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M AY ‘17



CONTENTS 3 10 18 5 11 19 7 13 21 9 15 24 The Squealer | Contents

A quick officer update

RNLI Fundraising

News Bites

Focus on Volunteering

Biodiversity on the Ambleside Campus

Focus on Groups

Grillust Funhouse

UCSU Successes

Hello Squealer Readers! Can you believe that this is our final edition of the year? Time has just flown by and soon many of you will be heading off for a wellearned break. For those of you on courses with a shorter summer break, we hope you still find time to relax and (hopefully) enjoy the sun. Congratulations to everyone graduating this summer! Graduation hoodies are now available to order from our website for collection on the day. We’re also looking ahead to welcome week. What would you like to see happen in Welcome Week 2017? Share your ideas with us by emailing It’s been really great to see The Squealer develop this year, and the increasing number of you who are submitting contributions. We’re

British Powerlifting

Zoology at The Gambia

The Success Awards

The Back Pages

especially proud that this issue has been developed with the help of some student designers! Would you like to help us keep on developing The Squealer? Send us your feedback or let us know how you’d like to be involved by emailing This is your magazine so we really value your input. In this issue we have a huge variety of articles, covering everything from powerlifting to a trip to The Gambia. You’ll also find our latest updates, coverage of the Success Awards and our favourite photos from around the University. Happy reading! Editor: Nicola Haydon Graphic Design: Vincent Walden, Sian Whitfield & Victoria Smith 2


OFFICER UPDATE Find me on: Email - Facebook - Bethany Cutter Twitter - @BethanyUcsu

BETHANY CUTTER Hello, can you believe we’re coming to the end of the year? It doesn’t seem long since we welcomed everyone back and now we’re nearly done with 2016/17. Since the last Squealer I’ve been very busy! 22nd March was World Water day, and we celebrated the new water dispensers which have been installed on our North West campuses. Ambleside have theirs in the Charlotte Mason building, Fusehill have a new dispenser in the Bowscale building, Brampton Road outside the SU office, and Lancaster in the Alexandra building. On Red Nose Day, I sat in a paddling pool at Lancaster campus with students paying to pour tins of beans over me! It was very cold, and I will never look at a tin of beans the same way again! There was some great fundraising going on from INSOC, Women’s rugby and the Disney society so well done to everyone involved! (You can read more about Red Nose Day on page 13). At the end of March, we held the Success awards which I had the pleasure of hosting! It was a wonderful night to celebrate and recognise Cumbria students and staff for all of their amazing work (see the winners on page 21-22). We also had our last Panel meeting of the year, which has left me plenty to do in my last few months. As well as that, donation points are being set up on the North West campuses for you to drop off any leftover food which is suitable for food banks, which will then be donated to food banks local to your campus. Check out the website or get in touch to find out where to donate. As we now get towards the end of the year, I look back and see how many of you I have met across our campuses and the wonderful contributions you all make to UoC, UCSU, and have made to my time as an officer. The best part of this year has been meeting and working with and for you to make sure your voice is heard at Cumbria. Enjoy the end of the year and have a great summer!


The Squealer | Officer Update

ROWAN COOPER-GRITTEN Find me on: Email - Facebook - Rowan Cooper-Gritten

Hello everyone! The recent weeks have been pretty busy for me and the Officer Team at UCSU! With the Trustee Board, Success Awards, the final/fourth Panel meeting, and our project work & campaigns, there is never a dull moment, and you won’t find us wanting! My campaign projects (new and ongoing) include: • Increasing the range of healthy and exciting menu options for students with dietary requirements by providing recipe ideas to canteen staff • Planters Project in Lancaster • Increasing student’s Mental and emotional health through Mindfulness • Increasing student awareness and participation in Health & Wellbeing events and societies. I have been persistently promoting the Headspace app since last term. I am now past my 110 daily streaks on it! The benefits have been highly profound, and can also be for you. It is free (otherwise costing £84), and is a great life-saver in terms of reducing your stress, and enhancing your time at university. To help keep you updated on UCSU and my own activity more frequently, I have been writing my ‘Officer’s Log’ on the UCSU website. It includes information about my current campaigns, those of my UCSU and UoC colleagues, as well as exciting updates of recent events. I’m really pleased to announce that the Hearing Loops across UoC campuses have now all been installed, and the installation of more is being considered. Me, Olivia Frame (Disabled Students Panel Rep) and Caroline Briggs (Assistive Technologist at Lancaster campus) are to create a student survey to get results and insight from the student body for what are the highest demands and requirements for support for students with mental and/or physical disabilities. I will also be working with Dave Wilson (Psychological Wellbeing Manager) and Jo Smith (Disability Manager) to plan future interactive awareness raising seminars for you all, to learn and discuss more about the challenges that student members with disabilities experience, as well as idea-generation for making their lives better. It is with humility and gladness to report to you that I have been re-elected in this year’s election. Having already had the chance to meet and get to know the other two incoming Officers (Anna Fletcher for Academic Officer and Hannah Laura Price for Community & Partnership Officer), I am very much looking forward to working with two such intelligent, committed and brilliant individuals, for next year’s Officer Team!


