University of Cumbria

2014 League Table Ranking 112
2014 Overall Score 454
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Entry Standards 249 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 18.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 1.23 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 657 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 3.87 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 357 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 57.9 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 82.5 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 65.7 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 32.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • As one of the UK’s newest universities the University of Cumbria also has a long and prestigious history of delivering first-class higher education in and around Cumbria.
  • Formed in 2007, the University of Cumbria was created from three institutions: Cumbria Institute of the Arts, St Martin’s College and UCLan’s Cumbria sites including its campus at Newton Rigg.
  • At the University of Cumbria we are committed to providing a first class education and an outstanding student experience in a flexible and supportive learning environment. We are proud of our extensive portfolio of high quality courses in education, health and wellbeing, arts, business and science.
  • As well as academic excellence we offer a cost-effective option for further study with our range of bursaries and scholarships, as well as a low cost of living in and around our campuses and sites.

Location and transport

  • We have four campuses (which are bases we own) and four sites (which are bases where we are hosted by one of our partners). All have their own distinct identity but all have one common feature – they are all small and friendly. 
  • Students tell us that they love our small friendly campuses and sites.
  • Our largest campuses are in Carlisle and Lancaster. Carlisle is an attractive city with a fine historical centre. It is less than ten miles from the border with Scotland, close to the Lake District and has excellent road and rail links.  Lancaster too has a 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.
  • Much of the university’s science, outdoors, forestry and conservation courses are currently based at Penrith in Cumbria. Plans are being developed to re-locate the provision to Ambleside in the Lake District. The Ambleside campus is located in the famous Lake District destination and is housed in its own extensive grounds. The Lakeland Fells are right on its doorstep and Windermere is very close by.
  • From Tower Hamlets in London, the university offers a range of teacher training and associated courses. The campus is easily reached from Mile End Tube.
  • A brand new Sustainable Energy degree and other science courses are offered by the university at Workington in a state of the art building – Energus – shared with partner organisations. The town is close to the Lake District and Cumbrian coast.

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.

Course flexibility

  • Many of the courses can be studied part-time.

Research standards

  • Research is an integral part of the work of the university and covers a diversity of subject areas.
  • Recent work has included agricultural pollution control, energy saving in social housing, developing programmes in public health and social services with universities in Moldova, Georgia and Armenia, care of refugees and asylum seekers who have suffered abuse, and transferring knowledge of drawing and textile design with a range of European partner organisations.

Academic strengths

  • A long-standing engagement with the creative arts gives the university particular strengths in Art, Design and Media.
  • The university has a long track record of successfully training teachers, nurses and allied health professionals.
  • Among other strengths are English, Forestry, Conservation History, Sport, Business, and Religious Studies.

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.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is central to the educational, social, cultural and sporting life of the university and ensures that students have a say in the running of the university.
  • The union is the place for advice and help, involvement in sport, membership of a society, or just fun.


  • Sport features highly at the university. There are countless clubs and societies.
  • The university has extensive sports facilities, from a climbing wall and football pitchs, to dance studios. All abilities are catered for.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 845 606 1144
  • University of Cumbria
    Fusehill Street
    CA1 2HH
UCAS Code C99

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