Student Development and Support

Whether you’re starting to study, enhancing your academic success or planning for employment, our package of support is designed to help you at every stage of your university experience.

Support Schemes

Induction and Orientation

Our comprehensive Welcome Week programme introduces you to all aspects of university life and study with dedicated online advice and guidance. We also have a number of campus-based Help is at Hand events - a ‘meet and greet’ opportunity to get to know how various student services staff can help you enjoy a happy and successful university experience.


Our trained Peer Mentors are here to support you so that you can gain the most from your time at university. Mentors can offer support with various aspects of your university experience, from making friends and settling in, to helping you understand the expectations of academic study and dealing with assessment worries.

You can find out more here:

On-Course Support

Our Skills@Cumbria service provides academic study support, online and face to face through timetabled workshops, individual appointments and online self-help resources. You may also want to join our Student Success Scheme, offering proactive and dedicated support for students experiencing difficulties with their studies.

Careers and Employability

Career Ahead+ is the University of Cumbria’s Employability Award. Completing Career Ahead+ will help you recognise and develop your skills, providing you with a greater opportunity to get the job you want when you graduate.

Find out more

My Career Enriched is the new student careers and jobs portal at the University of Cumbria. Register online for access to careers support, jobs and opportunities.

Register for My Career Enriched

Support for Mature Students, Part-Time and Distance Learners

With 52% of undergrads and 85% of part-time students aged 21 or over, we understand the pressures that you may face as a mature student. Juggling work and family commitments with study requirements is no easy task, and many of our students are distance learners which can mean very limited access to campus based facilities and services. Luckily we here to help you no matter what your needs. Our Student Success team host a number of events throughout the year and our Mature Students booklet details other support available to you during your studies.


One event that we will be offering throughout the year is Mature Student Drop Ins.  These events will provide you with an informal setting in which you can meet other mature students while enjoying tea, coffee and cake!  It will also give you the opportunity to request and discuss future events, that you would find useful, with the support staff.  Your next Mature Student Drop In will be as follows:



For more information, email or 


Please come along, we would love to meet you! 

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Care Leavers

We want to ensure that all care leavers are able to access higher education, and that they can participate effectively in all areas of University life. That’s why we are incredibly proud to have been awarded the prestigious Buttle UK Quality Mark in recognition of our commitment to people in and leaving care. Our care leavers’ work has won the National Education Opportunities Network Access initiative of the Year.

Adult Carers

Adult Carers are people who provide care and assistance or support to another family member on an unpaid and unsupported basis. This could be any relative who is disabled, has some chronic illness, mental health problem or other condition. We recognise that people in this situation face particular circumstances that may impact on your ability to study.

In recognition of this, we offer a dedicated point of contact in the recruitment team and in support services so that you can prepare effectively ahead of joining your university course. Support advisers are available to identify effective strategies to help you combine university study with the demands of caring for someone.

Feel free to get in touch to find out about recruitment. If you'd like more information, contact our Support Services.

Download the Adult Carers booklet