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University of Cumbria

2016 League Table Ranking 111
2016 Overall Score 474
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Entry Standards 292 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 22.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.13 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 644 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.11 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 328 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 61.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 85.7 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 64.7 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 45.8 Help
Green Score
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History

  • The University of Cumbria is one of Britain's newest universities, but has a history of educating professionals going back over 150 years.
  • It was formed in 2007 from Cumbria Institute of the Arts, St Martin's College and the Cumbrian campus of UCLan.
  • The university academic strengths are in education, healthcare, science, business, sports, visual and performing arts, humanities, social science, law and criminology and outdoors.
  • Over 10,000 students study at campuses and sites in Carlisle, Ambleside the Lake District, Lancaster, Workington, Barrow and London.

Location and Transport

  • We have a range of campuses and sites in Cumbria, Lancashire and London. All have their own distinct identity but all have one common feature – students say they love the small friendly campuses and sites.
  • Campuses are based at Carlisle, Ambleside the Lake District, Lancaster, Workington, Barrow and London.
  • Our largest campuses are in Carlisle and Lancaster. Carlisle, the capital city of the Lakes, has a fine historical centre and has excellent road and rail links. Lancaster too has a rich historical centre and a strong student vibe as the city is home to two universities. It also has excellent road and rail links and is an easy journey to Manchester, Liverpool and other northern cities.

Entry Standards

  • The university uses the UCAS tariff system; details of course requirements can be found with each course description on the website.
  • More details on entry standards at the University of Cumbria are available on the website.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • Please see specific requirements for individual courses at www.cumbria.ac.uk/courses.

Student Mix

The 9,625 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Undergraduate
80%
Postgraduate
20%
Mode of study
Full Time
69%
Part Time
31%
Domicile
UK
97%
EU
2%
Other
1%
Student gender
Male
30%
Female
70%

Course Flexibility

  • A number of courses are available part-time, distance and blended learning and with sandwich placements with a range of new foundation degree for 2015.

Teaching Standards

  • The National Student Survey 2014 showed the university as best or equal best in the sector for Academic Support, Assessment and Feedback, Personal Development and Leaning Resources and Teaching.
  • The university was also named best for student support services by The Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2014.
  • A number of coures have professional body accreditation – please see individual course information at www.cumbria.ac.uk/course.

Research Standards

  • The university has strong and growing research credential.
  • The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) results, showed a considerable increase in research that is recognised as ‘world-leading’ and 'internationally excellent'. Across six units of assessment submitted, 80% was considered to be of a standard recognised internationally or higher.
  • This includes 33% internationally excellent or higher, and 7% of our research was graded as world leading.

Academic Strengths

  • The university academic strengths are in education, healthcare, science, business, sports, visual and performing arts, humanities, social science, law and criminology and outdoors.

Student Facilities

  • Learning and eResources accessible 24/7.
  • Blackboard – the online learning environment where students and staff can collaborate on work from any location 24/7, including via a smartphone app.
  • Extensive library resources.
  • Excellent support service covering, learning and study skills finance, child care, disability and special needs.
  • Sports Centres in Carlisle, Lancaster and Penrith.

Disability Services

  • Additional support services are provided for disabled students, which includes students with learning difficulties (such as dyslexia) and some aspects of mental ill health.
  • The university was named best for student support services by The Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2014.

Students' Union

  • The University of Cumbria Students’ Union (UCSU) is a student-led charity, representing the views and interests of its10,000 members.
  • Its motto ,Supporting and representing you to achieve your ambitions', is at the heart of every action it takes and decision they make – their role is to help every student make the most out of their university experience. UCSU and the university are joint signatories to a Students' Charter.

Sport

  • Sports centres are found at Carlisle Fusehill Street campus and Lancaster campus.
  • Additionally, sport centre members have full-use of major sporting facilities in Lancaster and Carlisle – Salt Ayre Sports Centre in Lancaster and The Sands Centre in Carlisle. UCSU teams are entered in over 20 leagues.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The university's Ambleside campus in the Lake District is nearing the end of a major refurbishment which has created world-class learning facilities in the heart of the national park.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Students can learn while they learn by applying for Student Ambassador roles with the university while the university's online Job Shop features jobs suitable for studying students.

Careers Guidance

  • The university's Careers and Employability Service provide extensive servcies to students throughout their course and beyond with support and career planning. Support online, by email, by phone and in person.
  • Please see www.cumbria.ac.uk/careers.

Notable Alumni

  • Keith Tyson – Turner Prize winner
  • Helen Skelton – TV presenter
  • Tom Hopkins-Gibson – artist
  • Charlie Hunnam – film and TV actor

For further information

Web
  • www.cumbria.ac.uk
Email
  • enquirycentre@cumbria.ac.uk
Phone
  • +44 (0) 845 606 1144
Address
  • University of Cumbria
    Fusehill Street
    Carlisle
    CA1 2HH
UCAS Code C99

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