Student stories

We think that the University of Cumbria is a fantastic place to get your degree, but you don't have to take our word for it! Here's what some of our students thought about their time studying with us.

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Student Profiles

Sophie Osborne

Project Management Degree Apprenticeship

Sophie completed her apprenticeship in 2022 with 1st Class honours.

Abbie Stainton

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

Winner of the North Cumbria Integrated Care Thank You 2020 Student Award, midwifery student Abbie found her experience on placement during the Covid-19 pandemic invaluable.

Abby Clarke

BSc (Hons) Geography

Abby tells the story of how her love for Geography brought her to our Ambleside campus.

Adam Muncaster

BSc (Hons) Psychology (with integrated foundation year)

Adam left the military in 2016, and after giving a number of things a go, decided to pursue a career in Health Psychology. After struggling with his mental health upon leaving the military in 2016, Adam's University of Cumbria journey has seen him find his passion, grow in confidence and become a mental health advocate for others. Keep reading to find out more about his story.

Adele Taylor

BSc (Hons) Nursing/Registered Nurse: Adult Nursing

After learning first hand how pivotal nurses were in the health service, Adele chose to make a huge career change. Read more to hear about her journey.

Aga Dziecielska

BSc (Hons) Psychology

As a mature international student, Aga juggled family responsibilities with studying in a second language. In doing so, the support she received from the psychology lecturing team and fellow students was second-to-none, and Aga loved the inclusivity, diversity and student-centred approach that is central to Cumbria. Read on to find out about Aga’s successes at Cumbria.

Alannah Harton

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

Alexandros Leontiades

BA (Hons) Wildlife Media

Alexandros Leontiades talks about his journey from Cyprus to Cumbria and the many things he loves about being a BA (Hons) Wildlife Media student.

Alison Field

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Alistair Storey

LLB (Hons) - Law

Alistair is from Wylam, Northumberland. He came to university straight after school.

Aliyah Patel

BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing

Students on our undergraduate nursing degrees have the opportunity to complete a three-week elective placement abroad. Children's nursing student Aliyah grasped this chance, spending time working and sightseeing in the Philippines – an experience she'll never forget! Read on to find out about Aliyah's experiences at Cumbria and in the Philippines.

Ameera Gause

BSc (Hons) Nursing/Registered Nurse: Adult Nursing

Ameera was born in the Caribbean, but lived in Coventry, West Midlands, for six years prior to coming to Cumbria. Her sister is currently studying her Adult Nursing course at the University of Cumbria as well.

Amy Cooper

BSc (Hons) Learning Disabilities Nursing

Amy Jay

BSc (Hons) Geography

Amy tells us how her love of the outdoors brought her to our Ambleside campus to study BSc (Hons) Geography.

Anamaria Rambojun

MBA London

Anamaria tells us all about her time at the University of Cumbria in London, from her Global Business Management (Top-Up), to her MBA!

Anderson Uvie-Emegbo

MBA Lancaster

Anderson Uvie-Emegbo talks about his journey from Lagos to Lancaster and the many things he loves about being an MBA student at Cumbria – his new home away from home.

Andrew Clark

Secondary Education with QTS: Religious Education (PGCE)

Andrew, originally from Southport, chose the University of Cumbria because of its long history of successful teacher training. He describes himself as passionate about education and regards RE as central to holistic development of young people.

Andy Eccles

BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership

After leaving the Army, I knew I had to make plans in order to get on with a career. I also was keen to continue a challenging and fulfilling career away from the military and I very much saw getting a degree as a way to initiate that.

Anna Merrell

Bsc Professional Policing

Hi. My name is Anna Merrell; I am a special constable with Cumbria Constabulary and I have just finished my BSc Professional Policing Degree at the University of Cumbria.

Annie Chau

Teacher Training

After teaching children in Hong Kong for 7 years, Annie joined us to continue her teaching career in the UK. Keep reading to hear about her experience of our PGCE programme as an international student, including the bespoke support we offer at the University of Cumbria.

Archit Hegde

BA (Hons) Film & TV

Archit Hegde talks about his journey from Goa to study in Carlisle, his work at Marvel, MGM, and Netflix - and shares his top tips for graduates seeking work in the Film and TV industry.

