Photography and green space – can they positively impact mental health?
Bradley Brook is a new outdoor photography exhibition by Institute of Arts academic Tristan Poyser, exploring our relationship with nature and the benefit to our mental health and wellbeing.
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2022
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
University of Cumbria announces two new senior appointments
Dr Amanda Taylor-Beswick joined the University of Cumbria in June 2022 as a new Director responsible for developing a Centre for Digital Transformation as part of the University’s 2030 Strategy. Amanda brings with her a wealth of experience including mental health social work and social work with D/deaf children and adults in Ireland. It was Amanda’s interest in social work education that led her to social work academia in England.
Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2022
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
‘Green exercise’ research influenced by new Commonwealth Games inspired gardens
Lancaster primary school pupils and university staff collaborating on a gardening project inspired by the 2022 Commonwealth Games are helping to influence sport academic Mark Christie’s continuing research into the benefits of ‘green exercise’.
Posted on Monday, July 4, 2022
University kicks off preseason training for League One club
Preseason training for Sky Bet League One contenders Morecambe FC has kicked off at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster. The Shrimps’ first-team squad members have spent their first day back for preseason training at the Bowerham Road campus. Led by lecturer Xavier Smith and colleagues within the university’s Institute of Health, undergraduate students on the BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation degree programme have put the professional footballers through a series of human performance tests.
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2022
‘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
‘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
'First of its kind' inclusive arts symposium takes place in Carlisle
Carlisle based disability arts organisation Prism Arts and the University of Cumbria Institute of Arts have teamed up to deliver a symposium showcasing inclusive arts in higher education. Step Up Step Forward takes place in July 2022.
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Alumni award for top teacher
The University of Cumbria is proud of the vital and significant contributions our alumni make in positively transforming lives of others. Kerryann Wilson is the recipient of our university’s Alumnus of the Year 2021 Award, which recognises former students who have demonstrated professional success which reflect the vision and values of our institution.
Posted on Friday, April 29, 2022
PhD student’s research strengthens occupational therapy education and patient care
Dr Joan Howarth has become the first to celebrate a special milestone with the University of Cumbria this week. A Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy, she is the first to attend a graduation ceremony to receive a PhD awarded by the University of Cumbria.
Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2022
Special Spring graduations begin, celebrating Classes of 2020 and 2021
Five days of ceremonies have started at Carlisle Cathedral, celebrating the academic achievements, resilience and determination of 2,700 University of Cumbria graduands - Classes of 2020 and 2021
Posted on Monday, April 25, 2022
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
Forging innovation culture across Cumbria
A University of Cumbria-backed £5.7m business growth initiative, CUSP II, which is helping small and medium-sized businesses to break down innovation barriers and encourage leading-edge processes and products, is launching a new series of events to further support businesses in the county.
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2022
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
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
Research collaboration on business and the Sustainable Development Goals
The University of Cumbria is working with the start-up sustainability consultancy SDG Changemakers on a new industry research project to support the development of 'InToto', a digital sustainability business management tool for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2021
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
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
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
Major Icelandic shows for Cumbrian artist
Acclaimed work by a University of Cumbria fine artist is on show in two major exhibitions in Iceland. Professor Mark Wilson has spent the last 20-years working with Professor Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir, from Iceland’s University of the Arts, on assignments engineered to establish the force of art on conservation.
Posted on Monday, October 4, 2021
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
Academics supporting young people from Cumbria to research health and wellbeing support for peers in the region
Students from the William Howard School Sixth Form in Brampton, and members of the Carlisle Youth Zone are carrying out a number of research projects, as part of work funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC).
Posted on Friday, July 23, 2021
University to host Cumbria youth crime prevention conference
Chief Constable Michelle Skeer, county Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall and university vice chancellor Professor Julie Mennell are among the speakers at the Cumbria Youth Crime Prevention Conference 2021 taking place this week. The University of Cumbria and leading ‘sport for development’ charity StreetGames are hosting the virtual conference to find new ways of tackling youth crime and anti-social behaviour in Cumbria.
Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Worldviews specialist helps future school and classroom leaders
Religious Education and leadership expert Dr Mark Chater has joined the University of Cumbria’s respected Institute of Education. A former national policy-making advisor, the author, researcher and consultant becomes a Professor of Practice in Worldviews Education.
