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Annual Review

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Foreword—Chair of the University Board


Introduction—Vice Chancellor


Student body profile


Student achievements


Quality and standards


Access and widening participation


15 International 16

Wider community




Research and enterprise


Staff profile


Professorial appointment


Staff achievements


Honorary fellowships


28 Estates 30

Financial summary


Governance and management



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Contact the Vice Chancellor’s Office on 01228 616056. 2011/12 Annual Review


Foreword Stephen Henwood Chair of the University Board 2011/12 was another significant year for the University of

The university recognises that there will be both opportunities and

Cumbria. It marked a year when an updated corporate strategy

challenges arising from these changes and will look to develop its

was approved and in which the university again performed

strong reputation and areas of niche provision across the HEFCE,

strongly, achieving very strong recruitment, another strong financial

TA and NHS portfolio, seeking to capitalise upon its potential.

surplus and improved results in the National Student Survey. In the year ahead the university will be undertaking a detailed

The achievements in 2011/12, building as they do on those of the previous year, provide a strong platform on which the university will look to build in the coming years in a challenging and changing market place.

review of the implications of the changing external landscape for its strategy and future direction. The changed financial and policy landscape will necessitate even more focus on income diversification and cost reduction to ensure the university has a sustainable business model which enables it to deliver its mission and vision. The University Board has therefore, in its plans and risk assessments, made prudent planning assumptions including financial planning. It is also supporting strategic investments in business-critical areas, including key academic areas such as

The new vice chancellor, Professor Peter Strike, oversaw the

business and sustainable engineering, as well as in marketing

process to refresh the corporate strategy, and produce an

and recruitment and enhancing the international office. The

associated business annual operating plan which reflected the

development and implementation of a new estates investment

continuing significant developments and changes facing the

programme has been a key priority in 2011/12, working towards the

higher education sector. These included:

improvement of the quality and utilisation of the estate in support

• the introduction of the new fee regime

of enhancing the student experience and improving sustainability.

• changes to the student number controls • the move towards a liberalisation of the student market with

The university and University of Cumbria Students’ Union (UCSU)

the introduction of “Core Plus Margin”

work closely in partnership to develop the student experience for

• the movement of students achieving AAB+ from the core

all our students. This year saw the University Board and UCSU

HEFCE student contract to the “free market”

launch an initiative aimed at strengthening further this important

• the introduction of the School Direct policy in teacher education.

partnership by signing a relationship agreement, one of ten recommended actions in the Committee of University Chairs’ (CUC)

The University Board, through its strategic, financial and

Good Governance Guide in support of strong governance. The

academic planning, has recognised the challenges facing the

agreement forms the basis of a strong and sustainable governance

sector—and particularly how they have directly affected the

relationship between the union and the university and reflects the

University of Cumbria. This has been characterised by increasing

continuing strong commitment to working in genuine partnership

uncertainty in the policy and funding environment, with major

with the student body. This will ensure the university remains

policy changes planned or being implemented, often with little

focused on enhancing the quality of the academic offer and the

lead time or clear guidance.

student experience and that students, rightly, given the new fee regime, are able to contribute actively to shaping and informing the

Together, these and other changes have created a new and

on-going development of the university.

unknown student recruitment market and made planning and forecasting ever more challenging. The university continued, and

The university remains committed to its mission and vision and to

will continue in 2012/13, to review the implications and address

being a strong and respected university serving the needs of its

the likely impact of these changes as the university seeks to

region and beyond.

ensure its offer is demand driven and student focused.

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2011/12 was another significant year for the University of Cumbria. It marked a year when an updated corporate strategy was approved and in which the university again performed strongly

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Introduction Professor Peter Strike Vice Chancellor Last year was another important year for the University of

The AOP has been developed through a series of senior

Cumbria—a year in which the university performed increasingly

management team (SMT) workshops and has been based on the

strongly, with some excellent financial and academic achievements.

long-term goals within the corporate strategy. This gives a number

The university successfully supported 3,335 new graduates through

of performance objectives that have been developed for each goal.

their studies and into the workplace.

The key outputs of the professional services review (PSR), as well as faculty and service plans, have also been incorporated into the

A financial surplus was delivered in 2011/12, in line with the planned budget. Recruitment for the year was strong, with targets being achieved, and applications received during the year for 2012/13 entry were also excellent.