Becca Fry

Primary Education (5-11): Inclusion with SEND with QTS

Ben Goundry

BA (Hons) International Business Management

Meet Ben as he tells us about how he found his course through Clearing in 2022, what the Clearing experience was like, and what he enjoys most about studying at the University of Cumbria.

Ben Hargreaves

BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation

Ben spent nearly 15 years out of education before deciding he wanted a change in his career. He used our 4-year Integrated Foundation Year route into Sports Rehabilitation to get back into education. Ben is now on his way to a new career completing our MSc Physiotherapy course. Read our interview with Ben below to find out how he took a step towards a new career.

Bethany Woollacott

BSc (Hons) Geography

Bethany tells us how a passion for Geography brought her to studying in the beautiful Lake District.

Carl Atkinson

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science (Degree Level Apprenticeship) - Graduated October 2023

Catherine Hind

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

Nominated for the RCNi Andrew Parker award for Student Nurse of the year, as well as the Student Nursing Times Awards 'Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year', Mental Health Nursing student Catherine Hind proved to everyone what an extraordinary person she is.

Chantel Cumpsty

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

Originally Cape Town, South Africa, Chantel lived first in Yorkshire then moved to Lancaster. She already had a degree in Women’s Studies but was unsure what to do career wise.

Chantel du Randt

PGCE Primary Education with QTS

Chantel du Randt took the leap and embarked on a PGCE to change careers. In this quick interview, she tells us her story and how she managed to balance family life and study to achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a teacher.

Charlie Anderson

BA (Hons) Games Design

Game Jam is an event organised by the BA Games Design course team at the University of Cumbria. It's an exciting creative competition where participants create a game within 72 hours based on a specific theme. The main goal of the event is to inspire creativity, experimentation, learning, collaboration, and, most importantly, to have fun! Charlie Anderson was the winner of the 'Best Video Game' award in the Game Jam 23 with his creation, 'Super Ninja Ball'. Read about his experience here:

Chloe Booth

LLB (Hons) - Law

Hello, I’m Chloe and this is my story.

Chloe Farsi

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Chloe Farsi has been studying Graphic Design at our university since beginning her foundation year in 2013. She is one of the volunteers involved in this year’s Art Degree show, and managed to find some time out from her busy schedule of putting everything together to give us a few words about the show.

Chloe Price

BSc (Hons) Outdoor Adventure and Environment

Chloe, from Wiltshire, came to the University of Cumbria straight from school. She chose her course because of the job prospects it offered as well as because of the location in the heart of the Lake District.

Chloe Searle

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

After graduating from a University of Cumbria degree in Midwifery in 2022, Chloe was awarded Newly Qualified Midwife of the Year by the MAMA Academy, a charity committed to promoting safer pregnancies across the UK. Here, Chloe reflects on her time at Cumbria, the life-long friends she's made, and how her degree studies have helped her reach where she is today.

Christopher Foulds

BA (Hons) Wildlife Media

Meet Christopher, a talented and passionate wildlife enthusiast studying Wildlife Media at the University of Cumbria. Inspired by his love for nature and years of wildlife watching, he now captures its wonders through film and photography. From producing captivating films to receiving support from the Hadfield Trust, Christopher's journey is marked with remarkable experiences and an unwavering dedication to wildlife. Discover more about Christopher's extraordinary student experience below.

Ciara Molloy

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

Claire Hyland

MSc Occupational Therapy

My name is Claire and I’m from the midlands of Ireland. I’m currently studying a Master’s in Occupational Therapy at the University of Cumbria. I wanted to write about my placement experience on the MSc Occupational Therapy programme, to help give you an idea of what a role-emerging placement will be like on the course.

Crystal Graham

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

It might be a world away from Blackburn, but for Crystal Graham, working in Abu Dhabi has become a second home.

Dan Abel

LLB (Hons) - Law

Dan, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire was the first in his family to move away from home for university.