Find me on: Email – Facebook – Theresa Pellegrino Twitter - @AcademicOfficer

Hi there! While you are reading this, I will be at NUS Conference 2017 in Brighton; voting on nationwide student issues. Since the last issue of the Squealer, I have been busy with; Colour Run, handing out the final surprise awards to Course Reps, announcing Winners for the Success Awards, helping students with various course issues, giving Officer Feedback at our Annual General Meeting (AGM), and writing reports for various meetings! I have also been part of the Deputy Vice Chancellor selection process, which has been very interesting! I have been keeping busy, however, I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of my term as Academic Officer; sometimes it felt like it would never end and now it’s nearly done, I am going to miss you all so much! It has been wonderful to meet so many new students; from training Student Academic Reps to giving student life talks, to brand new starters, to those we handed out candy canes to over Christmas, to the regular bunch who I see often just to catch up with. It has also been wonderful to meet some fantastic members of UoC staff, and the UCSU staff have been a fabulous team too. Make sure you call on them when you need support or advice!! To end off … A massive Welcome to our new Officer team, Anna, Hannah and Rowan for 17/18! Congratulations on winning the elections this year and good luck in your term as Officers for UCSU! And a fond farewell to all the UoC staff, UCSU Staff and all of you; the students who make this job worthwhile and wonderful!! I will miss you, I will miss this job but I wish you good luck for the future! Onwards and upwards to brighter things.


News Bites The Squealer | News Bites

In celebration of UoC’s 10-year anniversary, UoC are offering rewards for recommending the University of Cumbria to your friends and family. The UoC team could give you and your friend both £250 worth of Amazon vouchers for following you to UoC! Think of it as their way of saying thanks for spreading the word.

Are you from Carlisle? Will you be under 25 on 1st October 2017? You could be eligible for a Carlisle Educational Charity Grant to assist with your studies. Find out more by visiting

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The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) and the UK Engagement Survey (UKES) continue until 16 June. If you are eligible for either of these surveys you will have received an invitation email. If you have started either of the surveys but not had time to finish, don’t worry – you can pick up from where you left off and submit at any point up to the closing date. If you have lost the original email please contact

From the start of May across the North West campuses there will be food collection boxes in each of the SU offices. Before you leave university to go home, you can drop off any leftover food which is suitable for a food bank at these donation points and we will distribute it to food banks local to your campus.


Four new water fountains have been installed across the North West campuses which can be found at the following locations: Fusehill Street - Bowscale building Brampton Road - Outside the SU office Ambleside - Charlotte Mason building Lancaster - Alexandra Building There will be another two installed at Lancaster- in the Gateway Building and in the new building.

Graduating this summer? Graduation hoodies are available on the UCSU website. Order your graduation hoodie now at and collect it when you graduate.


The Squealer | Ambleside

Biodiversity on the Ambleside Campus Nature is close to the hearts of many of us. In Ambleside, nestling between high fells and Windermere, it’s hard not to get inspired by the natural world. Our campus has some fantastic green space, and voices from across the campus have been suggesting ways of boosting biodiversity here. With so many students being trained in conservation, outdoors and environment based courses at Ambleside, it’s hardly surprising people are excited at putting their training into practise so close to home. In the last few months, a group of us have been putting our heads together, pooling ideas, to come up with a biodiversity management plan. We’ve collaborated with experts

and conservation groups, and written a plan that we find exciting. We’ve got schemes including introducing areas of wildflowers, packing existing borders and flowerbeds with nectar providing plants for butterflies, fitting a wide range of nest boxes for bats and birds, setting up a communal scheme gardening for food, and managing as much of the green spaces as we can to make the campus a home for nature. Our next step is to finalise the plan before starting to conduct baseline surveys, so that we can quantify the change in species’ populations after our plan is achieved.

Photograph credit: James Barclay, 2016


Maybe it’s just that we are all getting excited about spring finally being here, but after a lot of hard preparation, and a lot of hard work about to start, it feels like the campus is about to burst into life. If you are interested in getting involved with us, either by carrying out surveys, installing boxes or working to help achieve our aims, then please like our Facebook group and page. This project is a collaboration and we couldn’t be more pleased to hear new ideas or improvements.

