The University of Cumbria places people at the heart of all it does, to make a difference that goes beyond the classroom. Students are empowered with the tools, attributes and opportunities to add value to their lives – and to meet the demands of an ever-evolving workplace. Created in 2007, the university has a proud history of teaching from campuses in Carlisle, Ambleside in the Lake District, Lancaster, Workington, Barrow and London.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the countryside

UCAS Code: C99

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 69%
  • Part Time 31%

Where students come from

  • UK 97%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 1%

Student gender

  • Male 32%
  • Female 68%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Campus libraries provide access to thousands of online resources and a range of areas for group work, quiet work and silent study.
  • Resources include print and e-books, plus journals. Online sources give access to 340,000 e-books and over 210,000 print books, while 140 electronic resource collections include journal articles, reports, multimedia and more. A 'Get More Books' service allows students to recommend additions to the library.
  • IT facilities include Internet connected PCs, wireless access, laptops and a range of media equipment to borrow.

Student jobs

  • Students can earn while they learn by applying for student ambassador roles with the university, providing a range of assistance from recruitment events to digital marketing opportunities.
  • The university's online Job Shop features local vacancies and placements suitable for students.

Careers advice

  • The university offers a dedicated careers and employability service to support students throughout their studies and beyond into the world of work.
  • The Career Ahead programme, developed by the university's careers advisers, helps students identify any gaps in their skill set, reflect on their experiences and provides opportunities to participate in exclusive programmes and mock interviews with employers.

Health services

  • The university provides guidance to students on their physical health and personal safety, along with useful resources and emergency contacts.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The Mental Health and Well-being Service incorporates counselling, psychotherapy, and mental health support. There is also mental health mentoring for students with Disabled Students' Allowances funding.
  • Qualified and trainee psychological therapists and mental health case workers offer appointments to students Monday–Friday. Appointments are at various times and days on each campus, with some evening appointments. There are also workshops and group sessions run at different times throughout the year.
  • The range of support includes guided self-help, person-centred counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, mental health support, or referrals to specialist services. Issues discussed typically include low mood, anxiety or stress, bereavement, homesickness, eating problems, abuse, relationship difficulties, self-esteem or low confidence, and loneliness.

Disability support

  • Additional support services are provided for disabled students, including students with specific learning differences (SpLD) such as dyslexia, and some aspects of mental ill health.
  • An individualised action plan is created, giving an overview of the impact of the student's disability or specific learning difference, detailing the adjustments required.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union (UCSU) is a student-led charity, representing the views and interests of its members. With the university it is joint signatory to a Students' Charter, putting SU engagement at the heart of university decision-making.
  • The union's motto is 'Supporting and representing you to achieve your ambitions.' It guides every decision made and action taken to help students make the most of their university experience, with a strong focus on academic development and volunteering activities.
  • The SU offers a wide variety of societies and social groups to choose from; great for exploring new opportunities, developing a passion – and of course, making new friends and generally having great fun.


  • The University of Cumbria is a perfect blend of old and new: one of Britain's newest universities, it has an illustrious history of educating professionals over the past 150 years.
  • It was formed in 2007 from Cumbria Institute of the Arts, St Martin's College and the former Cumbrian campus of the University of Central Lancashire.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Cumbria is the only UK university with a campus inside a National Park (now also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Ambleside campus in the heart of the Lake District is one of five campuses that make up the university, along with Lancaster, London, and two sites in Carlisle.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Keith Tyson – Turner Prize winner.
  • Helen Skelton – TV presenter.
  • Tom Hopkins-Gibson – artist.
  • Bryan Dick – film and TV actor.
  • Conrad Atkinson – internationally renowned artist.


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