Cumbria is a modern university that is only 13 years old. However, the origins of the University can be traced back to
1822 (and even to AD120!).
The University of Cumbria was established in 2007, bringing together the Cumbria Institute of the Arts, St Martin’s College and the Cumbrian campuses of UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire)
Today the University operates from campuses in Carlisle, Lancaster, Ambleside and London, with a presence on the Cumbrian West Coast, in Barrow.
Arts and the Creative industries have a long history within the University of Cumbria, starting in Carlisle, in the North-West of England, with the establishment of the ‘Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts' in 1822.
The Brampton Road campus in Carlisle, which houses the Institute of the Arts, also sits on the site of the vallum for Hadrian’s Wall. The vallum was a wide deep ditch flanked by large mounds of earth, providing an extra defence for the wall.
The University of Cumbria is ranked no. 1 in the UK and no. 8 in the World for
‘Quality Education’ according to the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact rankings 2020.
Cumbria's international students come from around 90 different countries and make up approximately 7- 8% of the University's student body in the UK.
The University also has over 2,000 students studying with us online or by distance learning.
The University of Cumbria has a total of around 10,000 students, of which approximately 9,500 are Undergraduate and 500 are Postgraduate.
University of Cumbria is rated amongst the best in the UK for graduate employability, with 96-97% of the University's
graduates in employment or undertaking further study within 15 months of graduating.
(Source: Higher Education Statistic Agency, HESA, 2020)
A recent survey conducted by Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance in July 2021 ranked the University of Cumbria in fifth place in the UK (after LSE, Cambridge, Oxford and SOAS) for producing the most CEOs. The study analysed LinkedIn data from nearly 8.5 million students across 121 UK universities.
Facilities at the University's 4 main campuses:
The campus is home to some of the University's most popular courses in Education, Health, Sport, and Business.
Facilities on the Lancaster campus include: sport performance labs, an x-ray and ultrasound suite, training wards and ambulance simulators, alongside teacher training rooms. These facilities are available for nursing, paramedic, sport, and rehabilitation students.
The campus also has social and sporting facilities including; three cafes, a gym, sports hall, and outdoor pitches.
Carlisle The Fusehill Street campus
Home to the University's courses in health, science, conservation, education, business, law, and policing, the Fusehill Street campus has an array of science labs and teaching facilities. Located a few minutes walk away from Carlisle Train Station and a short trip away from the English Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Fusehill Street's roots are set in history. Health and science have been practised and studied here since World War I when the campus was a hospital for those wounded in the war.
Carlisle, Brampton Road
Brampton Road is home to the University's Institute of Arts. Located minutes away from the sights and sounds of Carlisle city centre, it's also a train ride away from the stunning English Lake District, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ambleside: In the heart of the Lake District National Park, the Ambleside campus is home to; science labs, and an equipment hire department for hiking, mountaineering, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and climbing. It is also home to the Student Union bar, "The Struggle".
Cumbria has a range of University owned accommodation options starting at £80 per week for a single occupancy bedroom in the halls of residence or £118.50 to £157 per week for an en-suite bedroom. Full details are here:
Standard International fees at the University of Cumbria for 2021/22 are £12,800 per year for both Undergraduate and most Postgraduate Taught courses.
International fees for all Pre-Registration Health courses in 2021/22 are £15,500 per year. Any student paying International Non-EU fees is also entitled to a £1,000 Early Payment Discount if the full annual fees are paid in one instalment in advance.
For all EU/EEA students requiring a visa and starting in 2021/22, the University of Cumbria is offering an automatic tuition fee discount scholarship that brings the EU fees in line with UK/Home fees i.e. £9,250 per year for Undergraduate and a lower fee for Postgraduate courses.
The University of Cumbria specialises in the following study areas:
The University's Institute of Arts has produced a number of movers and shakers in the cultural and creative industries sectors, including a Turner Prize winner (the highest accolade available to a British Artist)
Cumbria is highly rated as a supplier of teachers regionally and nationally, it's reputation is built on an education legacy spanning over 100 years.
The legacy of Charlotte Mason, a world-renowned educator who lived in Ambleside at the turn of the 19th Century, lives on within Cumbria, as evidenced by our performance in the Times Higher (World) University Impact Rankings 2020 (see above).
Cumbria houses the National School of Forestry, on it's Ambleside campus where students learn the science and art of conserving and sustainably managing trees, woods and forests.
In Summer 2017, The University of Cumbria pioneered a new “tele-triage” scheme has helped reduce the number of elderly patients admitted to hospital; the scheme makes use of high definition iPads which are issued to the care homes. Instead of dialling 111 when a resident falls ill, trained staff are able to contact a senior nurse 24 hours per day.
The University of Cumbria offers a good selection of online and distance Postgraduate Taught courses, ranging from MBAs in Artificial Intelligence, Digital Marketing and Energy & Sustainability to an MSc. Data Analytics or an LLM in International Business Law. There is also a BA (Hons) in Business Management. The majority of the online courses are delivered by the University's long-standing education partner – Robert Kennedy College in Switzerland. Course fees are CHF (Swift francs).12,000 (in 2021/22)