Friday Featured Vacancy: Digital Designer at CFM Radio


We’ve got an exciting opportunity for a creative digital designer to join the team at CFM in Carlisle.

You will be working on sales presentations, e-marketing, creating and managing campaigns on our radio stations websites in a busy and growing digital department.

We specialise in designing websites and creating videos for clients so knowledge of WordPress and Adobe Premiere would be beneficial.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A thorough knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop)
  • A great portfolio
  • Front end web design skills
  • A thorough knowledge of WordPress
  • Excellent organisational skills and be able to work to tight deadlines

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a media environment, we offer a generous pension and benefits scheme which includes a cycle to work scheme, discounted childcare vouchers and the option for private health care and dental cover.

To apply for the role send your CV, portfolio and covering letter to

Business Concept Competition

Quality Formations have just launched a new grant programme designed to help aspiring student entrepreneurs pursue new business concepts, and I thought it might be something that our enterprising students may be interested in. Here are the details:

The programme is open to all degree-level students studying at any listed/recognised UK college or university.

  • It is open to both domestic and international students of all ages.
  • Quality Formations will award up to 6 winning students with a £1,000 grant in order to use towards developing a new business concept (in any way they see fit). They are also offering each contest winner a free formation package, which will enable them to incorporate their new business through Companies House.

To apply, provide proof of enrolment at UoC, complete their short application form and submit a 1,000-word essay describing your start-up idea. They do not need a detailed business plan or projections; they simply want an outline of what your start-up idea is, why you think it will succeed and how you will use the grant funds if successful.

The deadline for entry is 17:00 January 29, 2016. An in-house committee will decide the winners by 26th February 2016, and successful applicants and their learning institutions will be notified shortly thereafter.

If this is something you are interested in and want more information see their website:

If you are looking to apply and want help developing your application please let me know and I will be pleased to provide you with support.

Sylvia Grainger

Student Enterprise Co-ordinator

Graduate Start-ups


You have worked hard and achieved your degree and now moving onto the next chapter in your life, but what direction should you take?

There are different options open to you that will allow you to build on the skills that you have developed, one these options is starting your own business.

Running a business is hard work and challenging, but it can also be exhilarating, exciting and rewarding allowing you to use your skills to the full and develop new ones along the way.

If this is the route you chose to explore then help is at hand. UoC students and graduates can access the help and support to research your intended business, everything from market research, to raising finance to business planning, this could be one to one support or attendance at workshops where you will be able to meet likeminded people. To find out more, drop me an e-mail and we can start to put the support in place which will help you. If you have moved away from the area we will be able to put you in contact with local provision and also provide support via e-mail, telephone of skype.

Keep an eye out for details of the different business sessions we will be running this year on campus and during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November!

In addition the university has agreed to offer graduate start –up support packages to help you with business location at their business centres, again contact me if you would like further information.

Whatever you chose to do, think it through, get help were you can and good luck with it.

Sylvia Grainger

Student Enterprise Co-ordinator

Volunteer with Lancashire County Council!


How to apply to be a volunteer

Some people just really need a friend. Can you be that person for an hour or two a week? To help or find out more, see our Befriending roles.

Perhaps you would like to be a Countryside Ranger or help young people in a youth centre?

Search our list of volunteer opportunities available.

Once you find an opportunity that suits you, select it and then click the “sign up” button.

You will now start creating your own volunteer profile, once you have completed and submitted it, a member of staff will contact to discuss your application.

If you don’t hear from us within 5 working days, please email and quote the opportunity you have expressed an interest in and the date you completed your application. We will chase it up for you.

If you have looked through our opportunities but are unsure about the option and want some help please email

Apply for a volunteering opportunity

What’s in it for you?

Whatever your reason for becoming a volunteer there are huge benefits for you and your community. We will help you to achieve your personal goals.

Volunteering provides the experience and qualifications employers look for, it shows them that you are committed and have employability skills.

You will receive training to prepare you for volunteering and to enhance your activities. We work in partnership with other training providers and will signpost you to appropriate training for example – confidence building, employability skills, drug awareness and mental health awareness.

