Fri 07 August 2020

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.

PR2316 Tania Lemmey and Dr Chris Loynes - nature during covid19 lockdown research. August 2020. Institute of Science, Natural Resources, Outdoor Studies. Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas.

Tue 04 August 2020

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.

BBC Springwatch presenter Gillian Burke hails Back on our Map project. August 2020.

Fri 31 July 2020

Photographer gains degree with his autobiographical picture portrayal of life with a disability

Photography graduate Jordan Mossom has praised University of Cumbria for supporting him to study for and gain a degree while living with a rare muscle-wasting condition. Growing up with a passion for photography, Jordan did not think university would be an option open to him. He's now a proud member of University of Cumbria’s Class of 2020, successfully completing his degree this summer and seeing his work recognised by an international photography magazine.

Photography graduate Jordan Mossom, Class of 2020, Institute of the Arts, July 2020

Mon 27 July 2020

Success for Cumbria’s university students at D&AD New Blood 2020

Three new University of Cumbria graduates are celebrating after scooping accolades in a series of influential industry awards that recognise young and emerging creative talent. Graphic design graduates Tim Stewart and Jacob Towle are among the winners of the 2020 D&AD New Blood Awards and illustrator Ed Merlin Murray is 'One to Watch' according to the charity which inspires and celebrates excellence in design and advertising.

Three University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts students have been recognised in the 2020 New Blood Awards and Festival. Ed Merlin Murray, illustration, and graphic design Tim Stewart and Jacob Towle. July 2020

Wed 22 July 2020

Student special educational needs teachers help others Covid19 pandemic

When student teachers in Lancashire were forced to cancel a key conference about inclusion that they had spent months planning they made sure their efforts to help others were not thwarted by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, items and funds raised by University of Cumbria students on a four-year BA Hons Primary Education with QTS in Inclusion/SEND (special educational needs) course have been given to a local foodbank and disability swimming club.

Institute of Education Primary Education QTS SEND/inclusion students who donated funds and items raised for their key conference in May to a foodbank and disability swim club after the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. July 2020

Tue 21 July 2020

Cumbria launches new website showcasing talents of more than 120 artists 

2020Vision is a virtual gallery giving University of Cumbria arts graduates a clear platform to show off their skills developed over the last three years. The university’s Brampton Road campus in Carlisle - a creative arts campus for 70 years - is usually transformed each summer by its talented students completing an array of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.  Coronavirus lockdown restrictions mean that this year's celebration has moved online for the first time.

Institute of the Arts, logo for digital showcase, July 2020

Fri 17 July 2020

University congratulates its Class of 2020

Today Vice Chancellor Professor Julie Mennell leads University of Cumbria in congratulating its Class of 2020. In the week that the university would usually welcome its latest graduands to Carlisle for a series of graduation ceremonies, the Vice Chancellor leads the congratulations in a new video that recognises and celebrates the achievements and impact of its Class of 2020. Informal virtual celebrations with staff and students have also been held across the university's five institutes.

Pic of Mental Health Nursing students to go with PR about Class of 2020 video from VC. July 2020