With campuses and sites across the region, including Ambleside, Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle, the University of Cumbria continues to fulfil its founding objectives by widening participation and developing a distributed higher education learning model in Cumbria.

The university has a strong tradition of vocational learning, geared towards producing well-rounded, skilled and employable graduates, who are in demand and prepared for the challenges of a rewarding future. With a 97 per cent employability rate, the University of Cumbria is currently ranked second in the UK for graduate employability (DLHE 2015).

Industry input is valued throughout course development and employers are consulted on what they require in the workforce, while many programmes have either professional accreditation or other links with professional bodies.

With a thorough understanding of key industries and employers in the region and beyond, the university is able to connect with them through live projects, placement opportunities, work experience and graduate opportunities. Recent multi-million pound investments in Science and Technology facilities in Carlisle, as well as a new Project Academy partnership with Sellafield are helping to train career-ready graduates with the right skills to support and drive the regional economy.

The University of Cumbria is committed to supporting our local economy. Our Enterprise and Business Development team offer a broad range of programmes to help businesses grow and develop.

The Widening Participation team works hard to raise aspirations among the region’s young people, meeting with primary and secondary school age pupils to encourage early goal setting. They organise workshops and summer schools, where young people can spend a few days at one of the campuses to experience what it’s like to be a student. A mentoring scheme sees current students support a young person in their journey towards higher education and achieving a degree.

Perhaps most importantly, the University of Cumbria provides a great student experience…

"Coming to university was the best decision of my life, and coming to this particular one made it even better. I have learnt so much in my short time here and made so many amazing friends that I will be sad to leave. I feel prepared to move on to bigger things thanks to my university."

"Fantastic. I would love to do it all again! My time at the University of Cumbria has been the best of my life so far and I have learned so much. I would recommend the University of Cumbria to anyone looking for a smaller uni that offers niche courses."

WhatUni student survey, 2016

Offering a range of courses, from Arts to Zoology, the University of Cumbria is proud to be part of the region’s economic transition.

Campus Developments

The University of Cumbria is investing in a range of facilities across their Ambleside, Carlisle and Lancaster campuses.

In Ambleside, bespoke new student accommodation is being built ready for the new academic year, providing high quality ensuite rooms and facilities including several DDA accessible bedrooms.

The university intends to create a true centre of excellence for collaboration and science education in Carlisle and the region, so the second phase of the creation of STEM laboratories is underway at the Fusehill Street campus. This will look to enhance the existing facilities, providing even more high-quality space for learning, research and consultancy. 

At the Lancaster campus, a new teaching block is being constructed. This purpose-built learning environment will act as a central hub for all academic and research activities and student support services. The facility will have a “Silver” SKA Rating and incorporate a 220-seat lecture theatre, social learning spaces and 2500m2 of high-quality teaching accommodation.

Main Contact

David Owen HR Operations Manager

T: 01524 590883
E: david.owen@cumbria.ac.uk

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