AOP and the university now has indicative priorities contained in a

Widening participation continued to form an important focus for

the university has the foundations in place to enable us to meet these

activity and the university’s performance was noted in the Office of Fair Access monitoring report, which stated that its targets and

deliverable action plan that is consistent across all areas of activity and has been used to inform the budget planning process. The AOP offers a clear representation of how the university will take forward its corporate strategy for the year ahead, and although the HE environment continues to be ever changing, I am confident that challenges and ensure the university goes from strength to strength.

expectations continue to be achieved and exceeded.

The university’s estates plans were also reviewed and an updated

The financial plan that had been put in place provided a solid

included proposals to return to the Ambleside campus as part of

platform for investment. The focus on business-critical areas, including marketing and recruitment and enhancing the international office, showed real value in aiding competition in this very challenging market. New enterprise structures will support a significant increase in both the level and impact of the university’s enterprise activities. The development and implementation of a new estates strategy was also a priority, to support the improvement of the quality and utilisation of the estate in order to enhance the student experience and improve sustainability. Significant investment

estates investment plan was developed and approved. The plan an extensive masterplan detailing the university’s vision for the site over the next five years. Far-reaching consultation was conducted with stakeholders and the local community in order to inform the university’s plans, and this work will continue throughout each phase of the process. Essential to the university’s progress and sustainability is a strong working partnership with University of Cumbria Students’ Union. Together we strive to meet the needs of all our students and to

has also been made in IT equipment for students and staff.

this end we have together developed a new student charter.

There are still many challenges ahead, with the changes in the fee

The university’s progress over the last few years would not have

regime and the cap on student numbers, together with the major changes taking place to teacher education, but the university is well placed to meet these challenges. With a clear corporate strategy in place to build on recent success, the university aims to continue to provide quality and accessible higher education to the region, and to ensure its sustainability and success in the longer term. Working to

been possible without the continued, exceptional dedication and support of our staff, who have all resolutely maintained their commitment to the university and, despite the significant financial challenges and the major change programme we have faced, have remained focused on the core business. As a result, our students continue to deliver great achievements that build our national and

further improve the student experience will continue to be a key priority.

international reputation. With such good foundations in place, and

To ensure priorities are fully met, an annual operating plan (AOP)

will continue to thrive whilst at the same time maintaining the

has been put in place which provides a robust planning framework for the future business of the university.

working together, I am confident that the University of Cumbria student experience and the quality of our academic programmes, and continuing to meet the needs of the communities which we serve. We can look forward with genuine enthusiasm to the challenges of the years ahead.

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Last year was another important year for the University of Cumbria—a year in which the university performed increasingly strongly, with some excellent financial and academic achievements.

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Student body profile


enrolled full-time equivalent students

In 2011/12 the university enrolled 10,709 students of which 8,936 were undergraduate students and 1,773 were postgraduate or PGCE students. In total, the university had a student population which equated to 7,839.7 full-time equivalent (FTE); these were split between 6,783 FTEs of full-time students and 1,056.7 FTE of part-time students.

Proportion of students by faculty Health and Wellbeing

Arts, Business and Science







28% Undergraduate

Age distribution of students Under 18










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Postgraduate (taught and research—includes PGCE)

Enrolments by campus











Brampton Road




Brampton Road




Fusehill St


Tower Hamlets


Fusehill St


Tower Hamlets


Enrolments by gender

Origin of applicants


19% 51%


European Community


Other overseas

Other UK

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Student achievements BA Illustration graduate Amy Holliday had her talent recognised by the prestigious Computer Arts magazine. She was declared winner of the Illustration Category Excellence Award in the magazine’s 2011 Graduate Showcase. •

Emma Dovey, a final-year trainee teacher,

represented England at netball in September, on a 23-day tour of Australia and New Zealand, and also participated in the World Series, a three-day event with the top six ranked countries in the world playing a new exciting and faster version of netball called Fastnet. The English team won in the final against Australia, the first gold medal the England netball team has ever won in a major competition. •

