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'Agriculture on the up' for students at Newton Rigg

300% increase in the number of students at Newton Rigg College Credit: ITV Border

A newly refurbished learning centre at Newton Rigg College near Penrith has been officially opened.

It's part of a £3 million investment in the campus, which was taken over by the Askham Bryan College three years ago. It's had a 300% increase in the number of students attending the college since then. Course leaders say worldwide demand for food means land-based courses are more popular than ever.


Students celebrate A-Level success

Students have been celebrating A-level results at Ullswater Community College in Penrith. The school achieved it's highest ever points per application scores from UCAS. The figures for Cumbria as a whole are expected to be released later.

Students comparing results Credit: ITV Border
Students call friends with their results Credit: ITV Border
Ullswater college students checking results Credit: ITV Border


Cumbrian students told to get MMR jab

An MMR Vaccine Credit: PA

Cumbrian students are being warned by Cumbria NHS to have the MMR jab before starting their university courses in the autumn. It's an attempt to prevent mumps, measles and rubella spreading through campuses.

Cumbria NHS say some young people starting courses this autumn have probably not been immunised against the illnesses which can have serious complications, including meningitis, swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and deafness.

All prospective students in Cumbria are warned that they should arrive at university fully vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) when organisations confirm their places in August.

The best way for people to protect against catching mumps or measles is to make sure they've had two doses of the MMR vaccine.

Both doses are usually given to children before they start primary school and one dose alone will not offer full protection.

Anyone who is not sure if they have had both doses can contact their GP surgery and ask for a booster MMR injection.

Dr Nigel Calvert, Cumbria’s associate director of public health:

“These are highly infectious illnesses and students are peers because they are in such close contact with so many other young people. The only way to fully protect against catching measles, mumps and rubella is through the MMR jab.”