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Lecturers on strike across Cumbria

Some staff from the University of Cumbria and other colleges around the county have joined their colleagues across the country in a walkout this morning over proposed changes to pay and pensions.

The university has released the following statement:

“Some UCU and UNISON members locally may support industrial action scheduled for 3 December 2013, to demonstrate the strength of their feelings on the current national pay negotiations.

"The university has always enjoyed good local relations with the unions and in advance of the planned day of action, the university will do all it can to minimise the impact any industrial action may have on its services and students."

Previous strike action took place on 31 October, but the university has reassured the public that the impact was minimal, with only one lecture cancelled and no campus closures.


Lecturers go on strike at Cumbrian universities

Lecturers gathered outside the entrance to the University of Cumbria on Brampton Road this morning as part of a move by university staff across the North West who went on strike today in a row over pay and pensions.

Union members from all 13 North West universities are involved in the nationwide action taken by Unison, Unite and the University and College Union.


University offers advice ahead of A-level results day

As A-level results day looms for thousands of students, the University of Cumbria has produced a video for those who do not necessarily get the grades they had wanted.

The video contains advice on how to best deal with the clearing process and gives students tips and contact details for organisations that can help them make the right choices in a stressful situation.

Lord Campbell-Savours receives Honorary Fellowship

Lord Campbell-Savours is awarded his Fellowship Credit: ITV News Border

Lord Campbell-Savours has been made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cumbria.

The Cumbrian peer and former Workington MP was given the honour in recognition of his support to higher education in Cumbria, and his outstanding contribution to the economy in the west of the county.

He was an early supporter of the University and told the ceremony in Carlisle he was 'honoured' to be recognised in this way.

Hundreds attended the ceremony in Carlisle Cathedral Credit: ITV News Border

Full report: Malcolm Wilson receives Fellowship

Former British Rally Champion Malcolm Wilson has picked up another major title in Carlisle.

The managing director of M-Sport, who run Ford's World Rally activities, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Cumbria.

It recognises his outstanding contribution to motorsport and Cumbrian business.

Kim Inglis reports:

M-Sport boss to receive Honorary Fellowship

M-Sport Managing Director Malcolm Wilson Credit: PA

The managing director of Cumbrian based motorsport firm M-Sport is to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Cumbria.

Former British Rally Champion Malcolm Wilson is to receive his fellowship for his "outstanding contribution" to the industry.

M-Sport run their rally company from their Dovenby Hall complex in Cockermouth, and are one of west Cumbria's largest employers.

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