How can Universities be More Sustainable? Five Ways University of Cumbria is Protecting the Planet
We’re lucky to host campuses in some of the greenest settings in the UK - including the only UK campus within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But, at the University of Cumbria, our sites aren’t the only thing that’s green.
Posted on Friday, July 15, 2022
What is experiential learning?
Experiential Learning was once called ‘Learning by Doing’, becoming well-known from the work of David Kolb in 1984 and his Experiential Learning Cycle Theory.
Posted on Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Get involved in Ambleside's cultural landscape
When studying at a University like ours, there's plenty of opportunities to get involved in the local community, as a volunteer, through work, or just by experiencing the rich culture our Lake District locations have to offer.
Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Get active at our Ambleside campus
Ambleside's stunning setting and active community makes this the perfect place for fitness-focused students.
Posted on Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Get out and about in Ambleside
Known as ‘the jewel in Lakeland’s crown’, Ambleside is a perfect blend of wild countryside and cosy comforts, with lots to offer in the way of entertainment. Whether you love an active day exploring nature, nights out with your friends, or a relaxing spa day with dinner and a movie, you’ll have so much to choose from here.
Posted on Monday, March 1, 2021
Combatting Climate Change
Andrew Weatherall is the leader of Working Group 1 - Approaches and Definitions of Climate Smart Forestry (CSF) in an EU COST Action, Climate Smart Forestry in Mountain Regions (CLIMO).
Posted on Friday, February 26, 2021
Reconnecting with your local patch – appreciating the little things in nature
These are certainly unprecedented times, for the first time in generations we are resigned to staying within our own dwellings avoiding social contact and unnecessary travel.
Posted on Friday, February 26, 2021
13 Things our students do in the Windermere peaks that are so much better than crying
Our beautiful homeland has received a very special mention by a certain popstar this week. None other than Taylor Swift has talked about “The Lakes” in her new album “Folklore”!
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2020
5 Offbeat Facts about Cumbria
To celebrate our upcoming Virtual Open Day, we're focusing on each of our campuses and giving you 5 fun facts about their locations.Today we look at Cumbria as a whole...
Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2020
Top 3 Places to Eat, Drink and Visit Near our Campuses
You’re considering moving to one of our campuses and you’re faced with the burning question, what will I do when I’m not in lectures? To help you figure that out we have compiled our top 3 places to eat, drink and visit when living in Lancaster, Carlisle or Ambleside.
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019
'Filling' Anxious at the Dentist's Cell Regrowth For a New Smile
Some people are afraid to visit the dentist. For them, visits to the dentist are associated with feelings of anxiety about having to open their mouths for a relative stranger to examine them and worse, use what looks like a sharp instrument to drill holes into their teeth.
Posted on Monday, June 3, 2019
Do microbes matter in climate change?
Microbes are single-celled organisms such as bacteria, protozoa, and unicellular algae. They can be found in all sorts of environments. To date, the vast majority of microbes are still unknown.
Posted on Monday, June 3, 2019
How I chose my university
Amy here, a 1st year Outdoor Leadership student. In relation to choosing a university I can only draw from personal and peer experiences, therefore I will probably be a little biased towards my own (brilliant) course. Nevertheless, I will endeavour to impart practical, honest and mostly relevant advice that will help you compare universities and courses.
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019
What can you do with a degree in Animal Conservation?
Student Ellie Weir talks Animal Conservation opportunities in the UK and around the world.
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Ambleside's Coffee Culture
The days of pub crawls are past, as walkers, scramblers and climbers alike are evolving their post hill traditions to encompass the coffee shop debrief. Whether you’re a ‘neck three before lectures’ kind of drinker, or a ‘sit, sip and relax’ sort of drinker, every caffeine consumer can appreciate a good cuppa when they’re presented with one.
Posted on Monday, March 11, 2019
Cheap and Easy Recipe for Student Budgets: Shakshuka
We’ve all been there, the bank statement reads like an average temperature in the Arctic and you hardly have the time or energy to muster up a three-course Sunday roast. But beans on toast…again?
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2019
What is Animal Conservation?
Hi, I'm Ellie. I'm currently studying Animal Conservation in my second year and this is my blog. Enjoy!
Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019
What is Forestry?
Forestry is many things to many people and one of the major land use types in the UK. Woodland cover currently sits at 13% in the UK while only around 6% is described as urban or developed. This shows how important forestry is to land management in the UK.
Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Where can I learn to be a ‘wildlife cameraman'?
