition’ on return to campus

Lakes partnership chairman pleased with university’s ‘great ambition’ on return to campus

The chairman of the Lake District National Parks Partnership (LDNPP), was pleased with the University of Cumbria’s ‘great ambition’ when he returned to the university’s Ambleside campus after a break of several years.


Posted on Friday, June 22, 2018

Tagged CNPPA, Community Work, Conservation, Education, Forestry, Geography, IFLAS, Outdoor Studies, Research, Wildlife Media

Outstanding response to university 1000-mile bus tour

Outstanding response to university 1000-mile bus tour

Students from the University of Cumbria will be over 450 miles into a 1000-mile tour of Northern England and Ireland by the end of this week, helping people to find their place at university. So far, students have taken over 450 enquiries from people looking to start university this year or next. Students have spoken to people from such far off places as Colombia and one individual is known to have travelled 105 miles from his home in Dublin to visit the bus in Belfast just to get some advice.


Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Tagged Business, CACHET, Children and Families, Community Work, Education, Employability, Forestry, Geography, Health and Wellbeing, Humanities, Law, Media Arts, Midwifery, Outdoor Studies, Paramedic

Marsh mission could help combat coastal erosion

Marsh mission could help combat coastal erosion

Researchers from the University of Cumbria are among a team working to discover why some salt marshes are more resilient than others when it comes to weathering storms and coping with rising sea levels. Next week samples taken from the Lancashire coast will be analysed at one of the worlds’ largest indoor flumes, an apparatus which enables the effects of storms to be replicated under laboratory conditions, at the Leibniz University in Hannover.


Posted on Friday, August 17, 2018

Tagged Geography

Ambleside campus director promises ‘honest and open dialogue’ with communities

Ambleside campus director promises ‘honest and open dialogue’ with communities

The ‘jewel in the crown’ is how the University of Cumbria’s newly appointed director of the Ambleside campus describes the site in the heart of the Lake District. But Dr Lois Mansfield is no stranger to the historic centre; for 20 years she has worked in higher education in Cumbria most recently as principal lecturer in forestry, conservation and geography based within sight of Fairfield and a host of other sought after peaks.


Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tagged CNPPA, Community Work, Conservation, Education, Employability, Finance, Forestry, Geography, IFLAS, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Research

Soundscape research brings the countryside to life

Soundscape research brings the countryside to life

Could a soundscape, presented using state of the art technology, help encourage more young people to take an active interest in the countryside? A collaboration between the University of Cumbria, University for the Creative Arts, Glyndwr University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Albion Outdoors funded by the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training (CREST) has seen academics focus on nature and biodiversity.


Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2018

Tagged Conservation, Geography, Outdoor Studies, Research

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teacher training supports unique ‘place-based’ curriculum inspired by Eden Project North

Teacher training supports unique ‘place-based’ curriculum inspired by Eden Project North

A new PGCE will help student teachers embrace the educational opportunities of the environment around them, tapping into the learning potential of the landscape and life around Morecambe Bay


Posted on Friday, May 14, 2021

Tagged Applications, Children and Families, Conservation, Education, Geography, Lancaster, Postgraduate

Prison plays key role in rare tree revival

Prison plays key role in rare tree revival

Cumbria's only prison has become host to a special tree nursery where inmates approaching the end of their sentences are helping an ambitious project to restore endangered fauna and flora. HMP Haverigg is playing a key role in the University of Cumbria-led Back on our Map (BOOM) mission to encourage communities to get involved in a far-reaching four-year reintroduction programme for 10 threatened species.


Posted on Monday, May 4, 2020

Tagged Conservation, Forestry, Geography, National School of Forestry, Research, Science

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

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

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

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

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