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Autumn 2016

Welcome to the autumn edition of Aluminate, the graduate newsletter from the University of Cumbria.

We have enjoyed welcoming our students back to campus over the last few weeks and seeing lots of enthusiastic faces ready for a new term.  Many parts of our campuses have been given fabulous new make-overs over the summer, and even some new buildings too. Read our article below and see the pictures of all the exciting changes to your favourite campuses.

In August the university was delighted to welcome Professor Julie Mennell as our new vice chancellor. Julie has settled in well, and gave her first staff forums recently outlining her exciting plans and vision for the university. Professor Mennell gave an interview to the Cumberland News in her first week, you can read it here.

The Olympics and Paralympics were all over the news of course this summer, but we were watching one athlete with special interest. Class of 2009 alumnus Karen Darke, won the gold medal for hand cycling in the Paralympics. Closer to home, husband and wife team Cloudscape Studios, class of 2006 Louise Kneath and class of 2001 Ian Gilbertson, won the Creative City Award in the Carlisle Living Awards.  More recently class of 2016 alumnus Danielle Cross, won the Outstanding New Teacher award at the CN Group Golden Apples.  Nigel Pearson class of 1980 St. Martin’s College alumnus, had his teaching work recognised with an award from the German Embassy. Julie McCracken class of 2014 mentoring and coaching in education, has had her first book published; ‘Clean Language in the Classroom’. A huge well done and congratulations to all our fantastic alumni.

If you have a story to share, or hear of your fellow alumni doing anything interesting, please do let us know… email me

Best wishes

Joanne Lusher
Alumni Relations Officer

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CMCA Visit
Master your world
UoC among the best for graduate prospects
Alumnus finds potential new source of antibiotic
Our new campus refurbishments
Global Entrepreneurship Week
Alumnus gains valuable work experience on local film set
Linda Rader Overman
Gaining a PhD is not the end only the beginning
RKC/UoC MBA graduation events
Media Industry Day - we want more!
Professional Development Law Showcase
UCSU Update: The Panel 
Your call to action
Keep in touch



20 years of sport at University of Cumbria and St. Martin's College 

In July 2017 the University of Cumbria and St Martin's College are celebrating 20 years of Sport Graduates. We are hoping to hold an anniversary meal at the Lancaster Campus on Saturday 15th July with past and present staff and students in attendance.

In run up to this event we are hoping to get back in touch with as many graduates as possible. We have set up a Facebook page where we hope to reconnect old friends, tutors and celebrate the successes of our alumni. We hope you will join us and share your stories.



Vote for Shining Stars! 


Katie Slavin-Trower, Class of 2014 drama alumnus, runs Shining Stars Theatre School in Glasgow. The school is for young people and adults with additional support needs. Katie has been nominated for an award for her work and we think she is just fantastic!

Shining Stars currently perform in a local hall that does not meet the needs of the pupils.

They need your HELP.

Please take two minutes to vote for them here to be in with a chance of wining funding for their own hall and allow this wonderful school to grow. 

 Thank you!




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Forthcoming Reunions

The following classes are thinking about planning reunion events, get in touch to find out more!


  • 1974 starters of Charlotte Mason College are planning a get together in August 2017, with accommodation back in Fairfield student halls!
  • 20 Years of Sport - Did you do sport at UoC or SMC? We would LOVE to hear from you!
  • 2007 UoC Starters? Were you part our very FIRST year group nearly 10 years ago? In 2017 the university is celebrating this milestone and would love to hear from our very first students.

Want to find out more about any of these events, simply email

Want to hold your own reunion? See our Guide to Reunions here or drop us an email. 


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Charlotte Mason College Association visit

We were delighted with a visit from the CMCA earlier this month. The group of ladies who graduated in the 1960s enjoyed reminiscing whilst touring the Ambleside campus.


Master your world...

with a postgraduate degree from the University of Cumbria... There's never been a better time to study with us with the new PG loan and 20% discount.



University of Cumbria among the best for graduate prospects

A recent DLHE report published by HEFCE shows the university has increased its graduate prospects by 4% to 96.9%.

Alumnus finds potential new source of antibiotic 

Rylan Cairns class of 2002, Outdoor Studies alumnus, has been working on a new project to find potential new sources of antibiotic. Catch up with Ryland here...


Our new campus refurbishments

Loads of exciting refurbishment and building works took place over the summer on most of our campuses. Take a look at all the photos here in our visual tour...



Global Entrepreneurship Week at UoC

14 - 17 November is Global Entrepreneurship Week and we are hosting a wide range of FREE enterprise workshops for students and graduates. 


Alumnus gains valuable work experience on local film set

Finn H Drude, class of 2013 Film and Television Production graduate, explains what it was like working on the movie set for new film Swallows and Amazons, set in the Lake District.


Linda Rader Overman

We catch up with Linda Rader Overman, class of 2014 PhD Creative Writing alumnus. Here she reflects on her time spent in Lancaster as a student and shares details of her new writing work.


Gaining a PhD is not the end, only the beginning

Since gaining his PhD in Cultural History in 2015, Douglas Hope has been researching the life and legacy of T. A. Leanord who is hailed as the 'the father of the open-air movement' for a fascinating new book.


RKC/UoC MBA Graduation Events

IFLAS are inviting graduands of our Robert Kennedy College programmes to a series of events when they return to Cumbria to attend graduation in November.


Media Industry Day - we want more!

Talented media alumni returned to campus recently to give invaluable advice to students. Everyone came away very inspired. We would love to run further events, with your help... 


Professional Development Law Showcase

On Monday 12 December from 6 to 7.30pm join us at the Carlisle Business Interaction Centre to find out about professional development opportunities in law.


UCSU update: The Panel

An update from the Student Union about the new features introduced to make it easier for our students to get their voices heard.



As part of our fantastic new look university website we now have an events listings page! Check out all our events from open days to public lectures here... 

Your call to action

We hope you are enjoying this edition of Aluminate. This section summarises all of the different ways in which you can get more involved and the benefits and services of the Alumni Association. 

Keep in touch

Thank you for taking the time to read Aluminate. As always please feel free to contact me anytime with stories, memories, photos, ideas, suggestions, to update your contact details, or just to tell me what you have been up to recently. I will always be happy to hear from you.

Joanne Lusher
University of Cumbria Alumni Relations Officer
Fusehill Street

Telephone: +44 (0)1228 616391

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