Graphic design student Emma Slights won a

national competition that saw her design printed on Marks & Spencer Christmas cards and sold in their stores in the UK and Ireland. Tigerprint is the sole supplier of greeting products to high street giant Marks & Spencer. Their ‘Gifted?’ competition was aimed at creative students and graduates nationwide and Emma scooped top prize in the card category. The prize also included £500 in cash and a two-week placement in Tigerprint’s studio. •

Anthony Scattergood (BA (Hons) in Film and

TV Production), went to Africa to film a United Nations funded project. Anthony (20) was chosen by local consultancy and media production company, Taskscape Associates Limited, to spend over two weeks filming in northern Rwanda, interviewing farmers and project workers on their involvement in planning land use to provide income whilst protecting the natural environment. The community-based project was funded by The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialised agency of the United Nations. 10 2011/12 Annual Review

Petra Blahova, a third-year graphic design student, was announced as winner of the nationwide Letts 2011 ‘Design a Diary Competition’. Petra (23), who came to study in Carlisle from Prague, was selected from hundreds of entries.

Women taking part in the 2012 Race for Life looked even more stylish as they ran, thanks to student Claire Wood who studied BA (Hons) Illustration in Carlisle. Claire won a national competition to design a t-shirt for Cancer Research UK’s flagship 5k and 10k events held across the country during the summer.

Robert Ewin, who is studying FdSc Policing (Community Safety) at the university, was awarded ‘Special Constable of the Year 2011’ by Cumbria Constabulary. At the time he had completed over 2,000 hours in voluntary roles.

• Sarah-Jane Cherrie, wildlife and media student, was given the opportunity to be the sole photographer and film maker for the Lake District Osprey Project (LDOP), over the next three years. •

Every year around 70,000 pink-footed geese arrive from Iceland in October to winter

at the Loch Strathbeg RSPB reserve in Aberdeenshire. Cain Scrimgeour, final-year wildlife and media student, was asked to make a promotional film about the spectacle for Loch Strathbeg’s Goosewatch events. Cain’s footage of the geese was so impressive that the BBC used a clip in the opening sequence of an episode of their Autumnwatch series.

Former student and successful ceramicist Tom Hopkins-Gibson has received a major award at the Museum of Philadelphia International Craft Show, regarded as the best craft fair in the whole of the United States. Ayrshire-based Tom was one of 25 designer–makers to successfully apply to exhibit at the show along with 200 American craftspeople. Tom, who graduated from the BA (Hons) Contemporary Applied Arts course, also featured in the BBC programme ‘Britain’s Next Big Thing’.

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The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has had a number of positive visits from professional accrediting bodies this year.

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The university continues to progress against the action plans formulated in response to its most recent QAA Institutional Audit. In its Ofsted inspection of teacher education the university achieved an outcome of “good with outstanding features” and the Faculty of Education has made significant progress since then to increase this grading in the next inspection, under the new Ofsted framework. At the same time, the faculty has been addressing the outcomes of the 2011 Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) survey, and exit surveys conducted by the faculty since the national survey results are demonstrating a significant improvement.

Quality and standards The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has had a number of positive visits from professional accrediting bodies this year. MSc Medical Imaging, BSc (Hons) Nursing and Non-Medical Prescribing, at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, and its mentorship programmes were all

In the most recent Ofsted inspection of teacher education the university achieved an outcome of “good with outstanding features”

re-accredited successfully. The faculty has also undergone a number of

Collaborative work with University Hospitals

successful audit visits from the Health Care

of Morecambe Bay NHS FoundationTrust has

Professions Council for MSc Occupational

responded to areas marked for improvement in

Therapy (Pre-registration Accelerated), MSc

a recent NMC audit. This work has paid off with

Physiotherapy (Pre-registration Accelerated), BSc

a positive outcome in a follow-up visit by the

(Hons) Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Occupational

auditors in late 2011/12.

Therapy (full-time/part-time), BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Non-Medical Prescribing at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, demonstrating the faculty’s commitment to quality educational provision in healthcare.

