Making the most of your time at university


In seeing all the freshers going to University now and just starting their academic journey, it makes me feel slightly envious. I had a great time at Uni, but I still wish I had made the most of my time there a bit more.

The Uni of Cumbria is a really good Uni and the Lancaster Campus is where I studied and I had some wonderful times there, but this article gives you some tips to make the most out of Uni life whether you are a fresher, second year or final year…..

The first thing that you should do is try and make as many friends as possible. I didn’t just stick to the people on my course; I also got friendly with people off other courses as well. This allowed me to build up a big network of friends and always have someone to go on a night out with! Seriously though it made life much more interesting as I got to interact with people off a lot of different courses and it definitely enhanced my University experience.

Although it sounds slightly clichéd to say it, something else you should do is try and get the best grade possible in your degree. It’s advice that you are probably sick of hearing and is a constant refrain, but I’m not suggesting that you go and spend every day down the library. What I am saying is that you should try and strike some sort of balance and if you are writing an essay, decide whether you work best on your own or with your mates. Some people leave writing essays to the last minute and having done this myself on at least one occasion, there is something of a buzz you get when the deadline is the next day. However, whether this is a wise choice is something I’ll leave you to decide. Doing essays with your mates can be fun in my own experience.

Also, see what you can get out of Uni. I don’t mean in a financial sense, but see what you can blag in terms of gym memberships, use of facilities and even a quiet place to study. Of course wherever you are at Uni, there will be plenty of promotions for nights out and you should snap these up as well as there are loads of good deals on offer. You’d be surprised what you could get out of Uni if you put your mind to it, even a part-time job in some cases.

I think the other thing I would say is live life to the full whilst you are at Uni, there is no point in stopping yourself from doing things you may as well just have a go at everything and try things out. The mantra work hard, play hard definitely applies to your time at Uni. Maybe not going out 5 times a week like my friends did but going out every week is not a bad thing. You have just got to make sure that it doesn’t interfere with your life and academic commitments.

Always think about what you want to say about your time at Uni when you leave and do all those things that you want to. If you do that, you will have a great time!

By Sam Curran

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Teach English in China

Fancy an exciting, challenging, salaried year abroad? Want to experience the culture and customs of China first-hand?


Run in conjunction with the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and the International Exchange Centre in Hunan Province, Teach English in China is an international work-travel programme with a difference. No extra training is required, all we ask is that you are a graduate, a native English speaker and complete our language training programme. If you are not a native English speaker but speak English fluently you may also be eligible. English language learning has been given more emphasis in this fast changing country; be part of this important change.

Whether you’re a new or recent graduate unsure of where to go next, in a career rut, looking for a fresh challenge, or retired and looking for your next adventure, TEIC could be the exciting opportunity you’ve been waiting for, especially if you learn Mandarin in China and thereby enhance your employment prospects.

The University of Cumbria has arranged for Professor Thomas from Teach English in China to come along to deliver talks to our students about the opportunities available, and how you can apply. No need to book, just come along!

Wednesday 15 October, 12.00 – 1.00 in DBF02, Lancaster

Thursday 16 October, 12.00 – 1.00 in BG57, Fusehill Street

Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 10/10/2014

Part-time vacancies in Ambleside

Last week we had the handouts from the part-time jobs fairs in Carlisle and Lancaster that listed all of the vacancies the careers team collected from around Carlisle and Lancaster.

This week we have the vacancies that Julie from the team collected around Ambleside – she said that there are more vacancies advertised in shop windows, so if you don’t see anything suitable here, have a wander around the town and see what you can find!

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Winter Break Volunteer Opportunities





The holiday season is just around the corner. Get out of the cold and spend your winter break doing good on a volunteer adventure that makes a difference. Experience the true meaning of “it is better to give then receive” by joining one of GoEco’s volunteer projects. We have selected some great projects that will take your winter break from ho-hum to life-changing!


Provide much needed medical assistance or care for orphans in Zimbabwe, teach disadvantaged youths to surf in Cape Town, give back to communities and orphanages in Sri Lanka, or cage dive with Great White sharks in South Africa. Whether working for wildlife and environmental conservation or humanitarian aid, there is no better way to spend this holiday season than with a unique volunteering expedition. Discover the world from a new perspective in a challenging and inspiring environment.

For more information and to see the full list of opportunities, visit:

Upcoming Army and Camp Opportunitites

Over the next couple of weeks we have arranged for reps from the Army and from Camp Leaders to visit the University of Cumbria to talk about what they can offer UoC students!

Firstly: Camp Leaders!

You can come along to the Camp Leader talks at:

Brampton Road campus, Monday 13 October, Lecture Room 2, 6pm – 7pm

Fusehill Street campus, Wednesday 15 October, LG202, 1pm – 2pm and 6pm – 7pm



Secondly: Army

You can come along to the Army talks at:

Carlisle Fusehill Street campus, Tuesday 14 October, 12 noon – 2pm in the Learning Gateway

Lancaster, Tuesday 2 December, 12 noon – 2pm in the Gateway building.

If you want a career that offers challenge and adventure, then a career in the Army could be right for you.

As an officer or soldier you are at the forefront of a dynamic and fast paced work environment and work as part of a close knit team, held together by the Army’s values and standards and our inspirational leaders.

The salary is competitive and you’ll get paid from the moment you start your training. With over 200 different roles, there’s a huge range of careers to choose from, including Catering, Logistics and Engineering, Medicine, Law, IT and many more.

Are you up to the challenge? If so STEP UP, and see what we have to offer!


Friday’s Featured Vacancies – 03/10/2014

Hello you lovely lot!

Today I’ve pulled together all of the part-time jobs that the careers team collected from around Carlisle and Lancaster for the part-time jobs fair. You can easily download these as pdf documents.

Carlisle Vacancies

Part Time Vacancies Xmas Temps

Part Time Vacancies Retail

Part Time Vacancies Catering & Hospitality

Lancaster Vacancies

Part time jobs in lancaster handout

Please be aware that these vacancies were correct at the time of collection, and you will need to check that they are still live before you apply.

Good luck!

p.s. did you know that there a loads of part-time jobs advertised on the JobShop as well? Register now at 

Part-time and Seasonal Jobs Fair


We had a really busy day at the part-time and seasonal jobs fair in Carlisle yesterday – lots of students through the doors, and a whole heap of positive feedback too!

And guess what – we’re doing it all over again tomorrow when the part-time jobs fair hits the Lancaster campus!

Pop along to the gateway building between 12 noon and 2.00 pm to meet local employers who have vacancies that they need students to fill! Why not bring along your CV as well?


One of the main talking points of the day yesterday was out ‘Dream Job’ board – everyone wrote their dream job on a cloud (or a port-it when we ran out of clouds!!) and pinned it up on the board. Some of our favorites were:

  • Batman
  • Batman’s best friend
  • Professional Squirrel
  • Assassin
  • Local vigilante
  • Ale/ Beer/Chocolate tester

What’s your dream job?