Posted on Friday, June 11, 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
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
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
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
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
Public health academic to address CBRNe specialists at European event
A University of Cumbria academic is preparing to address a European conference for specialists who manage responses to major emergencies and disasters. Colonel David Bates will speak at the NCT Virtual Europe event hosted by the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and explosive (CBRNe) Society.
Posted on Wednesday, March 24, 2021
National Tree Week with a difference
As the nation celebrates its trees a South Cumbrian mission to reintroduce threatened species has pledged to plant upwards of 4,600 rare aspens. With National Tree week running from November 28 to December 6, the Back on our Map (BOOM) project plans to start work with inmates at HMP Haverigg Prison to establish sapling growing nurseries and planting areas.
Posted on Monday, November 23, 2020
Diversity research, teaching and learning enrichment at Cumbria’s university
Building upon its academic excellence and unique characteristics, University of Cumbria is enriching its teaching and learning of and research into diversity. Recent achievements include recognition on a national stage for academic research which gives insight into factors affecting aspirant headteachers from minority ethnic and other backgrounds seeking to pursue school leadership roles; and enrichment of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) for student teachers.
Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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
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
New role for University of Cumbria lecturer
Colonel David Bates, who leads University of Cumbria’s postgraduate programmes in disaster, crisis and humanitarian response, has been admitted to the Court of The Company of Nurses (City of London).
Posted on Monday, November 2, 2020
Health and inequality expert advising government on COVID response
Kaz Stuart, Professor of Social and Health Inequalities at the Centre of Research for Health and Society at the university was one of 350 experts who shared what they think the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic will be over the next two to five years.
Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2020
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
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
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
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
#makeitblue campaign lights up former Cumbria hospital as university says thank you to coronavirus heroes
University of Cumbria joined forces with two county firms to say a special #makeitblue thank you to the NHS heroes, key workers and volunteers helping communities during the coronavirus lockdown. Its Grade II-listed Skiddaw building on the Fusehill Street campus in Carlisle was lit up in an eye-catching display to coincide with Thursday evening’s #clapforcarers. Formerly the city's general hospital, the site is now where student nurses and many more entering public services are educated.
Posted on Friday, May 29, 2020
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
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
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
COVID stories sought for post-pandemic recovery
A research centre at the University of Cumbria is seeking people's personal experiences of living through COVID-19 (coronavirus) in a bid to support communities once the peak of the pandemic has passed.
Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2020
Challenge white, middle class perceptions to bring equity, not equality, to education, says Cumbria social justice expert
An education expert says the current ‘white, male dominated and middle class’ view of education must be challenged to help successfully tackle social injustice. Sally Elton-Chalcraft, professor of social justice in education at the University of Cumbria, believes challenging existing laws, systems and perceptions will help bring equity – fairness – in education to everyone regardless of their gender, background, ethnicity, intelligence, religion and beliefs.
Posted on Monday, March 9, 2020
New academy to answer urgent ultrasound shortage
Thanks to new NHS funding, the University of Cumbria is forging an innovative way of training sonographers, the health professionals who perform ultrasound scans, that not only ensures they are better prepared for clinical placement but simultaneously increases the NHS’ capacity to train them.
Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2020
‘Cumbria uniquely unequal’ for children, says inequality expert
An inequalities campaigner is set to lift the lid on the unique social factors in Cumbria that play a surprisingly significant part in determining the social outcomes of children in the county.
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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
Cumbria’s Assistant Chief Constable becomes a Master of Science
One of Cumbria’s most senior police officers has joined the ranks of 1,000 graduands. Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Slattery accepted his Master of Science award at Carlisle Cathedral after completing his MSc in Strategic Policing, picking up his scroll 29 years after gaining a degree in sociology.
Posted on Monday, December 2, 2019
Archbishop of York awarded university’s inaugural honorary doctorate
A standing ovation greeted the man who has been a guiding light and figurehead of Cumbria’s university since its inception as he accepted its first honorary doctorate. University of Cumbria Chancellor, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, gracefully accepted the honour during a ceremony at Carlisle Cathedral.
