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University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria was formed on 1 August 2007 from an amalgamation of St Martin's College, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, and the Cumbrian campuses of the University of Central Lancashire. The university has campuses in Carlisle, Penrith, Ambleside and Lancaster and a specialist teacher-education centre in London. The university also has strong links and close partnership working with the four FE Colleges in Cumbria (Lakes Colleges, Furness College, Carlisle College and Kendal College) to enable HE delivery locally across the county. In addition, the university is the lead institution of Cumbria Higher Learning, a Distributed Learning Network for Cumbria.



Latest University of Cumbria Reviews

Traumatised for life
Worst mistake of my life. The best thing that could happen to this university would be if it was demolished and rebuilt from scratch, with a completely new set of staff with a new, contemporary focus on design. Billions of pounds would have to be invested in making Carlisle a more hip town, otherwise I think this university is doomed. - read more...

Avoid like the Plague
It seems the course might be personality driven more than anything else. Or if your work shares similarities to that of the tutors then that's a plus. They should encourage us to develop our own skills and a few are telling us what to do. It seems irrational. - read more...

Shockingly Shit
Shockingly shit - read more...

Waste of time, money and effort
It's shit and I left - read more...

Completely Wasted Three Years
Abysmal and dire doesn't quite cover it. I wouldn't recommend this uni to my worst enemy, but what I would say is that the best option for you would be to choose a REAL University (not unicum, not York St Johns etc) but a REAL Uni. One which will look after you and help you with your career. After all the reason that most people go to uni is to gain skills for their future career. You may come away with a great Degree from here (only if you are actually motivated enough to get it, 'cause you'll get no help from tutors) but you'll get zero help in developing your career and using what you learn. If you value your career, give this one a miss folks. - read more...

Bad University in every department
If i had to do uni again i would never ever go here. Worst choice of my life and please take this on board and dont come here. it dosent deserve to be a Uni so please dont suuport it by coming here. - read more...

An appalling and corrupt mess
Just a complete disgrace. The University deserves to be shut down for good. It was a huge mistake allowing it to claim University status in the first place. This is evident by the fact thay are millions of pounds in debt, have been involved in numerous scandals and, of course, have members of staff lying. - read more...

the reviews here say the place is rubbish for a reason
rather than go into more details about my reasons and opinions, just look at whats staring you in the face, the place should be avoided if you can help it... - read more...

High quality teaching, great atmosphere
I really like the course, I feel it is challenging enough to keep me interested and if you find the above appealing this is the place for you. I'm surprised by so many negative opinions about the uni(particularly of business, management or primary course students) but I guess there may be massive differences between courses. This one is highly recommended :) - read more...

This is the most let down uni I have ever been to
No, everytime I ask for help they never give me help, they cancel my appointments and expect me to come in the next day like I don't have anything else important to do. Or they just ask for money just to help me on an assignment because they're not being paid enough. - read more...

This is the most let down uni I have ever been to
No, everytime I ask for help they never give me help, they cancel my appointments and expect me to come in the next day like I don't have anything else important to do. Or they just ask for money just to help me on an assignment because they're not being paid enough. - read more...

Brilliant
University, especially in these difficult economic times, is huge commitment for anyone. Make sure you know what you’re looking for from your university experience. For myself personally I found that if you want to socialise and study, or have some peace and quite, the university can offer this. The course more specifically allows you to take what you need from it, many other students on my course have different career prospects to mine, and the course has allowed them to develop this. I would personally highly recommend the course, as university has been a fantastic experience. I have gained confidence, developed my academic writing and my critical thinking, and made new friends. I’ve had to problem solve, communicate, work in teams, have some self discipline and be organised in getting work done. I would also suggest be proactive, as the more you put in, the more you’ll get out. Clique, I know but the course does teach you to stand on your own two feet, you need to think for yourself as it is your degree. I found that if I work, the tutors and university staff will work along side you. - read more...

AVOID - 'Beyond The Pale'
If the train taking you there breaks down, consider it a blessing from God.. - read more...