If you have a passion for media and discovering our natural world, studying wildlife media could be the perfect route into a rewarding career.
Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2019
The Ghosts of Cumbria: A Halloween special
Celebrate Halloween with us by learning about the phantoms and monsters that inhabit our campuses.
Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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
Rare species returns to Cumbria
The first confirmed sighting of a pine marten in south Cumbria for over a decade has been recorded on a remote camera in Grizedale Forest.
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2022
Join in the buzz at UK’s first major pollinator conference and fringe in Carlisle
The UK’s biggest gathering of pollinator enthusiasts and professionals - The Big Buzz Conference - will be hosted by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle on Friday 23 September. Free fringe events for all the family will also take place in Carlisle on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September.
Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 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
Tapping into potential powerhouse of young conservationists
A ‘tipping point’ in climate change and species loss has seen sixth formers targeted in a fightback mission designed to bring practical help and understanding across swathes of south Cumbria and north Lancashire.
Posted on Monday, August 1, 2022
University of Cumbria signs up to global campaign to end men’s violence against women
The University of Cumbria has committed to working to end men’s violence against women by becoming White Ribbon UK accredited. White Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people, especially men and boys, to individually and collectively take action and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence.
Posted on Friday, July 8, 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
Drive for ethnic writers sees poet preside in Wordsworth’s world
An acclaimed poet who co-founded a collective of British writers of South Asian origin has followed Wordsworth on a Lakes’ literary journey with a difference.
Posted on Monday, May 30, 2022
Feel good factor film for Lakes’ farmers
In the wake of a pioneering publication showcasing why farming matters to the Lake District’s iconic landscapes for nature recovery and climate action, a new film follows in its footsteps.
Posted on Monday, May 16, 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
Students create Cumbria's newest nature reserve
The first phase of work to create a new nature reserve near Ambleside has been completed thanks to successful collaboration between local businesses and charities led by students at the University of Cumbria. Second year conservation biology student Joshua Gilroy made a successful bid to the Woodland Trust for over a hundred saplings as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative. Friends of the Lake District, Hayes Garden World and Dalefoot Compost also offered their support.
Posted on Friday, December 7, 2018
Jubilee trees boost national royal quest
A big tree planting bonanza has seen 900 native species introduced at key South Cumbrian sites as part of a national platinum jubilee mission. University of Cumbria students and community volunteers have got behind new woodlands at Ambleside campus, and in Barrow, for the Queen’s Green Canopy, a unique initiative celebrating 70-years of royal service.
Posted on Monday, April 11, 2022
Think tank’s fact-finding visit to North West and University of Cumbria
Senior figures from the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) have been visiting the University of Cumbria to see how its place-based and employer partnerships are working to address the need for more higher-level skills across the North West.
Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 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
Royal Television Society success for Professor of Practice
Acclaimed filmmaker and University of Cumbria Professor of Practice Terry Abraham is celebrating Royal Television Society success. The concluding chapter of his ‘Life on a Mountain’ series, about Helvellyn in the Lake District, has been named Best Factual Production at the RTS North East and the Border Awards 2022. Film and TV students from the university's Institute of Arts were also shortlisted in the regional RTS awards.
Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Forestry Commission announces ground-breaking apprenticeship programme for the forestry sector
A first-of-its-kind apprenticeship initiative to foster a growing, highly skilled and more diverse workforce within the forestry sector has been announced today (Monday 7 February) as National Apprenticeship Week commences.
Posted on Monday, February 7, 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
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
Prized role for Wordsworth devotee
MA graduate Leo has been appointed as the new curator of poet Wordsworth's family home Rydal Mount, between Windermere and Grasmere
Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 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
Nature based climate solutions in spotlight at COP26
Several university nature-based research projects are featuring at COP26 in Glasgow.
Posted on Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Lakes centre in major COP26 initiative
A University of Cumbria-led organisation has joined guardians of some of the biggest tracts of protected landscapes on earth in signing a pivotal COP26 statement calling for world leaders to support them.
Posted on Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Wildlife filmmakers share career insights with students
Sharing spectacular stories from the natural world gives us a greater understanding about planet Earth. Award-winning filmmakers and photographers who help to shape these global stories are visiting the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts virtually to share career insights with students.
Posted on Friday, May 21, 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
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
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
Teacher training supports unique ‘place-based’ curriculum inspired by Eden Project North
A new PGCE will help student teachers embrace the educational opportunities of the environment around them, tapping into the learning potential of the landscape and life around Morecambe Bay
Posted on Friday, May 14, 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
Pine martens poised for a possible county comeback
A seriously threatened species pushed to the brink of extinction could see a return to South Cumbria. The future of pine martens and their possible reintroduction to Grizedale Forest and Rusland woodlands is currently being explored by the Back on our Map (BOOM) project.
