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

Cold weather advice from Cumbrian outdoor survival expert.

Cold weather advice from Cumbrian outdoor survival expert.

Last week she was teaching first year outdoor studies students how to survive by passing on her bush craft skills; this week University of Cumbria lecturer Dr Lisa Fenton has been watching closely the effects of the severe cold spell which has affected much of the UK. Dr Fenton served an apprenticeship with Ray Mears from 1999-2002 and then established Woodsmoke, a school for wilderness and bushcraft, based in the centre of the Lake District national park.


Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018

Tagged Outdoor Studies

Climate change conference focuses on Hebridean adventure

Climate change conference focuses on Hebridean adventure

The experiences of eleven students from the University of Cumbria who spent a week kayaking around some of the most inaccessible and beautiful areas of the Outer Hebrides formed the basis of a presentation given to one of Europe’s most prestigious outdoor research conferences.


Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tagged Outdoor Studies

8,000 miles on a bike made of British bamboo

8,000 miles on a bike made of British bamboo

The UK’s first ‘home-grown bicycle’ has successfully crossed a continent, reaching Ushuaia, Patagonia at the tip of South America; a town known as ‘the end of the world.’ University of Cumbria associate lecturer, Dr Kate Rawles, built the bike at the Bamboo Bicycle Club in London from bamboo grown at Cornwall’s world-renowned Eden Project.’


Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tagged IFLAS, Outdoor Studies

Field trip to Rum provides eye opening experience for outdoor studies students

Field trip to Rum provides eye opening experience for outdoor studies students

Students from the University of Cumbria were the first university group to visit the isle of Rum since wildfires broke out damaging the island’s fragile ecology. The Ambleside-based second year outdoor studies students spent five days on the island as part of a field trip investigating various aspects of the island’s physical geography. Research of footpath erosion - real concern on the island - was one area where students took time to study the changes on one of the main routes leading into th


Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tagged Outdoor Studies

Symposium hears how Cumbria outdoor research is flourishing

Symposium hears how Cumbria outdoor research is flourishing

A capacity audience of people with an interest in the outdoors from across the north of England attended a day of discussion organised by the University of Cumbria to showcase research underway focusing on outdoor learning (Thursday 26 April.) The Outdoor Learning Research and Development Symposium was organised by the university’s Learning Education and Development Research Centre.


Posted on Friday, April 27, 2018

Tagged Outdoor Studies

Japanese visitors praise Cumbrian hospitality

Japanese visitors praise Cumbrian hospitality

A report produced by a group of Japanese students who visited the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus has praised the benefits of studying within a World Heritage Site and the skills of the academics who shared their knowledge of the area’s landscape and history. Twelve students from Waseda University in central Tokyo spent ten days in Ambleside studying the work of Wordsworth, Ruskin and others as well as topics ranging from sustainability to how the area should develop.


Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tagged Outdoor Studies

Peter completes gruelling Alpine challenge at fourth attempt

Peter completes gruelling Alpine challenge at fourth attempt

It was a case of fourth time lucky for a University of Cumbria lecturer who has just completed a gruelling traverse along some of the highest peaks in the Alps. The Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route straddles French and Swiss Alps and is rated as one of the most famous yet challenging high-level ski tours in the world.


Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018

Tagged Outdoor Studies

Invitation to have your say on research to put wildlife back on the map

Invitation to have your say on research to put wildlife back on the map

Green winged orchids, the northern dune tiger beetle and the Duke of Burgundy butterfly; examples of flora and fauna which were once common around Morecambe Bay but in recent years have disappeared. Now people living around the Bay are being invited to have their say as part of a project which could lead to local species reintroductions. Back on Our Map has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and has seen the recruitment of a small team of biologists at the University of Cumbria.


Posted on Monday, June 4, 2018

Tagged Outdoor Studies

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

Farming and food roadshow calls into Cumbria

Farming and food roadshow calls into Cumbria

Academics from the University of Cumbria have contributed to a nationwide survey conducted by bike to consider how food and farming will change after Brexit. On Tuesday (June 26) Robert Reed called into the university’s Ambleside campus to interview principal lecturer in upland resource management Dr Lois Mansfield and IFLAS associate lecturer and Food Ethics Council member Dr Kate Rawles.


Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tagged Outdoor Studies

Pioneering marine and freshwater graduate was inspired by Windermere waste

Pioneering marine and freshwater graduate was inspired by Windermere waste

“I always wanted to work with sharks” is how Emma Baker explains her enthusiasm for the aquatic world which has led to her becoming the first student to graduate from the University of Cumbria with an honours degree in Marine and Freshwater Conservation. The student, from Chester-le-Street, enjoyed unrivalled access to a variety of streams, rivers, lakes and the sea during her time based at the Ambleside campus.