Ambleside Conservation Society: groups/1498300347122054 UoC: Biodiversity on Campus: UoCBioCampus You can read more about the Ambleside Conservation Society on page 14. Written by Alex Briggs


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2017 The Graphic Design and Illustration students of the Brampton Road campus would like to present for your delectation and delight - ‘Funhouse 2017’. Our summer show, our final exhibition. The show will be held in our studio, which is housed within the institute of the arts. The space we have called our home for the last three years. This is our send off, our last hurrah; our mic drop moment. The Funhouse 2017 concept came from the idea of this being a huge and wonderful celebration of our time, we are in the Big Top tent, the main attraction; the ring masters of the circus. The Grillust class of 2017 and we are here to wow, surprise and dazzle you with what we have achieved at the University of Cumbria, the fun and the success we’ve had in journeys as students. This is the launch of the next chapters in our lives, going to industry and exploring what’s next.

This is what you will experience when you all come to see the show (open 5th-9th June). The exhibition presents for public viewing a culmination of our work, our favourite pieces, our most engaging pieces, our best foot forward. The studio will be awash with illustration, editorial design, animation, branding design, posters, art direction, typography, photography, graphic arts, motion graphics, packaging design, traditional printing, pattern design, web and app design and much much more. To keep up to date with what we are up to in the lead up to the show follow us on our socials or the webpage. We look forward to seeing you all there in June! Written by Chloe Farsi

 Grillust Funhouse 2017  @grillustfunhouse2017  funhouse2017 #funhouse2017 9

Photograph credit: Rowan Cooper-Gritten

RNLI Fundraising by the Forensic Bio-Zoologist Team! As part of their Foundation Year (Level 3), a team of students had to plan a Charity or Social Enterprise event. The ‘Forensic Bio-Zoologists’ team decided to fundraise for the RNLI Shannon Life Boat Appeal, due to the heroic service the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) provided during the recent Cumbria floods in 2015/16. This particular student team was made up of a mixture of courses, which included: Karena Duffy and Carol Evans (from Forensic Science), Jane Butt, Paige Mathers and Phoebe White (from Zoology) and MarieClaire Pennington (from Biology). The team held a couple of different activities to raise funds; a ‘Quizeoke’ in Calva Bar on the 20th March, and then a cake sale a week later. They raised a brilliant total of £262 which was presented to the RNLI at the beginning of April! 10

Volunteering e n i l a m m E g n i c u d o Intr

Some of you may be aware that our wonderful Volunteering Facilitator Kati Brown has taken a sabbatical year and I’m sure you’ll join us wishing her happy travels! However, volunteering is being left in the very capable hands of Emmaline Turley! Some of you may already know Emmaline as she has been the Student Engagement Assistant in Lancaster throughout 2016/17. Emmaline will continue to be based in 11

Lancaster but will be taking on the role of Volunteering Facilitator in Kati’s absence. If you have any questions regarding volunteering over the next year then Emmaline will be the one to talk to! Visit to sign up to the volunteering platform and view available opportunities, or email with any queries.

The Squealer | Focus on Volunteering

Fundraising for Tanzania Written by Lauren Bruntnell, Lisa Smythe and Rukhsar Younas

We are studying Adult nursing and have nearly finished our second year of nursing. All nursing students are given the chance to experience something different to the placements we are given at university in a two week period called the enrichment period. This can include placements in different trusts and in different specialities. For our enrichment we decided to go to a hospital in the Tanzanian town of Arusha where we would be supporting the staff care for patients there in the emergency and gynaecology departments. We also understood that Tanzania is home to a number of orphanages which is why we made it part of our trip to visit one. We decided to do what we could to also help the hospital and the orphanage by collecting some basic supplies we could take for them. For this voluntary trip we started fundraising. Fundraising while being a student nurse isn’t easy. We almost always had at least one assignment due and/or full time placement hours but here is what we achieved in between. Our first fundraising idea was to have a raffle. We started to contact local businesses in and around Cumbria to see if they would be willing to donate a prize towards our raffle. From this we received vouchers from Rarity Hair and Beauty, a Cath Kidston tea set from Ashbridge and Brown, a hamper from The Village Shop, a selection of goodies from Ye Olde Chocolate Shop in Keswick and also a range of gifts donated by individuals themselves! We used social media to advertise our raffle and thank all that supported us. The raffle was drawn at Christmas and we hope everyone enjoyed their prizes.