Dan Stearne

BA (Hons) Chartered Managers Degree Apprenticeship for the Visitor Economy

Daniel Fullalove

BA (Hons) Primary and Early Years Education (3-11) with QTS

Meet Daniel, who's studying on our BA (Hons) Primary and Early Years Education (3-11) with QTS programme, as he talks to us about finding his course through Clearing 2023, what the Clearing process was like, and how much he has enjoyed his first year at the University of Cumbria.

Daryl Greenslade

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

"I'm aiming to become a Deputy Head in ten years, that's my ten-year plan. And I can say that I've got the university to thank for that."

Debbie Steel

General Primary with QTS: Inclusion/ Special Educational Needs and Disability

Debbie, a career changer, shares her inspiring story of transitioning from a successful hotel management role to becoming a teacher. Debbie discusses her initial love for teaching, the desire to make a positive impact, and the challenges she faced during her teacher training journey. She highlights the importance of her supportive tutors, valuable placement experiences, and offers practical advice for aspiring teachers. She expresses her enthusiasm towards helping children grow and learn.

Degree Apprenticeship - chartered management (Lexi)

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Lexi is undertaking the Chartered Manager degree Apprenticeship with the University of Cumbria

Djamil Remodkhan

Leadership and Sustainability (Robert Kennedy College)

Originally from Mauritius, Djamil came to our university for the residential portion of the MBA ran in partnership with Leadership and Sustainability.

Dominic Kenyon

BSc Learning Disability Nursing (Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship)

Dominic chose to take up the offer of completing a Learning Disability Nursing apprenticeship as he wants to advocate and improve services for people with Learning Disabilities.

Ehsan Kazemi

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

Ehsan chose to study Diagnostic Radiography as a route to work within the UK as a Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Diagnostic Radiographer. Read more to hear how they are being supported whilst studying.

Eleanor Armstrong

BA (Hons) Social Work

Eleanor completed her Social Work placement at a national homeless charity during the Covid-19 first wave. Find out below how she found the experience, how she was supported through the experience and what she gained out of it.

Eloise Eddington

BSc (Hons) Learning Disabilities Nursing

Eloise's main motivation for becoming a nurse was her little brother.

Emilie Ebbestad

BA (Hons) Outdoor Education

Emilie is from Svelvik, Norway. She chose to study with the University of Cumbria because “I fell in love with the location of the Ambleside campus.”

Emily Gill

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

Emily Wormald

BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership

Hello, I am Emily and this is my story. I grew up in Norwich, but fell in love with the Lake District and want to persue a career sharing my passion for the ourdoors and doing something a bit different from the average 9-5.

Fay Codona

BSc (Hons) Nursing/Registered Nurse: Adult Nursing

Nursing student Fay proud to win excellence prize

Felicity Griggs

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Felicity chose to study Psychology as a mature student, find out how she found the experience and what her next steps are.

Finn Gomes

BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing

Before deciding to pursue Nursing at the University of Cumbria, I worked customer service jobs knowing this wasn’t what I wanted to do. While in college, I was offered the opportunity to become a trainee youth worker. Through this, I worked with young people within an LGBT centre. Not only did I develop skills in advocating for people, but also learned that I wanted to work with children. Alongside this, I always knew I wanted to work in medicine as I've always liked to care for people.

Gaye Cameron

Leadership and Sustainability (Robert Kennedy College)

Gaye Cameron studies at our university as part of the MBA ran in partnership with Robert Kennedy College.

Hanah Pantling

Working with Children and Families

Hanah chose to study Working with Children and Families knowing she wanted to work with children and families to make a positive impact in their lives.

Hannah Dady

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Hannah shares her journey as a Graphic Design student at the University of Cumbria. Hannah reveals her early inspiration that sparked her pursuit of graphic design, her reasons behind choosing the university, and her favourite aspects of the course. Hannah has decided to stay in Carlisle and establish herself as a freelance designer!

Hannah Jennison

MA Literature, Romanticism and the English Lake District

Hannah, who is studying on the MA Literature, Romanticism and the English Lake District course at our Ambleside campus, talks to us about what inspired her research, the opportunities she's had whilst studying in Cumbria, and her plans for the future.

