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University of Cumbria scoops top award

University of Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

The University of Cumbria has picked up a leading award for supporting small and medium-sized businesses.

The Small Business Charter, which brings together leading business schools across the UK, has given the university a Small Business Charter bronze award.

Successful business projects supported by the university include a scheme in Carlisle to help retailers compete in a global market and helping students and recent graduates start out in business.

“The university is extremely proud to achieve the Small Business Charter bronze award. Whilst, as one of the UK's newest universities and we are still a relative new start-up ourselves in the world of business and enterprise, this award recognises our commitment and the strength of our broad-range of programmes to support business enterprise and growth. Particularly, amongst small businesses who are the backbone of the Cumbrian economy.

“I am especially proud of the Business School and our dedicated staff at the Business Interaction Centres who have channelled their research, training, knowledge, expertise and mentoring to support 100s of growing businesses and our own student start-ups.”

– Sandra Booth, Pro Vice Chancellor Enterprise-Business Development & Engagement, at the University of Cumbria


University of Cumbria slashes emissions

The University of Cumbria. Credit: ITV Border

The University of Cumbria has been ranked second in a league table of universities that have reduced their carbon footprint.

Reduction in absolute emissions over past 10 years

Out of 127 higher education institutions, the University of Cumbria was only beaten by London Metropolitan University, which reduced emissions by 51 percent.

Universities were challenged by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to lower emissions by 43 percent.

It's hoped emissions at the University of Cumbria will have been knocked back as low as 67 percent by 2020.

The reductions so far have been achieved by reducing inefficient building stock, invested heavily in low energy heating and lighting systems and improved building insulation levels.

This included replacing elderly and end-of-life heating boilers with new, energy efficient water heaters and installing automated lighting sensors across all campuses to reduce energy wastage.

University's top tips for Clearing

Students from the University of Cumbria have made a video to help other pupils who don't get the A Level results they need, or have changed their minds about the university they'd chosen to attend.

'Clearing Top Tips' gives advice on how to get through the Clearing process.

It was put together by Lauren Millar and Joe Mannion, who have both been through Clearing:

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Here are some of their top tips:

  • Get in touch with universities, even if you don't meet the grade requirements - find out what they might be able to offer you
  • Research the courses, and universities, you are interested in
  • Have all your details ready - you'll need your UCAS login, your UCAS ID, qualifications and a pen and paper in case you need to take notes

I always wanted to study Law but didn’t think I’d meet the requirements. The whole day of Clearing I must have rang 30 odd universities to talk about three or four different courses. I really wanted to get a massive range. At the end of the day, I had a list of all the universities I wanted to go to and all the courses I might have a place on and I picked the best one for me.”

– Joe Mannion

Our two students just go to show that if you don’t get the grades for your first choice or, even if you do but think you may have chosen the wrong course or university, entering Clearing can be highly beneficial. Our advice is to give us a call and see what possibilities are open to you.”

– Gill Haigh, University of Cumbria


Job cuts at University of Cumbria will help investment

The University of Cumbria's vice chancellor says cutting jobs now will help the university to invest more, in the future.

Up to sixty positions will go, as part of a plan to save around £5 million in the next academic year.

Most of the redundancies will be voluntary.

Peter Strike says these savings could lead to new jobs being created, and more investment in facilities.

Graduate wins international film festival prize

The film follows a young Nepalese boy's impressions of the UK. Credit: Laxcha Bantawa

A University of Cumbria graduate is quickly making a name for herself in the film industry.

Laxcha Bantawa's documentary has just won the top prize at the Katmandu International Mountain Film Festival.

It explores a young Nepalese boy's candid impressions of the UK:

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