Posted on Monday, April 12, 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
Special delivery for art inspired postcards
A chance chat has led to Kendal College art and design students getting creative with stunning images of seriously endangered species from across South Cumbria. Lecturer, Steph Fulke, immediately saw the opportunities after talking to her friend, Ellie Kent, who is working on a far-reaching reintroduction programme of threatened flora and fauna.
Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Call to North West business leaders and networks to support new student society
Led by and for students, the University of Cumbria Business Society launches this month to help upcoming graduates connect with employers and business networks. UoC Business Society figures want to develop a vibrant relationship with business leaders, helping to shape students’ learning experience and offering real-world support and guidance alongside academic business management study. It also wants help employers, organisations and business leaders to engage and inspire future professionals.
Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Lockdown antidote transports woodlands to homes
A unique antidote to lockdown is offering a magical soundwalk through stunning south Cumbrian woodlands showcasing nature at its best and most fragile. Heading the stella line-up in a 30-minute audio classic are corncrake, once a common sight in the Rusland Valley, and now regionally extinct. Thanks to the pioneering Back on Our Map (BOOM) initiative, their raspy voices can be heard again.
Posted on Monday, January 18, 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
Students capture wildlife wonders for 2021 calendar
Aspiring wildlife photographers and filmmakers have pooled their talents to create a 2021 calendar. University of Cumbria’s Wildlife Society has selected 13 stunning images of nature for its calendar. Showing a diversity of animal, bird, insect and plant life, the collection features coastal birds such as the Sandpiper, forest and woodland’s Tawny Owls, the nocturnal badger and, shining a light on the importance of invertebrates, the role of bees and moths in pollination.
Posted on Friday, December 11, 2020
Pioneering actions for hard hit industry
With the hospitality industry looking for a post lockdown bounce-back funding has been found for pioneering specialist tourism management courses at University of Cumbria. Starting in January, the UK’s first postgraduate courses of their kind aim to provide highly-skilled staff for an industry hard hit by Covid-19.
Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 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
Literature in lockdown competition celebrates teens’ talents
A new University of Cumbria competition launched to inspire young people during the coronavirus lockdown is celebrating the literary loves and talents of teenagers. English Literature senior lecturers, Dr Penny Bradshaw and Dr Paul Ferguson, developed ‘Reading During The Lockdown’, a competition for 16-18 year olds.
Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2020
College Principal appointed as Professor of Practice in Collaborative Education Leadership
The Principal and Chief Executive of Furness College has been appointed to a prestigious role with the University of Cumbria to help shape the future of education across the county. Andrew Wren will take up a position as Professor of Practice in Collaborative Education Leadership. His appointment recognises his industry expertise and innovative leadership and will help to further strengthen seamless collaboration between the further education and higher education sectors.
Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 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
Bomb victim’s mother supports ground-breaking counter-terrorism training
Days after hearing harrowing evidence at the Manchester Arena inquiry, a bomb victim’s mother is at University of Cumbria to support the start of a pioneering counter-terrorism risk management course.
Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2020
New term for tomorrow’s teachers
Aspiring teachers have started their studies with University of Cumbria. In line with latest coronavirus guidance, many of the mature students are enjoying face-to-face sessions with tutors on campus while the university’s annual induction programme for them has moved largely online Reflecting a national upturn, it comes as University of Cumbria has witnessed an increase of almost 14 per cent in the number of teacher training applications it has received so far this year.
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2020
Forestry graduate bags best dissertation award
James William Burnett, 30, won Tilhill’s 2020 award for ‘best dissertation’ while studying for his BSc (Hons) Forestry and Woodland Management course at the University of Cumbria. A mature student, James worked as a tree surgeon for 10 years before going to university.
Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2020
Back to uni: what students can expect this term
University of Cumbria has, like other higher education institutions across the sector, introduced a range of measures to maintain a safe campus environment in the new term but wants to reassure students that they will still have a great university experience, nonetheless.
Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 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
Clearing 2020 goes virtual at University of Cumbria
Future students should look no further as the annual process of Clearing to secure a place at university this autumn begins next week. University of Cumbria has a dedicated team on hand from 9am on Monday (6 July) to help anyone who is interested in starting university this year. A new downloadable guide with everything you need to know about Clearing has also been produced, including details of Clearing Plus – a new system helping to match applicants with universities.
Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2020
A UK first for risk management after lockdown
High-profile experts will be leading the UK’s first event risk and counter-terrorism management courses of their kind at University of Cumbria. Against a backdrop of the country emerging from lockdown and widespread concern over protection, principal lecturer in tourism management, Dr Angela Athonsisz said it was the right time to introduce advanced training in security and resilience.
Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2020
University of Cumbria establishes steering group to develop a land-based skills strategy
Taking positive steps to address these challenges, a steering group is being established to oversee the development of a land-based skills strategy and delivery model for Cumbria. Chaired by Christine Knipe, Chief Executive of Westmorland County Agricultural Society and convened by the University of Cumbria, the steering group will include wide representation from across the land-based, rural and education sectors, the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) and Eden District Council.
Posted on Friday, June 12, 2020
Celebrated Lakes filmmaker to share his secrets of success
Terry Abraham, a self-taught filmmaker celebrated for his glorious ‘Life of a Mountain’ TV trilogy is joining the ranks of academia as a professor of practice at the University of Cumbria.
Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 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
Cumbria leads international effort to support radiographers during coronavirus pandemic
University of Cumbria academic Ken Holmes and Professor Peter Hogg are co-ordinating an international response to help radiographers caring for patients with Covid-19. They have created a new e-learning package for radiographers and radiological technologists with contributions from over 40 experts across the world. It is developed in a partnership between the European Federation of Radiography Societies (EFRS) and International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT).
Posted on Thursday, April 23, 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
Rock climbing restoration mission
A student volunteer force has its sights set high in a bid to uphold the Lake District’s reputation as a world leading rock climbing destination. Since W. P. Haskett-Smith scaled Napes Needle in 1886 - said to be the UK’s birthplace of modern rock climbing - the area’s renowned crags have become a mecca for enthusiasts.
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Lakes campus in community lifeline push
Students and staff at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus are throwing lifelines to struggling communities threatened by coronavirus. Campus director, Professor Lois Mansfield, said in these extraordinary times there was a big need to pull together and pay back some of the help and support local people had given them.
Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Staff and students row for Sport Relief
Staff and students from the University of Cumbria have been taking part in a national rowing challenge for #sportrelief2020. Two teams took to Lake Windermere for Row Britannia, which is raising funds for Sport Relief. A team of staff led by Vice Chancellor, Professor Julie Mennell took on a team of students. She led them to victory, smashing a record for the 10 mile row from Windermere’s southern tip at Fell Foot to Brathay in two hours 11 minutes, beating a previous best set by an RAF team.
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2020
Putting female foresters in the frame
International Women’s Day (IWD) is being marked with a push for female foresters and the call to smash ‘it’s for men’ misconceptions. National School of Forestry (NSF), based at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus, where just 20 percent of its students are women, wants a better gender balance and has helped with a film being released to mark the special day on 8 March.
Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2020
World’s longest climb record breaker in mental health push
A World record breaker who together with her husband became only the second ever married couple to conquer Everest is setting out to show how positive mindset works in the face of extreme adversity. As part of University Mental Health Day on March 5, Lakes-based adventurers Pauline and Phil Sanderson will be sharing a journey starting at the Dead Sea, cycling 5,000 miles across eight countries before reaching Tibet to climb Everest.
Posted on Friday, February 21, 2020
Lakes spotlight on literary luminary
One of the country’s best known and loved literary and broadcasting luminaries is set to captivate when he reveals the impact of Cumbria on his widely acclaimed books. Labour Peer Lord Melvyn Bragg will be speaking at a public gathering at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus on March 8, where MA literature students are studying his novel The Maid of Buttermere.
Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Lakes inspired scavenged scrap masterpieces
Famed modernist artist Kurt Schwitters left a rich Lake District legacy from work in a remote Langdale barn immortalising his scavenged scrap material masterpieces. Inventor of nonsense word Merz to describe his collages, the German Dadaist will be put under the spotlight during a talk at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus.
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020
Lifeline for Africa’s most threatened primates
Focusing world attention on the most threatened group of primates on the African subcontinent, University of Cumbria has spearheaded groundbreaking actions in The Gambia. With numbers down to as few as 2,500 globally, critically endangered Temminck’s Red Colobus (TRC) monkeys have been thrown a potential lifeline in an ambitious three-year community-based project.