Hannah Roberts

BA (Hons) Games Design

Hannah Roberts is a third-year Games Design student at the Brampton Rd campus in Carlisle. With a passion for digital texturing and an interest in teaching, Hannah shares her experience of studying Games Design at the University of Cumbria. Hannah talks about what inspired her to pursue Games Design, her favourite university experiences, and her future plans. She provides advice for those considering Games Design and shares her thoughts on the course's preparation for a career in the real world.

Harry Wakefield

BSc (Hons) Forest Management

Originally from Norfolk, Harry wanted a change of area when coming to university, choosing the National School of Forestry for its reputation within the forestry sector.

Heather Dowell

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science Course

Jack Howard

BSc (Hons) Outdoor Adventure and Environment

Jack Howard, originally from Driffield in East Yorkshire, decided that his ambitions lay further west.

Jane Day

BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation

Jane left the military and chose to study Sports Rehabilitation after being personally helped by a sports rehabilitation specialist. She wanted to help people who had the same barriers to cross that she did. Find out more about Janes transition from the military to university life below.

Jason Hettrick

Business Management with Human Resources Management

Jason Hettrick started a degree in Business Management in order to progress his career, but found he wasn’t happy with his experience at another institution.

Jayden Glinka

BSc (Hons) Zoology

Jayden Glinka talks about life as a Zoology student from Canada and a newfound love for ground beetles.

Jen Ager

MA in Outdoor and Experiential Learning

Applying to study for my MA in Outdoor and Experiential Learning was a big career decision for me. I’d qualified as a primary school teacher in 2002, but despondent with the current educational climate, it was time for a complete career change.

Joseph Rudd

PGCE Primary Education with QTS

"I wanted the ability to look back in 50 years and be proud of my career, its accomplishments and the difference I have made. I know now that I have made the right decision."

Joshua Gilroy

BSc (Hons) Nursing/Registered Nurse: Adult Nursing

Josh was inspired to go into nursing to make a difference. After seeing the mixed quality of care his grandfather received Josh wanted to become a nurse to deliver quality care to others.

Kahina's Story

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

I have always had a love for science and a morbid curiosity about true crime.

Kara Ashurst

BA (Hons) Photography

Kara’s journey into photography began in her youth, with a simple digital camera becoming a tool for unravelling the mysteries of the world around her. Inspired by documentaries like 'Blue Planet' and the 'National Geographic' she gravitated towards environmental and wildlife photography. She chose the University of Cumbria because of the creative freedom of the course, the quality of the education and she had ‘fallen in love with Cumbria’. Keep reading to hear more about her journey.

Kathleen Crawford

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences

I started University later in my life compared to the rest of my classmates (they were pretty shocked to find out my age!)

Kerry Burns

Primary and Early Years Education (3-11) with QTS

Kira Welland

MA Literature, Romanticism and the English Lake District

Kira, who is studying on the MA Literature, Romanticism and the English Lake District course at our Ambleside campus, talks to us about what inspired her research, the opportunities she's had whilst studying in Cumbria, and her plans for the future.

Kyle Botha

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Kyle was inspired to become a physiotherapist after receiving physiotherapy treatment and realising he wanted to help others reach their full potential. Read on to find out about Kyle's experiences studying Physiotherapy at Cumbria.

Laith Hasan

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

Originally from Iraq, Laith is the first member of his family to study a university degree in the UK.

Laura Armitage

BSc in Occupational Therapy

During the course, I enjoyed the variety of placement settings and experiences, and this informed my choice on where I eventually chose to apply for a job upon graduating. I felt supported by the lecturing team on placement and knew that they were close by if I had any questions, I also had exceptional and experienced educators.

Leanne Bookham

BA (Hons) Social Work

‘Don’t feel as though you’re going to be worse off for attending a newer or more rural university than others you may be considering. The lecturing team are exceptional, as is student support. As a mature student and a parent I was unsure of what completing a degree may look like for me; and now as I’m finished and looking back I think UoC has been a fantastic option”.

Lennon Arnot

BA (Hons) Business Management

Lennon Arnot tells us how a young entrepreneurial instinct lead him to study Business Management at the University of Cumbria.

