Tue 08 October 2019

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.

Charlotte Mason College alumnae and retired teacher Audrey Wright (aged 90) visits the Ambleside campus, October 2019

Mon 07 October 2019

University marks World Mental Health Day 2019

As a leading training provider of health professionals, the University of Cumbria has a major role in helping to mark World Mental Health Day across the North West. Visitors are invited to the Festival of Mental Health, a day of workshops, sessions, presentations, art and exhibitions at the university’s Lancaster campus on Thursday, 10 October. The university is also one of the major Cumbrian employers supporting ‘This is Me’, a campaign which challenges the stigma around mental health at work.

Steve McCarthy-Grunwald and Charlotte Pearce, Lord Melvyn Bragg of Wigton

Mon 30 September 2019

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.

Dr Penny Bradshaw in the Lake District giving literary talks

Thu 19 September 2019

Bafta award-winning Peaky Blinders gives boost to illustrator

Television’s Tommy Shelby – the kingpin character of BAFTA award-winning Peaky Blinders – is giving graduate illustrator Harry G Ward a career boost. A digital painting by the 23-year-old – entitled ‘Cracks’ - is gracing billboards on roadsides up and down the country as well as the BBC’s digital, online and social platforms as part of a major publicity campaign by the broadcaster to promote the fifth series of screenwriter Steven Knight’s crime-gang drama.

2018 Illustration graduate Harry G Ward's winning piece, one of 16 winners to be chosen in the summer 2019 BBC Peaky Blinders FanArt competition run by BBC Creative

Tue 17 September 2019

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.