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Lake District university campus to teach geography degree

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The University of Cumbria is offering a new geography course in it's Lake District campus, which is now a World Heritage site.

The new course, which starts this September, will be based at the Ambleside campus and will cover issues that are relevant within sight of the classroom.

The university expects the course will be in high demand, with weekly field trips into the Lake District on offer.

Geography bridges everything we do – conservation, outdoor, forestry as well as the human element of landscape,” says course leader Dr Lois Mansfield, by her own admission a dyed in the wool geographer. “The Lake District is a microcosm of the issues that other areas of the world suffer from. We’ll be studying ecosystem services, as well as traditional areas of geography, which is anything that applies to landscapes from flood management to health and wellbeing.”

“We’re very much about putting theory into practice – our USP is that we can be discussing a landscape issue in the classroom one minute and then be out amongst it the next,” Lois said. “The qualification can open up routes into a wide range of jobs – logistics, teaching, planning etc – it’s studying the world around us that can open up a world of opportunities.”

– Dr Lois Mansfield, course leader