Posted on Friday, November 29, 2019
Winter graduations bring university celebrations to Cumbria
Figures from the worlds of media, agriculture and land management, and the Church of England are joining 1,000 graduands being honoured by Cumbria’s university. With up to 4,000 people expected, University of Cumbria is awarding three honorary fellowships and its first honorary doctorate across three days of graduation ceremonies at Carlisle Cathedral over 26-28 November.
Posted on Friday, November 22, 2019
New institute’s ambition to tackle NHS staffing crisis
A new Institute of Health set up at the University of Cumbria aims to tackle the ongoing staffing crisis in the NHS with a dual purpose of recruiting more new staff in Cumbria as well as upskilling and retaining the current workforce. In addition to growing new recruits, the newly formed institute aims to support policy and research in relation to the NHS Long Term Plan with a renewed emphasis on increased funding for continuing professional development (CPD) and upskilling of current NHS staff.
Posted on Friday, November 1, 2019
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
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
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
Multi-million pound investment to improve region’s health
Experts in the region are leading a national project to address health inequalities in the country and the prevention of poor health. A new government £16 million health improvement programme in the North East and North Cumbria has been awarded to a collaboration which includes the University of Cumbria.
Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2019
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
Cumbrian historian takes match-fixing research to global event in Australia
Research into the impact of match-fixing in sport through the ages has been presented at the World Congress of Science and Football by an academic from the University of Cumbria.
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2019
University professor announced as chair of Royal College of Occupational Therapists
Professor Diane Cox from the University of Cumbria has been appointed chair of council at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019
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
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
Flood resilience lessons for 400 schoolchildren from across the Lune Valley
Hundreds of pupils are to learn about the risks and dangers of flooding and how they can help build up resilience for the future. The University of Cumbria’s campus in Bowerham Road, Lancaster is hosting an event in partnership with the Lune Valley Flood Forum, welcoming up to 400 pupils from 11 primary schools. Statutory agencies, charities, and nature and wildlife bodies are also taking part in the multi-agency event.
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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
Joy is key to fulfilling social work career, according to Australian academic
“Pay attention to what gives you joy”, was the sage advice renowned Australian social worker, Dr Andrew Turnell, gave students at a social work conference in Carlisle last week.
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2019
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
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
Supermarket surprise as art exhibition transforms market stall
A new supermarket is opening this weekend and whilst the items on the shelves will be up for sale all won’t be quite what it seems. For ‘shopkeeper’ Martin Fowler is an artist who wants his new installation ‘Supermarket’ to allow people to explore their feelings around commodities and the value placed upon them. He has spent the last two years re-creating, making and sourcing hundreds of individual items ranging from tins of beans to cans of lager to bring his exhibition to life.
Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2019
Lecturer scores lead physio role for England Students' Rugby team
A University of Cumbria physiotherapy lecturer has scored the job of his dreams as he learns he has been made lead physiotherapist for the England Students’ Rugby Union team.
Posted on Monday, April 8, 2019
Carlisle youth urge Michael Gove to attend emergency climate change summit
Carlisle school children have written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, inviting him to attend a climate change summit which aims to give students across Cumbria a voice on what many believe is an increasingly urgent issue.
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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
Two university projects shortlisted for famed Educate North Awards
Not one but two university-led projects have been shortlisted for a prestigious Educate North Award. Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme developed the Hello Future programme, a series of motivating and engaging workshops, residentials, events, mentoring and resources to increase numbers of young people entering higher education. About Being, sees stroke survivors in Carlisle offered weekly dance and movement sessions to support and maintain their ongoing recovery and rehabilitation.
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Cartoon hero Tintin helps inspire students in new research link
A collection of artwork, books and items telling the story of world-famous cartoon character Tintin is inspiring artists at the University of Cumbria.
Posted on Friday, March 22, 2019
Marine biologist dives into new science role
A marine biologist has secured her dream job in which she hopes to excite Cumbrian school children about science. Caroline Sharples, 31, is taking up a new position as academic lead for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) outreach at the University of Cumbria. Her job will show young people how exciting these subjects are and how they permeate every aspect of our lives. The role forms part of the university’s commitment to create more opportunities for young people to parti
Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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
Boost to health research with launch of new support service
A service to help researchers in north Cumbria secure funding for health and social care research is launching in Carlisle later this month. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service North East and North Cumbria is launching at The University of Cumbria’s Fusehill Street Campus in Carlisle on Thursday 28 February.