Lewis Shedden

BSc (Hons) Marine and Freshwater Conservation

Lewis made his passion for aquatic creatures his career by pursuing a degree at the University of Cumbria

Liam Dervey

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

After an Injury stopped Liam from being able to go into full-time military service, the rehabilitation he received whilst recovering inspired him to become a Physiotherapist. Find out more about Liam's choice to study Physiotherapy.

Libby Niccolls

Primary and Early Years Education (3-11) with QTS

Lindsay Jayes

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

Lindsay's journey to becoming a midwife at Cumbria has brought her lots of new opportunities and experiences, including becoming a student council member for NHS England and forging amazing new friendships with other students on her degree. Read on to find out more about Lindsay's experiences at Cumbria, as well as her top tips if you're thinking of studying Midwifery.

Lloyd Prime

BA (Hons) Wildlife Media

Meet Lloyd, who's studying on our BA (Hons) Wildlife Media programme, as he talks to us about finding his course through Clearing 2023, what the Clearing process was like, and how he has settled into life at the University of Cumbria.

Lois Andrews

PGCE Primary Education with QTS - School Direct Route

"It’s daunting coming back to uni as a mature student. You think “can I cope? Am I past it?” But there is a lot of support on the course. I wasn’t past it. I shouldn’t have worried. My family also benefited as I was happy and my partner even said I had my mojo back!"

Lucy Gunson

BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science

Lucy Phillips

BSc (Hons) Professional Forester

Lydia Hollingdale

BA (Hons) Wildlife Media

Meet Lydia, a final-year student pursuing her passion for wildlife media. Inspired by popular shows like Springwatch, Lydia's love for the natural world led her to choose this unique course. One of her most cherished moments was capturing the enchanting otters on the Isle of Mull for her final project. Despite the hurdles posed by COVID-19, Lydia has persevered and flourished. Discover more about Lydia's incredible journey here.

Lynda Kyle

BSc (Hons) Psychology

After owning her own business for thirteen years, Lynda changed her path and chose to re-enter full-time education. She is now succeeding as an undergraduate Psychology student at the University of Cumbria.

Lynsey Jenkins

3rd Year BSc Occupational Therapy Student

The BSc Occupational Therapy (OT) course has been an enlightening experience. I have made some wonderful ,life-long friends and gained a fountain of knowledge along the way.

Maisie Dowden

Health and Social Care Integrated Foundation Year, progressing to BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families

After meeting one of our lecturers, Maisie decided Cumbria was the university for her, and she joined Cumbria through the Health and Social Care Integrated Foundation Year. Following her foundation year, she joined the Working with Children and Families course, and graduated in 2023 with the Caroline Larmour Prize for Outstanding Creativity in a Community Setting. Read on to find out about Maisie’s story

Mark Clayton

PGCE Non-QTS Online

"I did this course as part of my SCITT training. I felt it would provide additional academic background to my very practical course. If you do choose to do this course, best of luck with it. I found it brilliant. "

Michael Hird

BSc in Professional Policing

Michael is from Consett, County Durham. Having worked in retail for three years, he chose to study for a degree as he had always wanted to join the police force.

Michelle Lam

BA (Hons) Film & TV

Discover Michelle's story as she shares her journey, passion, and challenges while pursuing her dreams in the film industry. From her early fascination with the capturing of genuine emotions and experiences through film to her decision to study Film & TV, her story encompasses determination, creativity, and personal growth. Explore her experiences studying alongside highly creative individuals, the obstacles she overcame during the pandemic, and how her career has developed since graduating.

Michelle McAteer

BSc Learning Disability Nursing (Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship)

After 20 years of working in the Department of Work and Pensions, Michelle got a taste of working in the NHS whilst completing bank work. Find out how she's finding her Learning Disability Nursing Apprenticeship.

Michelle Perryman

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

Mohammed Dawood

PGCE General Primary (5-11yrs) with QTS

Natalie Sutcliffe

Working with Children and Families

Natalie, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, previously attended college for two years studying a BTEC before applying for her degree.

Nathan Greening

BA (Hons) Wildlife Media

Meet Nathan Greening, a first-year student on an exciting journey into Wildlife Media. Fuelled by a passion for creativity and nature, Nathan shares his inspirations, favourite experiences, and the invaluable preparation for his future career.

