Vincent had a reduced number of options for his university choices.

“When I was looking for courses, not a lot of places wanted to offer both design and illustration. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so when I came here I was glad to see that I’d be able to take both courses at the same time, which would let me choose which pathway I wanted afterwards.

“It was actually the trees that got me – when you come in through the driveway there’s trees on both sides, and I just thought that university is going to be stressful, so if I get to go through trees every day, that’s going to help me relax. That’s what won it for me. Whichever way I walk into Carlisle, I always have a park to enjoy, which is really nice.”

What does our university offer for Arts students? “Unlike a lot of universities, our courses are small and don’t focus on what is popular now. We focus on what’s always been good. You’re given all the basics and the chance to work your way through it. I’ve absolutely loved my time here, and I’ve stayed on because it meant I got to stick around this studio at Brampton Road.”

Not many places offer both design and illustration. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so when I came here I was glad to see that I’d be able to take both courses at the same time, which would let me choose which pathway I wanted afterwards

Vincent enjoyed his time so much that he stayed on to work as a graphic designer for the Students’ Union. “I’d seen that there was the graduate role within the Students’ Union, and I just really liked it here. It’s nice in the winter because you get a bit of rain, and it’s very calm for its size. It’s a bigger city than where I’m from (Morecambe, Lancashire), and a lot greener, and just generally better for me. It’s closer to Scotland as well, which is a big plus for me.”

How would you sum up our university? “If you like trees, you’re a bit of a small time guy or girl and you don’t just want to do what’s popular in art and design, you want to do everything, this is the place to be.”

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