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Global LEGO competition helps build bright future for Cumbrian students
Final-year University of Cumbria student Teri Hardy has picked up a special award in recognition of the impact she has made on a growing global science and technology competition for children. Royal Navy veteran Teri, 31, received her own trophy during the inaugural Carlisle regional final of the FIRST LEGO League challenge held at the university’s Fusehill Street campus. 100 pupils from 10 schools took part.
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2020
Rock climbing restoration mission
A student volunteer force has its sights set high in a bid to uphold the Lake District’s reputation as a world leading rock climbing destination. Since W. P. Haskett-Smith scaled Napes Needle in 1886 - said to be the UK’s birthplace of modern rock climbing - the area’s renowned crags have become a mecca for enthusiasts.
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Science Museum spectacular hits the road
London’s internationally acclaimed Science Museum is taking pupils from nine Cumbrian schools on a journey this month that they will never forget. Members of the museum’s outreach team are demonstrating the wonders of the human body in a roadshow touring secondary schools across the county thanks to University of Cumbria.
Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 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
BAE Systems and University of Cumbria collaborate to offer top qualification
University of Cumbria and Barrow's BAE Systems collaborate to offer an MBA/Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship programme
Posted on Monday, January 6, 2020
Christmas plea from lake 'monster'
A call has gone out to Santa to turn to Lake Windermere’s mythical monster for inspiration when looking for a ‘planet saving’ standout stocking filler.
Posted on Monday, December 16, 2019
Carlisle welcomed the world on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate its international students as they graduated from University of Cumbria.
On Wednesday 27 November the University of Cumbria celebrated the achievements of 150 international business and law postgraduate students, many of whom had family and friends visiting Cumbria for the first time. Students travelled with their families to Carlisle from across the globe to celebrate their achievements at the Wednesday afternoon ceremony and it was a truly international experience.
Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2019
Distinguished farmer and landowner becomes university honorary fellow
A farmer who has used conservation to help transform the fortunes of his family’s historic estate has received an honorary fellowship from the University of Cumbria. Giles Mounsey-Heysham, a Deputy Lieutenant of Cumbria, is the ninth generation to manage his ancestral family property, Castletown, near Rockcliffe, Carlisle. He is also a chartered surveyor, with his extensive career including time with Cluttons and Savills.
Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2019
University honour for renowned agriculture and land management figure
Renowned agriculture and land management expert Alan Bowe has been made an honorary fellow of the University of Cumbria.
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2019
UoC blazing a trail in upskilling hospitality professionals
A global leader in skills certification has backed groundbreaking developments by the University of Cumbria to lead the country in management level hospitality qualifications. Internationally renowned City & Guilds (C&G) has teamed up with academics at the Ambleside campus to bolster inspirational opportunities for bosses to upskill and meet the demands of a massive and growing industry.
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Survival expertise called upon for major new TV series
Producers of a major new TV series starring Jason Momoa as a warlord in an alien blind world 600-years hence have turned to the skills of a leading survival academic for advice. When See is released on Friday 1 November, to coincide with the launch of Apple TV+, few will be watching more closely than University of Cumbria’s bushcraft expert, Lisa Fenton, who worked behind the scenes with a think tank team devising the series.
Posted on Monday, October 28, 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
Nostalgia marks nonagenarian’s visit
It was always going to be a nostalgic visit for a nonagenarian who says her student days at a world-renowned Lakes’ institution shaped her whole adult life. Audrey Wright, 90, has returned to Ambleside’s former Charlotte Mason College, speaking of her joy at seeing again the seat of learning which had inspired and enthralled her. Now part of University of Cumbria, the old teacher training college had a major impact on her family. Through it, she met her mother-in-law, and her husband.
Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Sea kayaking for health and wellbeing
Growing up near wide, white beaches in northern Denmark left an indelible mark on Lisbeth Lund who turned to sea kayaking for a key study into health and wellbeing. The University of Cumbria masters’ student hopes her experiences paddling around Barra in the Outer Hebrides will help aid a western world suffering a raft of medical and lifestyle related conditions.
Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Green warriors get gold star recognition
Eco warriors who have established a nature reserve and planted a community woodland have had their efforts recognised in a major awards ceremony. Ambleside Conservation Society, made up of University of Cumbria students, was hailed in a prestigious North West Charity Awards ceremony in Manchester.
Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2019
University develops Lakes literary powerhouse
Literary passion and talent which made the Lake District a magnet for some of the greatest writers and artists of their time are about to be showcased in rousing rhetoric. Looking at the inspiration behind a cultural landscape of international fame, a series of talks at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus is set to share the genius of past masters and present purveyors of literature and art. Renowned poet, academic, and biographer, Dr Grevel Lindop, gets the ball rolling on 7 October.