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Widening participation (WP) sits firmly at the heart of the university’s mission and vision, and a key concern continues to be how best to address low participation in higher education in Cumbria and the other communities the university serves, as well as supporting

Widening Participation

access and widening participation for other disadvantaged groups and individuals. The university is pleased to note that early statistical evidence for 2011/12 suggests that: • The university continues to recruit over 96%

‘Early indications for 2011/12 suggest improvement, including significant progress on disability, ethnicity and mature students.’

of its young full-time, undergraduate students from state schools or colleges. The university also recognises that its • Since formation in 2007, the university has

learning community is enriched by the

seen an overall increase in the proportion of

diversity of students in terms of mode

young full-time, undergraduate entrants from

of study, gender, ethnicity, social and

low-participation neighbourhoods, with minor

geographical background, and previous

fluctuations year on year.

educational experience.

• Over one third of the university’s young full-

The university has considered

time undergraduate entrants comes from low

its performance against HESA

socioeconomic classes.

benchmarks and a range of other indicators. The University of Cumbria

• The university continues to broadly maintain

consistently performs well across

or improve its performance in relation to disability,

benchmarks for entrants from lower

gender, ethnicity and mature students. Early

socioeconomic groups and low

indications for 2011/12 suggest improvement,

participation neighbourhoods. In light of past performance, the university

including significant progress on disability, ethnicity and mature students. However, due

Since 2007, the university’s student

sets stretching targets for attracting

to unique recruitment patterns in 2011/12, the

profile has broadened to include

additional students from some other

university is keen to see these in the context of

recruitment from a wider range of

underrepresented groups with the

future performance to see if this is sustained.

schools, including increased recruitment

aim of continuing good performance.

from non WP schools. The current

Self-assessment has informed further

• In 2011/12 over 60% of the university’s

strategic plan strengthens the university’s

development on targets for the

full-time, undergraduate and postgraduate

firm commitment to accessible higher

university in future access agreements

ITT students liable for paying full fees received

education, in terms of widening

and plans for widening participation.

bursaries or scholarships as a result of meeting

participation, flexible and distributed

WP criteria.

learning, and a course portfolio which meets the needs of the wider region.

• In 2011/12 the University spent in excess of £3.1m of its additional fee income on OFFA

Recognising its regional commitment

countable expenditure (bursaries, scholarships,

and responsibilities to an area with

additional outreach etc.), with bursaries and

significant pockets of low participation

scholarships accounting for £2.8m. In addition

and low educational aspiration, the

to this the University also spent over £1.5m on

university aims to ensure as many

other WP activity to over £1.5m other spend on

people as possible benefit from

WP activity.

the transformational opportunities provided by higher education.

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International During 2011/12 the university implemented a new international

The university already has a successful venture with Robert

office structure with the appointment of a head of international

Kennedy College (RKC), which started in September 2010,

development, two international development officers, each with

with RKC offering a new MBA in Leadership and Sustainability

an overseas recruitment role, two international officers with

developed in collaboration with the university. Over 700 students

responsibility for conversion, pre-arrival, welcome week and student

from 110 countries have enrolled since the programme began.

support, and an international administrator.

The programme was shortlisted for an Insider International Trade Award in the international education category at the end of 2011.

New pre-arrival information has been developed, welcome week activities improved and a programme of social activities introduced at Lancaster and Carlisle to assist in integrating international students. New processes have also been implemented for agent recruitment. Systems, procedures and staff development have been reviewed and updated to ensure ongoing UKBA compliance. The team has travelled extensively throughout Asia and the USA to promote the university, develop new partnerships, and develop and train a network of agents to assist in recruitment. This year the university created the Centre for English Language

The programme includes a week-long residential at the

Learning and Teaching (CELLT), developed language-support

Ambleside campus, and completing students have been

provision, won a new contract with Hong Kong Institute of

enthusiastic about the experience. It is estimated that each

Education (a semester abroad for teacher trainees), and developed

residential cohort provides approximately ÂŁ15,000 income to

a new pre-sessional programme. CELLT welcomed its first visiting

local businesses.

scholar, from Xian International Studies University in China.

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Wider community Noteworthy initiatives in 2011/12 include:

• Coaching and sport development students undertook outreach with the Morecambe Ladies

• A strategic relationship agreement between the

football team, providing fitness testing for

university and the Students’ Union was drawn up

team members.

and signed. • Funding was secured to look at the use of • Applied Science students passed on their

Stilwell (the university’s virtual world learning

scientific expertise to children from eight local

environment), webcasting and other new media in

primary schools (c200 children) in a series of

supporting the community, agencies and statutory

workshops in February 2102 at Energus, West

bodies to tackle public health issues.