Posted on Monday, February 18, 2019
University to start new research into approaches for early diagnosis of cancer
The University of Cumbria is proud to announce that it is starting new research that will help to shape future national NHS cancer services. The university’s Health and Social Care Evaluations (HASCE) team has secured £50,000 from the Northern Cancer Alliance (NCA) for the nine-month ‘Vague Symptoms Pathways Research’ project. Academics will explore the implementation of several specialist multi-disciplinary diagnostic centres in northern England.
Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019
New study seeks male post-break up domestic abuse experiences
An expert who brought into public consciousness the little-known area of male domestic abuse, is extending her research to explore men’s experience of abuse continuing after a relationship ends. Dr Liz Bates from the University of Cumbria is seeking men to contribute their real-life experiences of aggression and control perpetrated by female ex-partners.
Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Emmy award-winning adventure film-maker heads to Carlisle
An Emmy award-winning adventure cinematographer will share exciting tales of his life behind a lens when he visits Carlisle this month. Highly respected by some of the world's top mountaineers, Keith Partridge has worked in some of the world's most hostile and spectacular environments and helped create more than 60 films.
Posted on Monday, January 7, 2019
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
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
International recognition for Lancaster radiography researchers
Radiography researchers from the Lancaster campus of the University of Cumbria are celebrating after winning one of the inaugural prizes awarded by an internationally recognised discussion group. In March Lancaster-based academics Dr Charles Sloan and Dr Paul Miller invited discussions around a paper entitled Are Recent Radiography Grads ‘fit for purpose?’ The online community voted by a significant margin this week that this was the ‘favourite chat’ in recognition of the debate it prompted.
Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2018
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
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
University of Cumbria recognised in 'UK’s Best Breakthroughs'
University of Cumbria research into cases of male domestic abuse is listed in the ‘UK’s Best Breakthroughs’ for having a significant impact on people’s everyday lives. The list compiled by Universities UK, the umbrella group for UK universities, is part of the ‘MadeAtUni’ campaign launched today.
Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2018
University training trailblazing Rolls-Royce project managers
One of the world’s leading industrial technology companies is working with Cumbria’s university to train project managers of the future. The University of Cumbria has signed an agreement to provide level 6 project manager degree apprenticeships to Rolls-Royce apprentices. The degree apprenticeship was developed by a national trailblazer group involving both organisations and other major employers along with training providers from a variety of industries.
Posted on Monday, December 3, 2018
Cumbria radiation sciences research work scores with international community
An internationally recognised discussion group which considers medical radiation sciences research has chosen to highlight work carried out at the University of Cumbria for the second time this year. This month research work, which examined how children are cared for while undergoing MRI procedures, will be the lead discussion topic. The study was conducted by senior lecturer in research methods and social psychology Dr Paul Miller and senior lecturer colleague Dr Lisa Booth.
Posted on Friday, November 9, 2018
Rural areas need a joined up approach to avoid the worst of Brexit
Rural areas would benefit from greater devolved decision making and a single, co-ordinated voice to avoid long-term issues being made worse by Brexit. Academics at the University of Cumbria, Newcastle University and Northumbria University looked at the implications of Brexit on rural Northumberland and surrounding areas.
Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2018
National science spectacular hitting the road
London’s internationally acclaimed Science Museum is set to blow minds across six Cumbrian schools next week in a temperature plummeting extravaganza.
Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Autism research could end confusion in criminal justice system
Research which could help people who it is claimed have ‘context blindness’ receive a fairer treatment by the criminal justice system has been carried out in Cumbria. Academics at the University of Cumbria carried out the two-year long research project in partnership with the Cumbrian-based Triple A Project (All About Autism) charity to raise awareness and prevent confusion.
Posted on Friday, November 16, 2018
Fascinating elephant facts revealed as university and natural history society sign collaborative agreement
Elephants’ fear of bees and dislike of chillies; two facts to emerge during an evening’s talk from wildlife biologist and TV presenter Lizzie Daly who spoke at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus. The star of BBC’s Earth Unplugged and Curious Creatures came as part of a celebration to mark a collaboration between the Ambleside Natural History Society and the University of Cumbria.