We are hoping to visit them on our return to tell them all about how their fundraising helped those in Tanzania and share all of the experiences we will have had. We are hoping they have been able to learn from our trip and now have more of an understanding of Tanzanian culture and life and a sense of pride for helping us. Lastly we decided to stay on the theme of trying to help the local community with our foreign project. We contacted the head of fundraising at the Eden Valley Hospice in Carlisle. We had an idea to organise a fancy dress fun run that would raise money for the Hospice as well as our volunteering in a 50-50 split. The hospice where very supportive of this idea and did their best to help us make this idea a reality, helping us with risk assessments, volunteers and the ins and outs of organising this kind of event. The race was organised and ready to go ahead but unfortunately this event had to be cancelled because of the lack of participants. Although this fundraiser did not take place I have added it here because with a bit more forward planning and a little more time to promote the run I believe it would have been a success. We would still like to help fundraise with The Eden Valley Hospice in the future as they do amazing work and offered us so much help throughout the organising of the event. On top of these Fundraisers we were also very generously awarded funds from the Eleanor Peel fund for which we are very grateful. They help many people raise the funds to do amazing voluntary work and we would like to thank them. We started our journey to Tanzania on Saturday the 25th of February. We thank everyone who supported us and helped us make this a reality.

Our second fundraising effort took place in the Calva bar on the Fusehill Street campus who generously offered to let us have the venue for a night free of charge to host a quiz night followed by karaoke! The event was a success and great fun for everyone involved. Prizes were awarded to the winning quiz team and the team we believed to have the best team name. The following Karaoke lasted until the closing of the Calva bar. To raise funds from this event we introduced a small fee for entry. A name the bear competition also took place and plenty of cakes were sold to help towards our cause. During our fundraising we also thought of how we could help the local community even with a voluntary work placement 7000 miles away. I contacted my old primary school to see if they would like to get involved. They were more than happy to help us out and let us talk to the children of the school council to see if they liked the idea. On meeting the children in the school council we talked to them about Tanzania and what it is like to live there. They were full of curiosity about the different country and did not hesitate at all to offer us help when we explained why we wanted to go over to the country to help the people over there. They took it upon themselves to raise us some money at a Valentine’s Day disco. We promised the children that we would keep them updated throughout the trip, sending them pictures of their mascot for the trip, Paddington Bear (who they all helped name), on the adventure. The school are offering us a little school uniform for Paddington to wear and he will be given to the Orphanage in Tanzania from the generous children at Brook Street.


Groups Charity Netball Tournament On the 18th January, the netball team arranged a charity tournament to raise money for the British Heart Foundation which is a charity that is important to many members of the team. We were able to raise an amazing £118 from our brilliant supportive spectators and members of the tournament. Within the tournament we had netball’s first and second team, rugby girls, football boys, basketball girls and boys and the women’s hockey team all involved. The tournament ran across a three-hour period where each team played each other along with the pleasure of having a great performance from the Pom/Cheer society. The results were: 1st place: Football Boys 2nd place: Netball firsts 3rd place: Basketball boys and girls The football lads received a free bottle of vodka with a free booth from our sponsors – Dalton Rooms (Glow Rooms). Each team also chose a player’s player which was given to Harry Bolton of the Football team who received a privilege card from Dalton Rooms which allows him free entry all year round. We would like to thank everyone who participated within our charity event and contributed towards the British Heart Foundation along with Dalton rooms with their prizes – it was a terrific turn out! Thanks again, Captains – Ashlea Atkinson, Annabel Scott, Georgie Gilbey and Jess Davies Social sec – Courtney Mallinson Image: (Back – Sarah Taylor, Suzie Martin, Alex Cummings, Eleanor Sudgen, Ashlea Atkinson Front- Georgie Gilbey, Grace Molloy, Annabel Scott, Courtney Mallinson and Jess Davies).

Red Nose Day


Comic Relief funds life changing projects in the UK and Africa. This includes more than 2,000 projects throughout the country, addressing a range of issues, from homelessness and mental health to dementia and vulnerable young people. This year Red Nose Day took place on Friday 24th March. Working together individuals, groups, teams and UoC RAG raised over £300 for this amazing cause.

With all the great goings on, the highlight of the day came at lunch when SU officer Bethany wore her food rather than tucking into it. Just outside the Gateway Lancaster Bethany popped on her shower cap and RND deely boppers, hopped into a paddling pool and let students pour tins (or a bucket in Alice’s case) of beans over her! For a donation of course. Thank you Bethany!

UCSU Women’s Rugby kicked off the day early starting their 10 hour sponsored bike ride; wearing their pyjamas the girls did an awesome job at keeping up laughs and donations by riding and dancing their way throughout the day. Another team to get themselves involved was the Men’s Badminton team who shook their buckets across campus (and all the way to Mill Hall!) encouraging students and staff to donate. It was great to see groups getting involved too! The Inclusion Society’s lovely members manned a ‘decorate your own nose’ stall. The Disney Society held an imaginative and fun Disney scavenger hunt on campus featuring the SU staff.