Posted on Monday, September 30, 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
STEM in schools receives boost from global LEGO competition
Increasing numbers of schoolchildren are taking part in an international STEM competition based on the popularity of LEGO thanks to a collaboration between University of Cumbria, C-STEM and the west Cumbrian-based REACT Foundation.
Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2019
Spearheading drive for super skills in tourism
University of Cumbria is set to become one of the country’s first universities to rise to the challenge of helping meet the demands of a £3billion tourist economy and 65,000-strong workforce. Sitting in the heart of a World Heritage site, the university’s Ambleside campus is about to welcome students from across the tourism and hospitality industry, keen to boost a global visitor destination – and its skills’ pool
Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Leading university role for national uplands expert
One of England’s most influential uplands and common ground specialists, with close links to the Prince of Wales, is embarking on a pioneering role at University of Cumbria (UoC). Dr Julia Aglionby said she was thrilled to become a Professor of Practice at a time of great challenge and opportunity, explaining the appointment signaled a sea change for the national organisations she spearheads - and an exciting collaborative future.
Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Coining in on classroom conceived cash
A classroom developed currency is making inroads at the university where an innovative masters student dreamed up and developed the concept of a Lake District pound.
Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019
Japan offers upland farm solutions to Brexit embroiled Britain
Crashing out of the EU without a deal will leave the countryside in ruins says an uplands farming expert on her return from a major factfinding visit to Japan.
Posted on Monday, August 19, 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
The desire to teach – it’s in the family!
A North Yorkshire couple who found love whilst training to be teachers in the Lake District almost 30 years ago have returned to Cumbria to watch their daughter graduate. Katie Pritchard-Jenkins, 21, has completed her BSc Outdoor Adventure and Environment degree at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus and is planning to follow her parents’ example and become a teacher. Her proud parents Adam and Gill trained at the same site 30 years ago when it was known as Charlotte Mason College.
Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2019
Conservation award named after courageous graduate
Probing Britain’s rarest freshwater fish has seen one of University of Cumbria’s first marine and freshwater conservation students awarded a prestigious memorial prize. Sam Poultney, from Staffordshire, said it was a privilege to receive the award named after Sarah McClay, the UoC graduate who died after being attacked by a tiger at the South Cumbrian zoo where she worked.
Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2019
‘Unprecedented’ grade for aspiring environmental academic
A student achieved the seemingly impossible, not only achieving a first class degree, but earning an ‘unprecedented’ mark of 100% for his dissertation, winning him a top award at the University of Cumbria’s graduation ceremonies and the admiration of academics.
Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
World’s ‘best job’ beckons
As a young girl Amelia Murphy dislocated her knee playing football and told the paramedics who treated her that she wanted to join the emergency services. “Join us,” they quipped, “it’s the best job in the world.” She said she wished they could have seen her graduate at Carlisle Cathedral this week with a paramedic practice Diploma in Higher Education from University of Cumbria (UoC).
Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019
Crowning glory could come to mystery tree
A magnificent mystery maple has joined notable national species branching out in a bid to be crowned Tree of the Year. Known as the student tree, the prize oriental specimen at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus could this month join 10 hopefuls as finalists in Woodland Trust’s annual competition. Campus manager, Rob Wilson, said he was delighted by the surprise nomination and determined to find out more about the Japanese maple, described as the ‘mysterious beauty everyone loves’.
Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019
World voices wowed in Wordsworth cave gathering
Over 200 years after Wordsworth penned one of his epic poems luminaries from nearly every corner of the globe gathered in a Lake District cave to ponder the immortal words. On a five-day course at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus, the gathering of MBA students included Zambian high commissioner, Benson Chali, third-sector agencies, NGOs, politicians, financiers, mining and shipping experts, medics and educators.
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 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
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
Regional first for geography teaching
Geographers from across the northwest are being called to represent the area in a launch event for an internationally renowned institution for teachers. Cumbria and North Lancashire are about to join over 40 branches of the Geographical Association at a critical time for the subject and profession. Spearheading the move for representation is University of Cumbria’s Simon Carr, Geography lead at the Ambleside campus.