Never again: not worth the time or the money
Summing up I had a pretty depressing three years. The guys on our course were great, and the fact that we only spent two days a week at Uni softened the misery slightly. But actually getting what I wanted from this whole experience was pretty much impossible. I got my Degree, but the Uni has been less than supportive (they actually deleted my email account without warning as soon as I left), and any employment/career advice has been abysmal (I've actually told them that). Even the so called "Opportunity Knocks" email leaflet, which is sent to graduates, is rarely sent out, and when it does get sent it is full of pointless three-four week placements from stingy employers who want to grab some cheap labour/teamaking lackey. Do not, whatever you do, make the mistake of coming to this University. Uclan tried to make it work, but failed. So did Northumbria (and they failed). It isn't going to get any better. Value your career, and your job prospects, and aim for somewhere better. Maybe the University of Central Baghdad... - read more...

Absolute disgrace and laughing stock of a university
I would never in a million years recommend this uni, literally everything needs to be improved and sorted out and the staff need sacking from their jobs. My advice would be avoid this place like the plague - read more...

The worst university and course ever
I would not recommend this university. It is worse than my FE college and not even similar to the proper university I did my undergraduate study at. Really terrible staff, resources and buildings. I have heard it may close as it is going bust. Probably a good thing as it will mean no one else has to experience it. Terrible - read more...

very small and friendly, but in debt
The ethos of the staff that work at the uni makes it a very friendly place to study.Ive always felt known , safe and supported. However the university debt is impacting students, with jobs and resources cuts. I hope the university sorts out its debt so that it can put its priorities back into the right place. - read more...

an oasis in a sea of mediocrity
Any experience of life is tempered with good bits and bad bits, the UOC if it survives the new education reforms will be a stronger place. IS it an art college? in a word no, its a Uni and a pretty anodyne one at that. - read more...

A complete and utter disgrace.
DO not come here. I would never recommend this to anyone. Everything needs improving... the lecturers, the facilities, the way they spend your money! It's not worth getting into debt for. - read more...

CRAP!!!
CRAP. newton rigg needs closed down. lecturers don't commuincate with each other and not organised at all. thrown off course ad didnt have good enough reason after being told i could come back and even had letter acceptance. waste of time going here!! - read more...

The REAL truth about our uni
At a time the government are stupidly reducing university places and spending money, anyone would be lucky to get a place here. Even though i myself put down lancaster university as my first choice, if given a choice i would not mmove from the university of cumbria. I felt instantly at home here, the people are friendly, the atmosphere is brilliant. I would like to kindly ask the people who put my university down to stop it as they dont know what they are talking about. Also to the stupid big wigs who closed down other campuses such as ambleside, back off and leave our university well alone and pick on someone else. To close us down at such an early stage in our development would be madness. We have the potential so give us a change to grow. - read more...

Deluded, depressed tutors and no library!
Think twice. The fine art course is isolated from the rest of the uni and this has its problems. they will sell it to you as being small enough to be a big happy family - if you don't mind being brainwashed and feeling like you have to flirt with the tutors to get anywhere, then you might be ok. if you're wanting to actually "make" anything (a dirty word in fine art) you will probably need to do this at home as there are hardly any facilities and rumour has it that those which are left are going to be closing down. this course is in serious need of improvement. if i had my time again, i would steer clear and head for Sunderland or Newcastle (if you're wanting to be in the north). However, if you can't get in anywhere else give it a thought. - read more...

Terrible Teaching, Poor Support - No academic content at all...
The management of the course was just dreadful, totally disorganised. There is no support when you go out on placement and it is totally random each time where you are allocated. Terrible, please don't waste your money and your time. The government should not fund this institution. - read more...

A DISGRACE
Very low. Take note of the poor reviews. - read more...

brillient
UoC is an amazing uni with olot of support and prospects, you'd be mad to pass down the opportunity. - read more...

Complete and total utter Cr*p
Dreadful experience, disorganised. Bad management of course, bad communication with students, regular redundancies mean most staff not interested in student welfare, only in preserving their jobs. - read more...