I’d like to say a big thank you to the teams, the groups and all of the individuals who got involved; from wearing your pyjamas, beans or throwing your change into a bucket it is all for an important cause. Supporting days like this is just a small part of what the Raising and Giving Society do. Being Vice Chair at Lancaster this year has been great! I would encourage everyone at UoC to join RAG - you help support incredible causes and it’s FUN! Written by Shelby Mercer, Vice-Chair of RAG for Lancaster Campus

The Squealer | Focus on Student Groups

Ambleside Conservation Society Update The society has now been running for about one and a half years now with a new committee about to take over the reins in running the group. Our main aims when we set up the group was to provide a platform on which we could run and present academic talks, practical work parties with local conservation groups and social events. Looking back at the end of this academic year, I feel that we have achieved what we set out to do at the beginning.

Photograph credit: Ian Convery

Photograph credit: Sam Poultney

We have created a unique relationship with the Ambleside Natural History Society (ANHS) who also organise talks. We collaborate with them to deliver interesting talks on a variety of subjects for both students and the general public within their and our own meetings. The range of talk subjects, for example included ocean plastics pollution by Kate Rawles and Lucy Deans, flood attenuation by John Gorst from United Utilities, Freshwater Pearl Mussels from Ceri Gibson from the FBA and a wide variety of subjects from the ANHS events. I hope this special community of like-minded groups continues well into the future. Getting involved with various work parties was the second most important aim of the society. It was only this semester that we started to organise practical work for members. We have already worked with the National Trust, West Cumbria Rivers Trust and the Cumbria Wildlife Trust getting involved with laurel and rhododendron removal and riverine tree planting. If more people want to get involved, we have a range of contacts for volunteering work over the summer. We would have liked to organise and run more of these activities, but our campus management plan will keep the society busy for the near future. Follow our progress at: (and see more on page 7). I would like to thank the current and previous committee members for their commitment; but especially to Alex Briggs and Lizzy Wood for their unhindered support by working with me on the first committee to get it up and running formally. If these people and others didn’t step forward when they did, there would be no conservation society. So again, thank you. Make sure to check out the Ambleside Natural History Society talks and events on their newly recreated Facebook page at: https://www. Good luck to the new committee for next year. Written by Sam Poultney, President (2015-2017)

Photograph credit: Sam Poultney




Because this is our final edition of the year, we wanted to take the opportunity to share some of our UCSU successes with you from the last year…


S stay aART step ahead WWW.UCSU.ME

STUDENT SUPPORT In 2016-17 the team have so far supported 102 new cases or enquiries with things like academic appeals and malpractice panels. UCSU now have an online booking system so that students can book telephone appointments with caseworkers at their own convenience. We speak to 4 out of 5 students within 24 hours of them booking an appointment 100% of students were provided with an appointment with a caseworker within 2 working days

In 2016-17 this is what students said about the support team: - 98% of students said that using the UCSU Student Support Service was valuable or extremely valuable - 70% reporting it was extremely valuable - 100% said they would recommend the UCSU Student Support service to other students - 97% of student s accessing the Student Support service said that UCSU Student contributed positively to their time at the University of Cumbria

STUDENT VOICE Part of the work that UCSU does involves making sure that there is effective student representation across all campuses. This means that you get your voice heard by UCSU and the University on everything from course issues to campus-based problems. Here are some of the achievements over the last year: New online Ideas platform launched • 462 reps on roll to speak out about academic issues across all courses • 32% of Student Academic Reps trained face-to-face across all campuses • New handbook developed for student guidance on the rep role • Smart Thinker Awards introduced to reward reps for good practice


• Dedicated Student Voice page added to the Squealer to raise profile of work done by student representatives and Officers • The Panel have acted on and seen results from six of the ideas submitted through the online platform and are currently working on 12. • UCSU Officers have been representing, lobbying and negotiating on behalf of students, spending nearly 5,500 hours working to benefit our members.

The Squealer | UCSU Successes

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UCSU has, in partnership with the University, secured various changes to help support the student experience including: • Additional public water fountains at the larger Campuses • Extended opening hours for the London library • Mobile charging points deployed within the Lancaster and Fusehill Street libraries • Improved prayer room provision across all campuses • Increased time allotted to student sports training within Lancaster Sports Centre • 90 organisations are now registered on the online volunteering platform. • £3500 awarded from the Eleanor Peel Trust Fund towards volunteering overseas projects so far • UCSU was represented at each of the graduation ceremonies, and the vice-chancellor’s inauguration. • There are 700 group members across Carlisle, Lancaster and Ambleside • There are 302 volunteer group leaders. • UCSU has been shortlisted for the Students’ Union of the Year at the Educate North & UK Leadership Awards for the second year running