Niamh Tyrer

BSc (Hons) Security, Intelligence and Investigative Practice

Niamh Tyrer made the move from engineering after deciding to pursue her passion for Intelligence.

Nick Hellier

General Primary (5-11 Years) with QTS

Nick, a career changer, shares his story of transitioning from a self-employed joiner and roofer to becoming a teacher. Nick discusses how he found his love for teaching, the desire to make a positive impact, and the challenges he has faced during his career transition. He highlights the importance of accessible learning at Cumbria, the support he has received from tutors, and his plans for the future.

Oliver Fox

BSc (Hons) Geography

Hi there, I’m Oliver. I’m currently in my second year studying Geography in Ambleside.

Opal Goldring

BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership

Patience's Clearing story

BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing

Patience applied to the University of Cumbria through Clearing. Below, she tells us about her Clearing experience and what she’s enjoyed most about her first year at university.

Rabeha Malik

BA (Hons) Primary and Early Years Education (3-11) with QTS

Rabeha studied with us at our London campus.

Rachel Malone

BA (Hons) Teaching and Learning

"The tutors will help you learn how to work with children in different ways. You could work in the early years like me, you could go into being a primary school teacher or work in a secondary school. Or you could work in a youth organization and they are just as, if not more, rewarding. I wasn't sure what route I wanted to take professionally so I wanted to keep my options open."

Rahima Begum

Education Studies

Having graduated from our Education Studies programme in 2019, Rahima has gone on to a successful teaching career in her former Secondary School. Equipped with theoretical backing and placement experience, Rahima is making a positive impact in her community as a former Education Studies student, a course with a 100% Student Satisfaction Rating (NSS, 2021).

Ramin Farhadi

MBA Lancaster

Ramin Farhadi talks about his journey from Iran to Lancaster and the many things he loves about being an MBA student at Cumbria – his new home away from home.

Rebecca Stevenson

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

When Rebecca started working as an Occupational Therapy support worker she realised that she wanted to become a qualified occupational therapist so she could make a difference in the lives of others.

Reuben Hibbert

BA (Hons) Wildlife Media

Reuben, a wildlife enthusiast and aspiring filmmaker, has embarked on a captivating journey as a BA (Hons) Wildlife Media student. Inspired by his parents' love for nature, he found his true passion in capturing the wonders of the natural world through the lens of his camera. Discover why he chose Cumbria, his favourite experiences, and the obstacles he's overcome on his journey. Be inspired by Reuben's determination to merge his love for wildlife with the art of media. Read Reuben's story here.

Rhiannon Pritchard

BA (Hons) Outdoor Leadership

Rhiannon, from South Wales, worked as an activity instructor around the UK and France before coming to university.

Ricki Steele

BA (Hons) Teaching and Learning

"If I can tell you one thing, know that Education is much wider and bigger than teaching. If you have doubts about being a teacher, don't worry. There is a lot more to Education than the classroom."

Sam Cubbin

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

Sam previously studied biology at university but decided he wanted to change his career path and chose to study Diagnostic Radiography after hearing positive reviews about it from people in the role.

Sam Poultney

BSc (Hons) Marine and Freshwater Conservation

Sam, from Stafford, experienced working as a summer River keeper in Derbyshire before coming to university.

Sarah Hilton

BSc (Hons) Geography

What’s it like studying Geography? My name is Sarah and hopefully I can answer that for you!

Scott Fisher

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

"When the opportunity presented itself, I took it and returned to college in my 30s. And yes, as a single parent and carer, I have had times when I struggled, but I have always reached out for help and the University has always been there to give it."

Shaheen Cassamobai

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

Shaheen always wanted to go to university and our Lancaster campus offered the perfect environment for shaheen to learn about Diagnostic Radiography and develop their skills.

Shannon Bateson

LLB (Hons) - Law

Shannon aspired to be a solicitor and decided to do her Law degree at the University of Cumbria because it was close to home.