Cumbria. • Sports students worked with Carlisle Leisure • The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing worked

Ltd to deliver sporting projects in the area.

with local hospices developing programmes for

Second-year students were selected to deliver

staff working with patients with dementia.

Sport England “Sportivate” projects in and around Carlisle. Seven sports and exercise science students

• Four BA Physical Education students organised

were involved in a “StreetGames” pilot, a

and carried out a fundraising sports day for school

six-week youth inclusion project.

students across Carlisle in April 2012 in which 150 students from five schools participated. The event focused on increasing knowledge of healthy eating and exercise. • A successful bid was made as part of a national project with six other universities and various arts/ health-based collaborators, to investigate the connection between arts-based projects and their collective role in promoting health and wellbeing, employment prospects and economic growth.

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Sustainability All aspects of the university’s portfolio, institutional thinking and practice are informed and influenced by sustainability.

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reduction in carbon emissions from energy and fuel use

Estate The university has already achieved a 10% reduction in carbon emissions from energy and fuel use, and has in place a carbon-management plan to support its aims to achieve a 45% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020. An approved, revised environmental, energy and waste-management policy, and a new waste service contract will be implemented from December 2012 with the aim of increasing recycling rates to at least 90% by the end of 2013/14. A number of energy-saving projects have been introduced, which together save approximately 100 tonnes of carbon per year. In addition, the university will be running targeted campaigns covering energy awareness and waste reduction. The university has signed up to the EcoCampus environmental management programme with the aim of achieving the bronze level award in Autumn 2012*.


Course development

A successful transport policy, and the initiatives to encourage staff

The university is at the forefront of national activities in sustainable

to find alternative transport solutions to using their own cars, led to

engineering, working with partners on the west coast of Cumbria to

the university winning a Green Gown Award for its work in reducing

address issues of low-carbon energy generation. In 2011 the university:

carbon emissions. The plan included the instigation of a successful pool car scheme at the Carlisle campus and a negotiated deal with Virgin

• successfully recruited to its sustainable engineering degree delivered

Trains to incentivise staff to travel by rail.

in partnership with GenII at the Energus campus at Workington;

• was part of a successful bid for the formation of a University Sustainable business practices have been developed—increasingly

important in an ever more challenging HE environment. Business

• was in early negotiations with Furness College to extend the reach

planning, financial planning and performance management

of its sustainable engineering delivery to the Furness peninsula,

frameworks have been revised and augmented to ensure they serve the

working closely with the Dalton Institute to ensure a joined-up

university effectively and aid strategic decision making.

approach to delivering the west coast ambition.

* Subsequently achieved

Technical College on the West Coast;

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Research and enterprise Noteworthy initiatives in 2011/12 include:

• HE Academy funding was awarded for a project to evaluate the implementation of collaborative student–practitioner research

• An Arts Council funded arts project in Copeland explored the

partnerships as a new educational approach to research methods.

relationships between art and energy. • The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing won a competitive tender • A member of Faculty of Health and Wellbeing staff was

to deliver a staff development programme on resilience and

awarded funding from the Rosemere Trust for her research on

change with Cumbria County Council.

cancer survivorship. • Through the British Council, the university is supporting staff • The Faculty of Arts, Business and Science has a successful

at Karakoram International University, Pakistan, who are being

programme of knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP) with Carlisle

mentored by a team of staff from Cumbria to enable them to

Leisure Ltd which helped them to develop an environmentally

develop enterprise and knowledge exchange

focused, sustainable business strategy and identify savings in

strategies in their country.

energy use, while the redefining and redevelopment of the Business School has led to a Business Interaction Centre at Carlisle.

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• A joint collaboration with other universities in the North West

• The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has developed its Stilwell

on paired placements in ICT.

virtual-world learning environment for a number of external agencies, supporting continuing professional development

• Teacher Education Assessment Network (TEAN) completed

across a range of disciplines, and its six-month KTP with Cumbria

the series Teacher Education Futures across the UK with the

Constabulary has enhanced and improved the Constabulary’s

comparative results of the events held in England, Northern

occupational health service and allowed it to respond to the

Ireland, Scotland and Wales presented at the UCET conference

rapidly changing needs of the police force.

and appearing in an abridged form in Research Intelligence, a BERA news publication.

