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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:


Apprentice stars host business masterclass

Margaret Mountford (left) and Tim Campbell (right) at the University of Cumbria Credit: ITV

Two of the stars of the hit TV show The Apprentice hosted a business masterclass at the University of Cumbria.

Margaret Mountford, advisor to Lord Alan Sugar, and Tim Campbell, winner of the first series of the programme, were offering their expertise to students in Carlisle.

Grizzly bear tries to eat camera

This University of Cumbria student had a grizzly encounter when a female grizzly bear made a beeline for his camera.

Luckily John Kitchen, who's doing a PHD in Wildlife Conservation, had positioned the camera on a bridge away from where he was standing.

The camera didn't break and this amazing footage shows a grizzly bear up close and personal - it's filmed in British Columbia, in Canada.

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Grizzly bear 'selfie'

A University of Cumbria student had a grizzly encounter when a bear tried to eat his camera.

John Kitchin, who's doing a PHD in Wildlife Conservation, was on a research project in Canada. He'd put cameras on a bridge across a salmon-bearing river at Glendale Cove, and this young female grizzly bear made a beeline for one of them.

Grizzly bear takes over the camera Credit: John Kitchin


University ranked one of the most gay friendly in the UK

We've been speaking to students at the University of Cumbria after it was named one of the most gay friendly in the UK.

It's one of four universities in the north west of England to be ranked by a charity as among the best in Britain for gay, lesbian and bisexual students.

So what does it mean if you're a student studying in Cumbria? Our Correspondent Hannah McNulty has been finding out.

Students in Cumbria hope new exhibition will help secure jobs

A photography exhibition highlighting Cumbrian students work hopes to boost their job prospects.

The work is based on a collection of subjects, from the way social media fits into our lives to journeys and the memories associated with them.

The students have not yet completed their final year but have put their work on show for the public and potential employers.

"All of the project has been off our own backs.

We've been working since November to put the whole exhibition together. It's been great professional develop for all of us, we have learnt a lot.

We just wanted to sort of create and exhibition not just for photographers like us, but also for the general public to come in and see."

– Miriam Goodman, Student
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