Not worth 20p let alone £20k of debt
It has been two years of hell. I'm in debt up to my eyeballs, and for what? I wouldn't recommend this place, I'm sick of it, it really is bad. - read more...

Disappointing in every respect
1) Rubbish 2) Rubbish 3) Rubbish 4) Rubbish Message loud and clear. Not recommended to anyone. - read more...

A New Univeristy that IS getting there
I would ABSOLUTELY recommend the University of Cumbria to other students. It is a new University but everyone is friendly and helpful and the course is well organised. - read more...

Not recommended
Not recommended. The whole course was strung together badly, with no help or effort made in helping us to get a good degree or get on a graduate scheme.Best advice I can give is to steer clear! - read more...

Hell on Earth
HELL.Poor in all respects, and not a patch on Newcastle or Manchester Uni. - read more...

Thumbs down big style
Everything was totally bad at Uni. Hated coming here, it didn't help me find work, I left with a mark that was way below what I could have achieved but its ok because lecturers get their pay and don't give a stuff how you do. Never again. - read more...

I hate this place
Not enjoying any of it. Hate the place, it should be knocked down and the lecturers shouldn't be lecturing. No one here gives a toss about youre eductaion. - read more...

Don't even entertain coming here (Fusehill St camp)
Really really really MAJORLY BAD CHOICE coming here. I can't belive the crap glossy brochure sold me in the first place. This place is complete and utter s***, tutors don't care, essays vague and completely off the wall, campus is crap, so best advice is don't come here if you value an education!Seriously! - read more...

Could this be any worse...No!
Absolutely dire, wouldn't recommend to my worst enemy.The place could be improved by nuking it, it really is that bad and I can thank the staff for completely wasting the last two years of my studying.If you want an education, or a valid Degree, I wouldn't attempt to come here. - read more...

A complete waste of my time
If I could grade it -10000 I would. It is a dive, crap teaching, crap facilites (it is based in an old mental hospital on Fusehill St, good sense of humour eh).Have tried submitting complaints, but these have led to nothing being done and no help for me on my course. I'm doing badly due to no help on my course, I feel like jackin it in! - read more...

DO NOT COME HERE!
Enjoyment of Uni= 0-It is poor, and teaching is lack-lustre and rubbish. No clubs to join, no activities. Recommend to others= Like a hole in the head, will know next time, this place is crap. Parts to be bettered= Everything. Teaching is lousy, no feedack when you hand assignments/drafts in. Library facilities are poor, it just isn't a library. Communication between lecturers idoesn't happen either, and they don't communicate with us. Drop-out rate has been extraordinary, approx 60% of peole on our course have dropped out! Most important piece of advice= Unless you are desperate, a refugee or completely off your face and like the idea of a Mickey Mouse Degree (and a third) STAY AWAY - read more...

A joke to even call this a University
This "University" is a complete shambles and a disgrace to even call itself a University. It truly is atrocious, with the emphasis on making money from students. Examples can be seen from the cost of a cup of coffee (£1) to the unbelievable library fines (approx £2 a week per book). Have been lied to continuosly through this course, as I signed up for a course which they decided to pull the plug on at the end of my second year (great, thanks a lot).Lecturers give little or no feedback, feedback is usually unhelpful and even asking for advice on a Dissertation title will result in no help whatsoever.Everything is done on the cheap at UniCum, and this is clear from the first day you step on campus (if you're daft enough to even progress that far).The place is situated in Carlisle in an abandoned hospital, with little or no wheelchair access.There is no car parking whatsoever, unless you get a space at 6am in the morning as the pay-and-display car park is used by people who work in town and people who live at Uni, so it is permanently full. The whole place could be improved by being closed down, the staff are unhelpful and lousy, the campus is atrocious, and my experience over the last three years has gone from bad to worse...DON'T GO TO UNIVERSITY OF CUMBRIA, IT IS A DISGRACE AND A WASTE OF YOUR TIME, MONEY AND EFFORT.Even an Open Uni course in Prison would be better than this! - read more...

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