• A range of practical training courses in equality, diversity and inclusion aimed at helping employers and education providers

• The Faculty of Education, which has mentored training in Forces

understand legislation and implement best practice has been

Schools, won the licence to deliver Modular School Leadership

launched by the university.

programmes on behalf of the National College for School Leadership and was invited to host workshops and seminars and to showcase its CPD portfolio at the annual Council of British International Schools (CoBIS) conference in Prague in February 2012.

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Staff profile Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Strike took up his post on 1 August 2011, following a one-month transition with his predecessor, Interim Vice Chancellor Professor Graham Upton. During the year a number of appointments were made to key posts including Director of Finance, Director of IT and Head of International Office as well as key professorial appointments in sustainable engineering and in the Business School. In December 2011 the University of Cumbria was successfully re-accredited with the nationally recognised Investors in People (IiP) Standard, highlighting its



staff members interviewed as part of the investors in People assessment.

care for staff and business development.

The university was also awarded the additional ‘bronze award’, which focuses on leadership and management, as part of its IiP re-accreditation process.

Staff as at 31 July 2012 Total Headcount


Total FTE


More than 130 members of staff from across the university’s campuses were interviewed about their experiences of working there



Percentage (%)

FT Employees




PT Employees




















as part of the week-long assessment.

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Professorial appointment Acknowledged as one of the UK’s most inspirational communicators, Dr Barry Hymer was appointed as Professor of Psychology in Education early in 2012. Barry has been involved in education for three decades and his role at the university is sponsored by Osiris Educational, a company with whom he has worked for ten years. He will spend two years conducting research into the processes of learning—with a particular emphasis on the development of talent and expertise, his main area of specialism. Barry’s expertise in this area has led him to serve on a number of national committees and to make over 400 keynote presentations at conferences in the UK and abroad. His research findings will subsequently inform the continuing professional development (CPD) of teachers and other educationalists.

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Staff achievements Lynn Clark, strategic communications manager, was shortlisted for the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) Awards 2011 in the category of “In-house Professional of the Year”. HR Service Following the university’s shortlisting in the THES Leadership and Management Team of the Year in 2011, the HR Service was shortlisted and was runner-up in the THES HR Team of the Year in 2012.

Dr James Howard Dr James Howard began work on a project to support the development of higher education in Afghanistan. James worked as a mentor on the British Council project, advising Afghan higher education leaders to help them gain the vital management skills necessary to assist with rebuilding their country.

Susan Harness Senior Lecturer in community and public health was awarded the title ‘Queen’s Nurse’ in recognition of the contribution she has made to community nursing throughout her career

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Dr Ian Convery. Staff from every faculty at the university contributed to a book published in April 2012 entitled Making Sense of Place, which is part of the Heritage Matters series. The book’s lead editor was Dr Ian Convery and it was a collaborative project with Newcastle University’s International Centre for Culture and Heritage Studies. University contributors included Penny Bradshaw, Mark Haywood, Owen Nevin, Andrew Ramsey, Vincent O’Brien, Lois Mansfield, Andrew Weatherall and a number of PhD students.

Dr Kate Rawles celebrated the publication of her book about her 4,553 mile cycle ride from Texas to Alaska in 2006. The Carbon Cycle: Crossing the Great Divide was launched at an event hosted by the Lake District National Park at Brockhole in July 2012. Nicola Relph Nicola Relph, a lecturer in biomechanics at the university, worked with the GB diving team to provide biomechanical analysis of the top ten 10-metre platform divers on two of the most difficult dives: for male divers, the four-and-a-half somersaults, and for females the inward three-and-a-half somersaults.

Professor Mike Huggins

Robert Poole

Emeritus Professor of Cultural History, Professor Mike Huggins

Historian Robert Poole appeared on television to draw on his

completed a lecture tour in South Korea and Japan at the

knowledge to talk about the Romantic age. He was featured

invitation of the universities of Seoul, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi and

in the BBC TV series Elegance and Decadence: the Age of The

Kyoto, sharing his knowledge and research into the changing

Regency, discussing the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 with presenter

attitude to after-school sport and PE in England. Based in

Lucy Worsley.

Ambleside, Professor Huggins is internationally renowned for his research into sports, leisure and cultural history.