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2019
Canoe challenge takes in top mountain pass
A 600km canoe marathon taking in the Irish Sea - and the Lake District’s highest road pass - is about to be undertaken by an outdoor studies lecturer determined to make a point. University of Cumbria’s Richard Ensoll will be setting off on June 22 in an open canoe from Ireland before crossing 200km of tricky water dominated by busy shipping lanes. His journey will also take in Ulverston and involve dragging canoes over Kirkstone Pass on his way to the end at Lazonby near Penrith.
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 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
Great Northern Adventure Race kick starts celebrations for final-year students
Third-year students at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus have been celebrating the end of their courses by taking part in a unique Lake District challenge. They joined others from across all year groups at the campus to compete in pairs in the Great Northern Adventure Race. A course weaving its way through iconic landscapes saw students face a host of imposing obstacles – from traversing waterfalls on slack lines to ‘duck diving’ into caves.
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2019
University paramedics take to streets to warn of dangers of 'silent killer' on World Hypertension Day
Student paramedics at the University of Cumbria are inviting members of the public to have a quick health check that could save lives. They will be in the centre of Ambleside carrying out blood pressure screenings on participating passers-by on World Hypertension Day, Friday 17 May 2019. Hypertension – or high blood pressure – is commonly referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because often the first time a person knows they have it is after they have suffered a heart attack or stroke.
Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 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
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
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
‘Next generation’ student environmentalist selected for prestigious lecture
A University of Cumbria student touted as ‘the next generation of speakers’ has been selected to give a microlecture on adventure and discovery at the Royal Geographic Society (RGS). Originally from Norfolk, Taylor Butler-Eldridge, 25, will share his experience of working with Surfer’s Against Sewage inspiring school children in Cornwall and educating them about the impact of plastic pollution on marine ecology.
Posted on Monday, March 4, 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
Top level delegation aims to foster closer ties between China and Cumbria
An exciting collaboration between the University of Cumbria and Chinese universities was strengthened further following a successful visit led by Vice Chancellor Professor Julie Mennell. During an intensive four-day visit, a team from Cumbria visited four universities to further existing partnership, focussed on students and staff travelling to China and vice versa to engage in academic work.
Posted on Monday, December 17, 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
Conservation students make their mark with wildflower planting project
Twenty six students from the University of Cumbria joined forces with Cumbria Wildlife Trust to plant wildflowers in a meadow in Hartley in the Eden Valley. This is the sixth year running that first year conservation undergraduates have assisted with planting wildflowers in this area of Cumbria. This year the students were planting on John Strutt Conservation Foundation land at Hartley, near Kirkby Stephen.
Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 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
First Cumbrian zoologists graduate
From working as a researcher on the world’s largest living reef to tracking turtles in Turkey, the first group of zoology students to graduate from the University of Cumbria are set to make their mark on the world. Set up three years ago the course has proved popular with the work of lecturers led by charismatic course leader Dr Roy Armstrong praised by their pioneering students.
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2018
National School of Forestry student receives top award
There was cause for a double celebration for Tom Harvey who as well as graduating from the University of Cumbria's National School of Forestry with a BSc woodland ecology and conservation qualification also won a prestigious prize. Tom was presented with the award which recognises the student with the best final year forest management plan by John Paterson, director of EGGER Forestry.
Posted on Monday, July 23, 2018
Outstanding response to university 1000-mile bus tour
Students from the University of Cumbria will be over 450 miles into a 1000-mile tour of Northern England and Ireland by the end of this week, helping people to find their place at university. So far, students have taken over 450 enquiries from people looking to start university this year or next. Students have spoken to people from such far off places as Colombia and one individual is known to have travelled 105 miles from his home in Dublin to visit the bus in Belfast just to get some advice.
Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 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
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
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
Sophie's trip of a lifetime brings new skills back to the classroom
Environmental work, community support and a 17 day trek through a rainforest has given a University of Cumbria zoology student Sophie Babbs memories that are sure to last a lifetime. The 21 year old originally from North Walsham, in Norfolk, but now living in Carlisle in Cumbria, received support from the Eleanor Peel Trust towards the 10 week volunteering trip to Malaysian Borneo with Raleigh International.
Posted on Thursday, November 1, 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
New course to be offered at Lake District-based National School of Forestry
The University of Cumbria is planning to launch an innovative part-time qualification after renewed interest from within the forestry industry. Last years’ Forestry Skills Study published by the government called for more skilled staff to be employed in the UK’s woodland management industry. Now the National School of Forestry, based at the Ambleside campus of the University of Cumbria, are proposing to launch a foundation degree on a part time basis to be delivered over a three year period.