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The Squealer | British Powerlifting

Final Deadlift – 200kg

What is Power Lifting? Powerlifting is an intense and exciting growing sport representing the ultimate test of physical and physiological strength. The athletes challenge themselves by lifting the maximum weight possible over three lifts; the Squat, Bench press, and Deadlift. The accumulated total of these three lifts gives the overall “Total”. On the 25th March I went to compete in the British University Power Lifting Championships in Northampton. The format of the competition (meet) is three attempts per lift, starting with squat, then bench press, then finishing on deadlift, so nine lifts in total. All competitors are split into weight categories. • Women: 47kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 72kg, 84kg, 84kg+ • Men: 59kg, 66kg, 74kg, 83kg, 93kg, 105kg, 120kg, 120kg+

End of the day photo with Conor, my roommate from 1st year who came to support me (shout at me).

Making the weight If you do not make your weight, you cannot compete. I sit around 77kg most of the time so I had to “cut” my weight down to at least 74kg, so that I am at the top end of my category. I did what is known as a water cut. This involves consuming excess amounts of water every day running up to the competition so your body enters a state of over hydration. Then the evening before the competition you stop drinking completely until your weigh in the next day. Your body, accustomed to the water intake, keeps on dehydrating and thus you keep losing water. I was drinking 4-6L of water a day, then I stopped drinking at 6pm, for my weigh-in at 2pm the next day. I was still a little worried about making my weight, so I also didn’t eat any carbs the day before, and went to the sauna that evening, 15 minutes in, get out and towel off the sweat, then back in the sauna for another 15 minutes, towel of the sweat again. I didn’t eat anything until post weigh-in, which ended up at 3.30pm, I weighed 72.3kg. Safe to say I was very hungry!! Making the weight is stressful, constantly needing the loo, waking up through the night to use the toilet but also having a dry mouth from the dehydration. I wouldn’t recommend doing this often, especially with a dissertation!

Competition Your first lift attempts should be a weight that challenges you, yet you are confident with. Starting with a higher weight risks failing the lift and adding extra fatigue. There are several ways to fail each lift, and there are three judges watching you, each representing a light. The main judge will give you commands (“Rack, Press”) and if you do not follow the commands, you will get a red light; 2/3 red lights and you fail the lift. I started at 150kg for Squat, 120kg for Bench, and 180kg for Deadlift. I managed all 9/9 lifts and finished on a Personal Best (PB) of 170kg Squat, 130kg Bench and 200kg Deadlift. That gave me a 500kg total, which put me overall in 14th place out of 43 (74kg category), I had the 2nd best Bench press in my category. I would like to thank the UoC for providing me with financial support so that I could compete, it was very fun but an exhausting day! If I had more time at the UoC, I would definitely start a powerlifting club and try and get some funding for a gym on the Ambleside campus! Written by Dan Haslam

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ZO OLO GY The Squealer | The Gambia


On the 28th February at 10:30pm, the Zoology bunch, including myself accompanied by our two lecturers Roy Armstrong and Mic Mayhew, endured the beginning of our long journey to The Gambia! It all started with a bus ride down to London Gatwick airport from Fusehill Street campus to catch our 8:30am flight on the 29th. We arrived at London Gatwick at 4:30am on the 29th, giving us a 4 hour interval until we could board the plane. The excitement really started to set in for all of us. This was the first time that anyone one of us got to go to The Gambia, but also it was a few people’s first time on a plane! Before we knew it, it was time to board the plane ready for a 6 hour flight and then we would be arriving in The Gambia! The first thing I remember when stepping off the plane was the heat that hit us straight in the face! It was 35 degrees when we landed and it was safe to say that none of us were prepared for it. Once we collected our luggage, Roy guided us towards our transportation to take us to the hotel where we finally were introduced to a very good friend of Roy’s and who was accompanying us throughout our duration, Aboo. The bus was amazing! All of our luggage ended up on the roof top of the bus all strapped in whilst we all took a seat. I couldn’t believe my eyes knowing that our suitcases where just on the top of the bus! Half an hour later, we arrived at our hotel, The Lemon Creek Resort and what a beautiful hotel is was. It was situated right on the doorstep of the beach and just a 10 minute drive from the main strip in town. After we got settled into our rooms and unpacked, Roy took us for a stroll along the beach where we came across local people, feral dogs and plenty of various species such as Jellyfish and a Ghost Crab!