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Honorary fellowships Honorary fellowships are awarded on an annual basis in recognition of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the university and in support of a variety of causes linked to the work of the university. During the academic year 2011/12, twelve honorary fellowships were awarded.

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Stephen Borthwick In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the world of Rugby Union Football

Sir James Cropper In recognition of his definitive contribution to Cumbria, the local economy and its charitable causes

David Gould

Harry King

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the campaign for peace and community cohesion

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to broadcasting, the arts and the Cumbrian community

John Myers

Anne Pierson

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the radio industry

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the arts and creative writing

Helen Skelton

Professor Shirley Reveley

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to broadcasting, the Cumbrian community and her charitable work

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to nursing and the establishment of the nurse practitioner programme and service

Paul Rose

Professor Graham Upton

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the understanding of the natural world, the challenges of scientific research and his broadcasting work

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to higher education and to the University of Cumbria

Jill Ward

The late Jeffrey Fardon

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the academic development of the understanding of the social history of learning disability

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the academic development of the understanding of the social history of learning disability

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Estates The completion of a revised estates strategy in 2011 has led to an approved five-year estates investment programme (EIP). This first phase EIP, comprising three initial project types

In 2011\12 the university,

(Ambleside redevelopment, library upgrades at Carlisle and

working with the developer

Lancaster, and Lancaster new-build swing space), was specifically

Border Construction Ltd,

designed to address issues such as ‘right sizing’ the core estate,

delivered the first of two

improving the quality and providing facilities better capable of

phases (249 bed spaces) of

supporting the university’s new academic plan.

student accommodation in Carlisle.

In addition, the strategy addressed key estate performance issues specifically defined in the HEFCE Capital Investment Framework

This accommodation, anticipated to be award

2 process, with a view to returning to estate sector norms by

winning for its environmental credentials, is fully


occupied. The university is working with the developer to review the potential for a

An estates investment programme board (EIPB) was created

further, second phase (249 bed spaces)

to oversee the development and implementation of individual

of accommodation.

projects forming the development programme through specific project boards (PB). Projects include the preparation of an Ambleside business case proposal around the university’s return to the central Lake District campus and the completion of the move there of many of the Penrith-based students by 2014. EIPB has also approved the funding for the first stage of the briefing process for the library improvement Carlisle and Lancaster.

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The university has again performed strongly against its budget forecast in 2011/12.

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Financial summary The university’s financial results for 2011/12 demonstrate its ability to successfully respond to changes in funding, policy and the wider external environment in order to continue to invest in its resources and students as it delivers its vision. The university has again performed strongly against its budget forecast in 2011/12. Despite a decrease in income from 2010/11 following the divestment of further education provision, the university has been able to report an increased operating surplus before exceptional items of £7.6m (9.7% of turnover). This has enabled investment of £3.1m in its infrastructure, more than

Investment of £3.1m in infrastructure such as key IT assets and systems

doubling the level of prior year expenditure on the key IT assets and systems that are so crucial to the experience of students and staff. 2012 £m

2011 £m




Expenditure including taxation



Operating surplus



Exceptional item: Impairment of Newton Rigg assets



Exceptional item: Restructuring



Exceptional item: Profit on sale of fixed assets



Surplus / (deficit) for the year


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This is the second successive year that the university has reported a strong surplus. This reflects both the decisive action that was taken in previous years to control costs and to strategically realign its focus onto higher education and the continued efforts to increase revenues and to ensure value for money is delivered. As the sector continues to face a period of unprecedented change, this experience of prudent financial planning will be crucial. Like other institutions, the university faces both challenges and opportunities from continued changes in government policy, in particular in those related to tuition fees and the delivery model for teacher training. The university approaches these issues with far healthier cash reserves than in previous financial years, with the cash balance standing at £14.2m, but also with the focus on improving liquidity.