Shannon Keys

PGCE General Primary (5-11yrs) with QTS

Current PGCE student, Shannon, had already completed 2 undergraduate degrees when she joined us. She chose to join Cumbria's acclaimed PGCE programme after chatting to our friendly academic team and loved that she could complete her final placement from her home in Northern Ireland. Keep reading to hear more about her Teacher Training journey.

Sharon Blezard

BSc (Hons) Learning Disabilities Nursing

Sharon has wanted to be a nurse since leaving school, upon attending one of our open days and excelling in her interview she finally had the opportunity to study to become the nurse she'd always dreamed of.

Sharon Palmer

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (with integrated foundation year)

Sharon always wanted to become a nurse but life got in the way, at the age of 48 she's taken the step toward making her dream of becoming a nurse come true by studying our Health and Social Care (Integrated Foundation Year) course.

Shona's Story

BA (Hons) Business Management

I started studying at Keswick school in 1999 and left in 2006. I enjoyed my time at school, especially the social side with my friendship groups. If I’m honest, during my GCSE’s I wasn’t particularly interested in academia and I didn’t put in as much effort into my studies as I could have, so I was determined to improve and achieve better results in my A-Levels.

Silica Doinita Ionita

MSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Silica Ionita graduated in 2018 following her studies of Occupational Therapy with us at the University of Cumbria. Silica was originally from Romania and was highly attracted the University of Cumbria to further her education. She was inspired by three close friends from Romania who had travelled to Carlisle to study with us. They’d reported back that it was a fantastic place to take that next career step. Of course, we agree.

Sophie Babbs

BSc (Hons) Zoology

Hi, my name is Sophie Babbs and I have just graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) Zoology degree with integrated foundation year at the University of Cumbria.

Sophie Steadman

BA (Hons) Fine Art

One of the main reasons I chose University of Cumbria is that it has a friendly, community feel, that you often don’t get from other universities. I think that one reason for this is because of smaller class sizes, which means that the support system is a lot stronger.

Sophie Steadman

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Introducing Sophie, a talented artist who pursued her passion for Fine Art. Inspired to reconnect with her love for the arts, she found a welcoming and supportive community at the university. Overcoming self-confidence struggles, Sophie learned to critique her work and showcase it with pride. As a recent graduate, she plans to use her degree to further her career in an arts-based collective, bringing art opportunities to her community. Read on to discovery Sophie's story.

Steafan Deery

PGCE Primary with Physical Education Specialism

Steafan Deery was a PE specialist with the Irish Football Association who retrained to become a teacher. In this quick interview, he tells us why he decided to get into teaching and why the University of Cumbria was the right choice for him.

Sue Pemberton

PhD Occupational Therapy

Yorkshire-based Sue chose further study to advance her work helping people with long-term conditions.

Suki Shek

BA (Hons) Games Design

Our annual Game Jam is organised by the BA Games Design course team at the University of Cumbria. It's an exciting, fast-paced creative competition where participants create a game within 72 hours based on a given theme. The event aims to inspire creativity, experimentation, learning, collaboration, and most importantly have fun! Suki Shek was the winner of the 'Concept Art' category award in the Game Jam 23. Read about her experience here.

Suzanne Gibson

BA (Hons) Social Work

Suzanne, from Dumfries, worked as a nursery practitioner for 16 years and completed her childcare and development training before coming to the University of Cumbria.

Tom Jenkins

BSc (Hons) Security, Intelligence and Investigative Practice

Tom Jenkins talks about his experience as a Security, Intelligence and Investigative Practice student at University of Cumbria.

Tyler Harris

LLB (Hons) - Law

Tyler, from Corby, studied English Literature, English Language and Biology A-levels at Brooke Weston Academy. He was the first generation of his family to attend university.

Vincent Walden

BA (Hons) Graphic Design Course

"Throughout all the industries I have worked in, my degree gave me the confidence to tackle everything head-on."

William Niven

BA (Hons) Photography

William started his photography journey as a hobby and was inspired to capture the world through his unique perspective due to his visual impairment. William chose the University of Cumbria for its renowned photography course and supportive tutors. His confidence and capabilities have grown during his time at the university, allowing him to showcase his work as a finalist in the AOP Student Awards! Keep reading to hear more about his journey.

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