You should not be out of pocket financially, where possible we will reimburse pre-agreed expenses such as mileage and car parking.

What you can expect from us

  • A full induction to your role within the service
  • Regular support and feedback from a supervising officer
  • A written description of your volunteer activities
  • Application of Health and Safety policies to volunteers’ activities.
  • Clear policies for reimbursing volunteers’ expenses
  • Recognition of the different roles and responsibilities of volunteers and paid employees
  • Ongoing opportunities for training

What we expect from you

When carrying out your volunteering activities you are expected to be ambassadors for Lancashire County Council and/or Lancashire Constabulary. Your volunteering activities will add great value to the services we offer to the people of Lancashire.

In relation to your volunteering activities you must:

  • Be reliable, committed and professional.
  • Act in confidence and with discretion
  • Embrace equality and diversity values
  • Have a duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of all people you deal with
  • Abide by all relevant health and safety and data protection legislation

Please email for more details around volunteering.

Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Brand Ambassador with Splatter

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Brand Ambassador with Splatter Field Marketing Agency

Company information:

Splatter Group are a field marketing agency who generally work in the entertainment and technology fields. We offer tactical ad hoc work on a day to day basis. Our jobs include auditing, merchandising, demonstrations, mystery shopping, costume character work, events and in store training.

Job description:

Splatter group offer various types of work either ad hoc day to day basis, part time or full time.

Our jobs include auditing, merchandising, demonstrations, mystery shopping, costume character work, events and in store training.

Person requirements:

Splatter Group are looking for out-going, trustworthy staff that have a keen interest in technology, gadgets and games


  • Scotland
  • Europe
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • East of England
  • Ireland
  • Greater London
  • West Midlands
  • East Midlands
  • North East England
  • North West England
  • South West England
  • South East England
  • Yorkshire and the Humber

Apply online at:

Friday’s Featured Vacancy: SCIENCE TECHNICIAN


Hourly rate: £8.79 per hour
Salary Grade PCD 2.5A (£16,969 pa pro rata)
22.5 hours per week, term time only

Required for September 2015

A Science Technician is required to join our efficient, well-motivated team to prepare materials and equipment for Science lessons up to ‘A’ level. Relevant qualifications and/or experience will be advantageous.

Trinity is a successful and friendly 11-18 mixed comprehensive school of 1562 students, of whom 326 are in the Sixth Form. We offer excellent induction, support and professional development

The post would suit a person who has relevant experience of working in a general technical/resource support role in an appropriate environment, has a good knowledge of ICT and the ability to work well in a team as well as using their own initiative. Relevant qualifications and/or experience would be advantageous.

Science is, of course, a very important and busy part of our curriculum, so there is always much to do. Responsibilities are flexible, and there is a senior science technician who will be your team lead in terms of appraisal and professional development, which is important here for all staff. Proper induction and training will be given.

Send the completed application package to Mrs Chris Waddell, Senior PA, Trinity School, Strand Road, Carlisle, CA1 1JB or email by 9.00am Monday 17 August 2015.

Please make clear the date you would be able to join us, if you were to be appointed..

We are hoping to hold interviews on Monday 24 August 2015.


Student/Graduate Internship

student enterpriseThis year has been the first year I have had the pleasure of working with a University of Cumbria graduate intern. Amie and I have worked hard but had some fun along the way! She has developed lots of new skills which have helped prepare for her working life. Amie is about to embark on the next chapter of her career with an exciting 12 months in Canada. When she returns she is considering setting up her own social enterprise project, supported by University of Cumbria Student Enterprise. So we hope to be working together again! One of Amie’s projects has been a series of films about enterprise – I’ll let you know when these are released.

I have to say the role of graduate intern is challenging but well worth it – so look out for these opportunities. I have recently worked with two local firms who are looking for graduate interns – go to and register for the job shop to find out more. Or contact me at or the careers team at

Sylvia Grainger

Student Enterprise Co-ordinator