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Barrow Learning Quarter

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The Barrow Learning Quarter is part of a borough-wide programme of seven innovative projects, #BrilliantBarrow, that will transform the area and ensure it thrives as a great place to live, work and visit.

A collaborative creation, Barrow Learning Quarter is being developed by the University of Cumbria in partnership with Furness College and others including BAE Systems, Lancaster University, and Westmorland & Furness Council.

Barrow Learning Quarter will provide a university campus, adjacent to the BAE Systems Submarine Academy for Skills and Knowledge site on Barrow Island, and a skills hub for sixth form students.



Covering 2.76 hectares, the university campus is expected to welcome its first students on site in January 2025.



The Barrow Learning Quarter will allow for a joined-up approach from secondary education into employment, further and higher education.

Famed for its submarine and maritime skills and expertise, Barrow is one of the nation’s most significant advanced manufacturing clusters and a key industrial asset for the UK. The Barrow Learning Quarter will improve future prospects for those, particularly young people, growing up in the area, helping to increase the numbers entering higher education.

Creating a full university presence in Barrow that attracts and retains talented graduates with high-level skills is vital for the area that is performing well economically and set to expand further in areas such as advanced manufacturing, business, computing, education and health.

Our academics are working with partners to identify and design a range of degree-level programmes for learners ranging from digital and cyber security to project management and supply chain and logistics.


Inspired by its location and links to Barrow’s history, the campus building design incorporates a two-story building with curved roof line, reminiscent of the surface of a submarine, glazing to maximise natural light into the building; social space and green infrastructure; adaptable and specialist teaching spaces; and a gross internal floor area of circa 2,105 sqm.

Brilliant Barrow

We have a once in a generation opportunity to secure a major investment for our town...

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