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University of Cumbria staff go on strike

Exams will not be affected according to staff Credit: ITV Border

Staff at the University of Cumbria are walking out today as part of a wave of nationwide strike action in a row over pay and conditions.

The dispute comes after a pay rise offer of just over one per cent from the university's governing body.

According to the university, the strike will not affect exams during the one-day walkout.

Exams 'won't be affected' by university strikes

University of Cumbria. Credit: ITV Border

Strikes by staff at the University of Cumbria will cause disruption tomorrow, but will not affect exams, according to the university.

The forthcoming strike action proposed by UCU is part of a national dispute.

The University of Cumbria has discussed the matter constructively with UCU locally, and all parties are committed to handling the action and any associated impact in a responsible and sensible way.

The industrial action could potentially cause some disruption to formal teaching but submission of coursework and assignments as well as examinations will not be affected. The university is making every effort to mitigate any impact on students.

– A spokesperson for the university

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Cumbrian business leaders hear from economy experts

Business leaders from across Cumbria have been hearing about the state of the global economy at a special lecture organised by the University of Cumbria.

It was part of the university's aim to share knowledge and expertise by bringing business experts to the county.

"It's really important because we're a regional university but we are globally connected and anything we can do to elevate global issues to our business community and to our students is vitally important."

– Sandra Booth, University of Cumbria

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

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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.

48%
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.

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