Posted on Friday, July 20, 2018

Tagged Graduation, Outdoor Studies

Picos pair return to inspire next generation of outdoor researchers

Picos pair return to inspire next generation of outdoor researchers

Two former University of Cumbria students inspired by the soaring mountains and picturesque valleys of northern Spain have shared their enthusiasm with a new generation learning about the outdoors. 15 years after they were last there alumni Ryland Cairns and Jack Boniface revisited the area with a field trip from Cumbria to highlight how a decade of change has affected the area.


Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tagged Outdoor Studies

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

Lisa to talk bushcraft skills in Oz

Lisa to talk bushcraft skills in Oz

An expert in bush craft and survival techniques from the University of Cumbria is among speakers at a conference on the other side of the world. Dr Lisa Fenton is preparing to attend the 8th International Adventure Therapy Conference in Sydney, Australia which begins next week.


Posted on Monday, August 20, 2018

Tagged Outdoor Studies

Story-telling lecturer Tracy wins creativity research award

Story-telling lecturer Tracy wins creativity research award

A university lecturer has won an award for her unusual research approach at the BERA Conference 2018 at Northumbria University. Tracy uses story-telling techniques to share research findings in an engaging and easy way to understand.


Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tagged Children and Families, Community Work, Conservation, Education, Health and Wellbeing, Outdoor Studies, Research, Science

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

Sustainability student to host BBC One Show presenter's festival date to highlight plastic pollution

Sustainability student to host BBC One Show presenter's festival date to highlight plastic pollution

A student from the University of Cumbria who is working to improve the sustainability of the Kendal Mountain Festival is to present and interview a BBC One Show presenter who’s campaigning to highlight plastic pollution. One Show presenter Lucy Siegle will be appearing at this year’s event on Saturday and will be hosted by PhD student Seónaid Lafferty.


Posted on Monday, November 12, 2018

Tagged 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

Pioneering Lake District research collaboration underway

Pioneering Lake District research collaboration underway

Three pioneering students whose work will help develop a greater understanding of the priceless Cumbrian environment have begun their research. The University of Cumbria is collaborating with Friends of the Lake District, the South Cumbria Rivers Trust and Portable Ecosystems Ltd to offer the innovative MSc programmes.


Posted on Monday, December 17, 2018

Tagged Outdoor Studies, Research

Further funding sought following interest in south Cumbrian species reintroduction project

Further funding sought following interest in south Cumbrian species reintroduction project

Nearly 500 people took part in a series of talks aimed at highlighting the possible reintroduction of species to South Cumbria. The project, called Back on our Map (BOOM) was led by academics from the University of Cumbria’s Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas.


Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Tagged Outdoor Studies, Research

Ambleside talks aim to showcase research work underway at university

Ambleside talks aim to showcase research work underway at university

Talks on the value of time spent outside and the health and the wellbeing benefits for primary school age children learning in the great outdoors are among a series of talks to be held at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus in 2019. The professoriate lectures are a new initiative aimed at appealing to students and locals alike. The lecture series provides an opportunity for Professors at the University of Cumbria to share insights into their work and research and its impact on society.


Posted on Friday, December 21, 2018

Tagged IFLAS, National School of Forestry, Outdoor Studies, Research

‘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

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

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

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

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

Triumphing over adversity

Triumphing over adversity

University was always going to be a challenge for Dominic Bingham who had been at a school for the deaf before starting his outdoor adventure and environment degree. And at a graduation ceremony in Carlisle Cathedral, he celebrated his triumph over adversity, especially remembering his father Mark who died last year.


Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019

Tagged Graduation, Health and Wellbeing, Outdoor Studies

‘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

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

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

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

Outdoor research first set to go global

Outdoor research first set to go global

An outdoor learning tome strongly influenced from the heart of the Lake District is set to go global and adopted as an industry bible.


Posted on Friday, October 11, 2019

Tagged Outdoor Studies

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

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

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

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

Push for outdoor citizen status for every child

Push for outdoor citizen status for every child

As national attention focuses on the payback of outdoor experiences for children, a leading academic takes centre stage to explain how risk management and adventure need to be embraced. Professor of outdoor and environmental education at University of Cumbria’s Institute of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies, Heather Prince will share a passion that all young people should have access to potentially life changing activities.


Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Tagged Education, Outdoor Studies

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

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 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 university strengthens links with leading Chinese medical university through outdoor learning partnership

Cumbria university strengthens links with leading Chinese medical university through outdoor learning partnership

The University of Cumbria signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Guizhou Medical University (GZMU) in China that will allow selected students to complete their final year of a undergraduate or master's degree at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus.


Posted on Thursday, July 15, 2021

Tagged Outdoor Studies

Metropolis first for pioneering masters

Metropolis first for pioneering masters

An internationally-renowned bushcraft expert is returning to her London roots to help deliver the first master's degree course of its kind in the heart of the city.


Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Tagged London, Outdoor Studies

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