Income decreased by £8.1m, with the most significant change in

Expenditure has reduced


2010/11 arising from the divestment of further education provision

by £9.0m, from £79.6m to


which, while contributing significantly to the reduction in income, has

£70.6m compared to 2010/11


been more than offset by the corresponding reduction in expenditure.

partly due to several one-off items, such as those related

The university recruited strongly to its HEFCE, NHS and TA courses

to the refinancing of loans,

in 2011/12. This has led to an increase of £1.4m (4%) in tuition

and reduced operating

fees compared to 2010/11 and a resultant increase in income from

costs due to the transfer of

student residences compared to original forecast. Funding body grants

further education provision.

reduced due primarily to reduction in the unit of funding from HEFCE

Staff costs reduced by about

and the TA and lower releases of deferred capital grants due to assets

£3.4m (including restructure

reaching the end of their useful economic lives.

costs), and represented 53% of income, better than

The university has clear plans to grow its income in a range of areas and to diversify the sources of this revenue. Although “other” income reduced in 2011/12, strategies are in place to ensure that this ambition is realised.

the university’s financial strategy. This was delivered through continued control of recruitment, but also allowing for investment in key posts including in the senior management team. Other operating costs also reduced in line with the further education transfer. Interest and finance costs reduced significantly, reflecting the fact that 2010/11 included loan break costs of £2.8m, and reduced finance costs associated with the new loan arrangements which began at the end of 2010/11.

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Balance Sheet The increased strength of the balance sheet is demonstrated by

The most significant move on

the fact that discretionary reserves as a percentage of total income

the balance sheet was the £5.8m

improved from 14.2% to 26.0% in 2011/12. Further, total net assets,

increase in the Local Government

excluding the pension liability, have increased by £5.1m.

Pension Scheme deficit. The deficit is predicated upon

The work performed on cost reduction and strategic realignment in

actuarial assumptions, including

previous years has helped result in this healthier balance sheet but the

the discount rate, inflation rate,

university has ambitions to continue to strengthen its financial position.

mortality assumptions and equity

There is a clear focus on cash flow and working capital movements at

values. The level of balance sheet

both University Board and management levels of the organisation and

surplus/deficit going forward is

this is even more crucial as the timing and quantum of key funding

subject to fluctuations and may

streams alters during 2012/13. The university holds funds on behalf of

vary widely each year, and the

the Energy Coast campus board. During the year, £2.3m of this cash

university has experienced both

was spent by the fund’s board, which explains the overall decrease

increases and decrease in the

in the cash balance reported in the accounts. If this expenditure is

deficit in previous years.

Total net assets, excluding the pension liability, have increased by £5.1m

excluded, the cash available for university activities increased in year by £0.4m to £10.1m.

The large increase this year is primarily due to lower than anticipated bond yields and an increase in life expectancies. The increase in the

In a period where significant capital grants are not readily accessible, the

deficit to £29m has no immediate effect on cash or expenditure

university has developed a financial plan which will result in transformative

although the university has anticipated its effect on its contributions in

work to its estate which will be funded through its surpluses either directly

its long-term financial planning.

or through the repayment of borrowing. The strength of the balance sheet, continued delivery of a surplus as planned in 2012/13 and effective cash management will be crucial to the achievement of this ambition.

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Governance and management The University Board of Directors who held office during academic year 2011/12 Mr Stephen Henwood Chairman Euan Cartwright Vice chairman

Mr Grant Hopkins Mr Stuart Hyde Mr Ian Johnson

The Very Reverend Mark Boyling Lord Roger Liddle Professor Linda Challis Dr Hilary Crowe

The Right Reverend James Newcome Bishop of Carlisle

Dr Stephen Curl

Mrs Liz Nicholls

Professor Trevor Curnow

Mr Mark Renwick-Smith

Mr John Dell

Mr Bill Sang

Mr Geoff Donnelly

Professor Peter Strike

Mrs Claire Hensman

Barbara Stephens

Mr Brian Hetherington

Chancellor The Most Reverend Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

Senior Management Team members in post during academic year 2011/12 Professor Peter Strike Vice Chancellor

Mr Mike Berry Director of Estates and IT

Professor Liz Beaty Pro Vice Chancellor Academic Enterprise and External Relations

Mrs Janet Whitworth Director of HR

Professor Sandra Jowett Pro Vice Chancellor Academic Mr Neil Harris Registrar and Secretary Mrs Kate Mclaughlin-Flynn Director of Finance

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The Reverend Canon Professor Robert Hannaford Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Business and Science Dr Sam Twiselton Executive Dean, Faculty of Education Dr Robin Talbot Executive Dean, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

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