Written and Photographs by Laura Parker, 2nd Year BSc Zoology 19

Our official first day in The Gambia was spent by the pool, soaking up the sun and relaxing until 4pm where we travelled to Pirang forest to set up some camera traps to see what kind of species could be recorded for population analysis. In the duration of our first of two weeks there, we went to some amazing locations! We visited Abuko Nature Reserve where we could get close to Hyenas, Green and Red Colobus Monkeys, Baboons, Hooded Vultures and plenty more Gambian birds! This was an interesting visit to see how different the enclosures are in keeping these animals in regards to how we do over here in the UK. We witnessed Gambian Fisheries and markets and I think it was safe to say this was the most incredible experience I have seen and was fortunate enough to just be there present to observe how it is all done. Tanji fishery had the most activity in regards of catching and bringing fish onto the beach. There were rows and rows of boats docked by the beach with hundreds of locals bringing various species of fish such as Barracuda, Ladyfish, Bream and Stingrays, right up to the occasional Shark! It was such an eye opening turn of events. We also relocated for a couple of days to Georgetown to experience other reserve parks and environments. On the 3 hour boat journey to our hotel, we were delighted to have had the company of Hippos in the far distance! I mean wow! En-route there was also more Red Colobus Monkeys, Chimpanzees, various Kingfisher and Heron species in the forests either side of the river. We arrived at the first hotel, we got settled into the first location and before we knew it in the morning, we were back on the go and off to the second location! The second place we stayed in was by far one of the best in regards to the wildlife we witnessed! It was Tom’s 22nd birthday and this was spent by being on a boat, travelling down

one of the rivers, again seeing dozens of Gambian bird species. But the best part of all was the journey back to shore, where all of a sudden out of nowhere, a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins accompanied our journey back to the dock, I mean how incredible is that?! What a way to spend a birthday out in The Gambia for Tom. It was that much of a breath-taking moment that half of us were in tears! We were informed that not even some of the locals have seen them before. So this made the experience, all more special. The other projects involved Crocodiles, Civets, Monkeys and Ants! On our final night, we needed to come together in our project teams and present what our research concluded, what was involved in finding those results and our purpose for doing so. This counted towards our mark for our Zoological Qualificatory module. This fortunately ended in a massive success as we all passed, so how did we celebrate this? With food and drinks of course! And what a pleasurable and wonderful final night it was after having such an unforgettable two weeks away. We can now come away with so much more knowledge and understanding of not only the wildlife, but how different the culture is. As already mentioned, I wish I could write every detail of this trip because there was so much we did that I would love to share! But, how very quick did time creep up on as and sooner rather than later, our time in The Gambia had sadly come to an end! It was time to pack our suitcases and head back off to the airport to come home on March 15th. The Gambia was an absolutely incredible experience and a fantastic opportunity for us all and we couldn’t have done it without the help of Roy Armstrong and Mic Mayhew for making all of this happen! Despite all the ups and downs that we have had in the process of organising this trip on such a short notice, a massive thank you from the Zoology team still would not be enough!



The sixth annual UCSU Success Awards took place on 30th March 2017 at the Shap Wells Hotel, near Penrith. A formal reception and three course dinner was served before the awards ceremony. Awards were made to staff and students from across each of the main University of Cumbria sites; Brampton Road and Fusehill Street in Carlisle, Ambleside, Lancaster and London.

A highlight of the academic year, the event was attended by over 120 students, staff, friends and guests of the University. The Success Awards aim to celebrate the successes and achievements of the students and staff that make the University of Cumbria community such a special place to learn and work.

Representative of the Year: Samuel Poultney “It’s such a cliché but I’m in shock. I didn’t aim to get recognition for the work I have done. The main aim was to get other people involved and passionate about their environment and its conservation. Thanks to the other committee members for their continued and unfailing help and support.”

The Awards were presented by UCSU’s elected full time officers – Bethany Cutter (Community & Partnership Officer), Theresa Pellegrino (Academic Officer) and Rowan CooperGritten (Welfare & Support Officer). University of Cumbria Vice-Chancellor Julie Mennell also made an introductory speech to the awards.

Most Creative Teaching Award: Nicola Kitchen “Thank you. The best part of my job is you, the students. Tutors, like teachers and children can only be creative when they feel safe. Thank you for making me feel safe enough to take some risks.”

Out of Sight Award: Kim Green “Pleased I have been recognised for everything I do and provide.”

Research Project of the Year: Neil Thomas “I’m in the final year of my PhD, so in the closing stages. We’ve just finished data collection so we’ve done four studies in total. This award is for the first project, the first experiment of the project, and it’ been very interesting. Very taxing but good, worth it.”


Special Award: Martin Dodd “I was delighted to hear I’d been recognised after what has been a decade of involvement of some kind with UCSU. Please let it be noted I’m ever grateful to the opportunities UCSU gave me and UoC in fact, I literally wouldn’t be where I am without them. At the same time I’m glad what I could give back over that time as officer and more recently Trustee, am thankful to everyone else that has been apart of that time and pleased to see the Union in as good a position as I’ve ever seen it. I’m sure it will go from strength to strength going forward...”