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 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
BBC TV wildlife biologist to host public lecture to celebrate collaboration between university and Ambleside Natural History Society
Wildlife biologist and TV presenter Lizzie Daly is to come to Cumbria. The star of BBC’s Earth Unplugged and Curious Creatures will be at the Ambleside campus of the University of Cumbria on October 11 from 730pm as part of a celebration to mark a collaboration between the Ambleside Natural History Society and the University of Cumbria.
Posted on Friday, October 5, 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
Super cool science shows aim to spark STEM imagination in Cumbria
Feeling a cloud, making instant ice cream and blowing up a balloon may not be part of your typical school day but thousands of pupils in Cumbria are being given the chance to do just that at a series of super science shows. The events are a collaboration between the React Foundation, Robin Rigg windfarm and University of Cumbria which is poised to bring more science experience to secondary schools later this year.
Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Cumbrian zoologist identifies a first for slow worm conservation
A zoology student from the University of Cumbria is using an ingenious technique to identify individual slow worms as part of her dissertation research into conserving this seldom seen lizard.
Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Marsh mission could help combat coastal erosion
Researchers from the University of Cumbria are among a team working to discover why some salt marshes are more resilient than others when it comes to weathering storms and coping with rising sea levels. Next week samples taken from the Lancashire coast will be analysed at one of the worlds’ largest indoor flumes, an apparatus which enables the effects of storms to be replicated under laboratory conditions, at the Leibniz University in Hannover.
Posted on Friday, August 17, 2018
Cumbrian ecologist takes leading role at U.S. animal behaviour conference
A University of Cumbria ecologist has just returned from a prestigious conference held in the U.S. Dr Davina Hill attended the International Society for Behavioral Ecology gathering held in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she was invited to chair a session on animals’ social behaviour.
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2018
University zoologists fighting to save critically endangered Gambian monkey
Zoologists from the University Cumbria have co-authored an emergency global action plan to save the world’s remaining population of Temminck’s Red Colobus monkey (TRC) in The Gambia.
Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Voluntary river survey work leads to rare species spotted
Work by University of Cumbria zoology BSc (Hons) student Suzanne Collinson may help signal an improvement in fish life within a Cumbrian river. Recent work experience with the Eden Rivers Trust saw her survey the River Caldew and record a young eel, a species now classified as critically endangered as its population has declined by 95% in the last 25 years.
Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 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
Food and farming research tour to pit stop in Ambleside
The University of Cumbria is to host a visit by researchers who have taken to two wheels to cross the UK to canvas opinions about food and farming. The Food Farming and Countryside Commission, part of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, has embarked on the seven-month odyssey to hear grass roots opinions in high streets, supermarkets, farmers markets, workplaces and pubs.
Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018
Memorandum signing marks formal farming collaboration
A farm which acts as a natural laboratory allowing students from the University of Cumbria to monitor biodiversity, lambing and undertake other valuable work experience has signed a formal memorandum of understanding with the university. Susan’s Farm, at Houghton near Carlisle, is a 200 acre organic beef and sheep farm featuring pedigree Longhorn cattle, sheep, goslings and chickens is named after honorary fellow Susan Aglionby.
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Forty-two species of bird spotted, and fifty worms charmed during Brampton Road BioBlitz!
The keenly anticipated findings of the Brampton Road BioBlitz have finally been revealed! Despite some of the late-evening activities being rained off, an impressive number and range of species were identified throughout the day.
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018
University to link with world leading cancer treatment centre
Diagnostic radiography students at the University of Cumbria are to benefit from outstanding clinical placements at a world leading cancer treatment centre. The university has signed an agreement with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester to host placements from September 2018 giving students access to one of the world’s pioneering centres.
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018
University ranked 35th in student opinion survey
In data released today, the University of Cumbria has been ranked 35th out of 126 higher education institutions in a student-informed survey – a massive rise of 60 places.
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018
Rare shark spotted by Cumbrian students during Gambian trip
Students from the University of Cumbria have identified a rare shark, seen for only the second time in 16 years.
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2018
University of Cumbria to co-host future of farming DEFRA consultation event
An event to set out the government’s vision for the future of food, farming and the environment is to be held in Cumbria. Co-hosted by University of Cumbria alongside the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, this event is one of a series of consultation events being held to discuss Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit.
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Vital conservation work carried out by University of Cumbria in West Africa
A group of students and academics from the University of Cumbria are helping to secure critically endangered species in West Africa. As Cumbria coped with ‘the beast from the east’ the university group returned from a research and conservation trip to The Gambia.
Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018