Bethanne is making the most of student life in Cumbria

Bethanne is making the most of student life in Cumbria

Bethanne Barnett-Jones, 22, is studying Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria in Ambleside

Kendalian Bethanne chose to study in Cumbria after an inspiring gap year trip to the other side of the world.


Bethanne made the short move from her hometown of Kendal to Ambleside to experience student life on campus.

“I wanted to experience moving away from home and living with other people,” she said. “The Ambleside campus has really good facilities with a library, canteen and a store where we can borrow high quality outdoor equipment.

“I have a good social life as it’s nice to be in an environment with like-minded people who appreciate the outdoors. I like being with people who enjoy the same things as I do, but push me to try new things as well.

“Ambleside is quite a small town, but we still have really good nights.”


Bethanne decided to research outdoor courses after returning from New Zealand – and was delighted to find the perfect degree course on her doorstep.

“When I looked at outdoor courses, choosing the University of Cumbria was a no-brainer,” she said. “Building up my knowledge, studying for a university degree and having practical experience stands me in good stead for a future career.

“Our lecturers are so knowledgeable and happy to advise us about future careers. If they can see you’re passionate about what you do, they really encourage you.

“Our tutors advise us to do a dissertation on a subject that could help us in our future career, and encourage us to do volunteering to build up our experience.

“The University of Cumbria offers lots of different courses and qualifications, so I take the opportunity to do different things.”


Bethanne is making the most of living in the Lake District and taking part in the outdoor activities on offer.

“I do a lot of biking, road riding and mountain biking,” she said. “I’ve started fell running with a friend from uni and I really love that. Being able to be up a hill is really important to me! I like trying everything outdoors, and everything is on the doorstep here.”

Bethanne also has a part-time job at Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre.

“They’re really flexible at the Brewery, which allows me to fit in my uni work,” she said.

“I really enjoyed Kendal Mountain Festival there and got to watch some films, go to some of the talks and went to a gig when I wasn’t working. The Brewery has some great events on all year round.”

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