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Community Award: Carlisle Reception Team “Delighted to be appreciated and to win this award.”

Student Group Member of the Year: Karishma Asher “This year I hoped to open up the Society to students with an interest in literature regardless of their course; being nominated and winning the award (hopefully!) means everyone involved enjoyed our events as much as I enjoyed organising them. None of this would have been possible without the rest of the English Society’s admin team, or without the support of the English department and the SU - thank you!”

Joint Student of the Year: Alison Field and Tracy Appiah “Thank you so much for the nomination and support I’ve had at uni, and long may it continue.” - Alison

Lecturer of the Year: Dr Grace Hurford “Thrilled and delighted – pleasure and a privilege to work with our students.”

“I am overwhelmed with joy! It is an amazing feeling to be the winner of the student of the year award. The award signifies all my hard work, energy and commitment to my passion and determination of becoming a primary teacher. It also highlights the impact I make on people in general. I am very grateful! It has been a long journey and I am so glad that it has been a blessed and successful one!” - Tracy

Student Support Staff Award: Finn H Drude “It means the world to me, this is the greatest honour I could receive from the students.”

Volunteer of the Year: Ross Taylor “[It] means so much that it proves hard work does pay off. [It] shows that being a student is more than just learning”.



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Ingredients 1 onion (diced) 1 carrot (chopped) 1 courgette (chopped) Handful of frozen peas Any other vegetables you fancy… (green beans, peppers, sweetcorn, garlic etc) 1 vegetable stock cube (dissolved in a litre of hot water) Risotto/Arborio rice Tomato puree Cheese (grated) Mixed herbs (to taste)

Method • Chop up all your vegetables into small pieces and put your stock cube in a jug of boiling water. • Fry onion until softened then fry other veg for 2-3 minutes. • Add rice (quantity depends on number you are cooking for. Be guided by the recommended portion sizes on the packet) and fry until rice looks less opaque. • Add some of the stock mix and simmer, stirring frequently. • Gradually keep adding more stock mix and stirring. Add additional water if necessary. • Once rice is almost done (taste to check) add some tomato puree. You could also add a can of chopped tomatoes if you wish it to be more tomato-ey. • Add mixed herbs (to taste) and some cheese. Keep stirring so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. • Once rice is cooked and sauce has thickened serve with additional cheese on top. This is a very non-prescriptive recipe as many of the ingredients are based on personal preference or what you have in your cupboards! It’s also easy to add meat (I recommend chicken) if you want to. It can be difficult to get the quantities right but leftovers can be frozen. When at a loss at what to cook I come back to risotto again and again, especially if I feel like I need to increase my vegetable intake. Enjoy! Contributed by Nicola Haydon, UCSU Communications and Marketing Co-ordinator


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Insta-UCSU Our favourite photos from round campus this term! Want to see your photo featured on this page? Tag @cumbria_su on Instagram

@idgegoode - Sometimes a snooze

is required, especially if it’s World Sleep Day! Make sure you take a break!


@matthew1994_ - Aye it’s not a bad place to chill


@lauramichelleparker - Bottlenose


@joshuahammond1 - My Final Show

@joey.jmac - Dog in the lake this

@lord_waddell - What a morning!


dolphins (tursiops) #TheGambia!

Ever at the University!!!

morning. Fieldwork for forest health.

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Friday 28th April – Groups Awards 2017 North Carlisle Rugby Club, tickets available online

Friday 29th April – Groups Awards 2017 South

Monday 15th May – Cumbria Midwifery Society Hypnobirthing Session and Q&A with Janet Naylor

9:30-12:30, AXB006, Lancaster. This session is only for cohorts 2014, 2015 & 2016

Wednesday 17th – Thursday 18th May – Patagonia Worn Wear 9:30-5:30, Low Nook Building, Ambleside

Wednesday 24th May – Film Club: Socialisation

18:00-21:00, Lancaster Campus. Book on the UoC website.

Thursday 25th May – Saturday 27th May – Rollercoaster Various times, Brampton Road

For more information and to stay up to date with all our latest events visit

The View, Lancaster, tickets available online

Thursday 25th May – Saturday 27th May – Vixen Various times, Brampton Road

Monday 5th – Friday 9th June – The Degree Show 2017 Vallum Gallery, Brampton Road





The Squealer | ISSUE 9  

The final edition of The Squealer 2016/17 focusing on Success.

The Squealer | ISSUE 9  

The final edition of The Squealer 2016/17 focusing on Success.