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018
Leading Cumbrian academic takes part in conference aimed at disrupting international poaching trade
The University of Cumbria’s professor of environment and society was among a top level group of academics called to attend an international conference held to discuss the trade in illegal wildlife. Professor Ian Convery was asked to take part in an inter-governmental panel discussion which brought him into contact with government ministers and heads of state from over 80 countries, including Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt.
Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2018
Students write course as they study it
Three European universities are trialling an innovative approach to tackle student dropout rates –students are developing their own course in a bid to break down barriers to education.
Posted on Monday, October 22, 2018
University appoints new professors of practice
A face well known within Cumbria’s tourism industry and an expert in child protection issues are to join the University of Cumbria as professors of practice.
Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018
University carries out vital research into Kazakhstan snow leopards in key study
Kazakhstan’s vulnerable iconic snow leopards have been put under the spotlight in key research by University of Cumbria academics. The country’s national symbol, Panthera uncia has been investigated in an assessment of the big cats, alongside their prey populations using environmental data and computer modelling techniques.
Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018
From Canada to Cumbria; policing ties made across the Atlantic
Two senior policing academics from Canada have met counterparts in Cumbia with the aim of considering collaborative crime projects. Dr Gary Ellis and Dr Glenn Hanna both manage the Justice Studies programme at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto Canada and were guests of the University of Cumbria’s policing department on Friday (2 Nov.)
Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018
Reintroducing endangered dragonfly to south Cumbria
In light of the WWF’s startling claim that over 60% of the world’s animal populations have been lost in little over four decades due to man-made factors, experts from the University of Cumbria are lending their genetic expertise to re-introduce an endangered dragonfly to a wildlife reserve in south Cumbria.
Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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
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
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
Academic explores why it's good to laugh
A University of Cumbria senior lecturer in mental health will tell delegates at a specialist Royal College of Nursing Conference in Manchester that humour could help when it comes to treating mental illness. Steve McCarthy-Grunwald, senior lecturer mental health nursing studies, says used in the right way and in the right situation, humour can help patients improve their mental wellb being.
Posted on Monday, September 10, 2018
Pioneering library smart card trialled at Ambleside campus
Students joining the University of Cumbria at Ambleside will be able to make more use of the campus library this term thanks to the development of an innovative programme, which can capture information and display details on their smartphone or tablet. Staff have developed what is thought to be pioneering library ‘smart card’ which uses a quick response (QR) code to be read by digital devices.
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2018
Ambleside campus hosts 'Poetics of Leadership' event
The Ambleside campus of the University of Cumbria was the location for a conference aimed at stimulating creativity within leaders during challenging times. Around 100 delegates from business, academia and research attended The Poetics of Leadership, a collaboration between the university’s Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS), the Crossfields Institute and the Institute of Philosophy and Aesthetics at Alanus University in Germany.
Posted on Friday, September 7, 2018
Conference hears a wealth of research work underway
Students researching subjects as diverse as efforts to improve connectivity in rural areas and the fitness of people in later life were among fifty PhD researchers to take part in a conference at the Lancaster campus of the University of Cumbria. The event aims to provide guidance and encouragement to students as well as an opportunity to present their work to an audience prior to taking research to national or even international conferences.
Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2018
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
Research and innovation showcase offers chance for collaboration
Details of the University of Cumbria’s annual showcase of research work have been revealed. Featuring guest speakers and demonstrations as well as a series of fascinating short talks the Cumbria Research and Innovation conference is to be held on July 6 at the Sentamu Building on the university’s Lancaster campus.
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
University and college combine to offer exclusive insight into the future of advanced manufacturing
Businesses across east Lancashire are invited to a pioneering event to highlight the future challenges faced by the advanced manufacturing industry in the area. Nelson and Colne College and the University of Cumbria are collaborating to bring Professor Lin Li, director of the Laser Processing Research Centre at the University of Manchester, to a special evening aimed at offering an exclusive insight into the development of the sector.
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2018
International social workers seek to improve students’ readiness for work
A group of social work academics from countries across Europe are seeking to improve students’ preparedness for practice.
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018