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About UoC Careers Team

We are the careers team at the University of Cumbria. This is our blog! Please follow us to read about improving your employability, job vacancies and volunteering opportunities, CV and application advice, as well as news stories and guest posts related to careers.

Graduate Internships in Cumbria

Interested in working in Higher Education? Want to support young people in Cumbria?

The Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme are looking to recruit two enthusiastic and motivated graduate interns to develop and deliver an agreed programme of outreach activity for the Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme (CCOP). CCOP is part of OFS (Office for Students) national initiative to ensure government targets to double the number of young people from WP backgrounds in to Higher Education by 2020 are met. The post-holders will report to the CCOP Area Manager.

The University of Cumbria is the lead institution for CCOP – the Cumbria consortium, which includes partners ranging from higher education institutions, further education colleges and employers operating within Cumbria. The post will be based within the University of Cumbria but will work for the consortium and report to the CCOP area manager. The programme aims to work in identified target wards with specific young people in three key areas of Cumbria to provide sustained, progressive and intensive outreach in order to broaden aspirations and ultimately increase progression to higher education. There will be two posts supporting the co-ordinating of the programme within each area – Carlisle and Eden (reference 158176) and the West Coast (reference 158172).

Deadline – 28 October 2018

Apply Now.


Easy Tips for A Healthier Student Lifestyle


It’s no secret that the student lifestyle doesn’t have the healthiest of reputations. Whether it’s excessive amounts of booze, a lack of fresh food, an erratic sleeping schedule or minimal exercise, living like a student can start to have negative implications on your health. Whilst it’s important to make the most of your university days, there are some easy ways to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Being healthy doesn’t need to be difficult, expensive, or time consuming. In fact, these little changes can have a big impact on your physical and mental wellbeing whilst at uni. Here are eight top tips.

Eat Breakfast

Waking up late and rushing out of the door without eating is a trap far too many students fall into. It essentially sets you up for a bad day. You’ll end up ravenously hungry a couple of hours later. Before you know it, you’ll be reaching for the quickest, most convenient thing to snack on, which is highly unlikely to be something healthy.

Skip A Round

A handy tip for keeping on top of excessive drinking is the alternating method. It’s extremely simple: for every alcoholic drink you have, the next one must be a soft drink. It’ll slow down your consumption, meaning you won’t end up too drunk and making regrettable decisions. It will also help you stay more hydrated, and lessen your hangover symptoms. Your future self will thank you!

Drink Water

Upping your water consumption is one of the best tips for all around health. Plus, it’s extremely easily accessible, and (importantly for students) free! Staying hydrated will help you avoid overeating and lessen cravings for sugary, fizzy drinks. Drinking water has also been shown to help improve concentration. Carrying a bottle with you is key.

If You Can, Walk

Gym memberships can seem an extravagance for those on a tight budget, but exercising is hugely important to the health of both your body and your brain. One great way to fit some around your busy schedule is to try to walk as much as you can. Getting off the bus a couple of stops early or taking the stairs instead of a lift are all small changes that will add up to make a difference.

Don’t Work In Bed

If you’re having trouble sleeping, it’s absolutely essential that you keep your bed as a separate space. Don’t hang out in there if you aren’t actively trying to sleep. Whether this means going to the library or just setting yourself up at the kitchen table, your brain needs to be able to switch off in order to sleep well.

Manage Stress

One thing which all students have in common is a tendency towards getting stressed out. And you can’t be blamed: university is an incredibly taxing time, particularly when it comes to balancing studying, a social life, a part time job plus any extra-curricular activities. If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, try to talk to someone. Finding healthy coping mechanisms, like exercise, meditation or chatting with a friend is key to getting you through the more intense moments.

Do A Weekly Shop

Having a good selection of healthy food options stocked in the fridge is essential to eating well. If you get home and there’s nothing in the house, it’s all too easy to call for a takeaway. If you need a snack and the cupboards are bare, that’s when a trip to the corner shop for chocolate occurs. Doing a big shop once a week not only ensures that there will be a variety of healthy choices ready for you. Plus, as a bonus, it’ll make budgeting for food much easier.

Meal Prep

If you are strapped for time or simply don’t like to cook, meal prepping will be a total saviour. You can make one batch of something healthy, split it into Tupperware containers, then eat for the rest of the week without having to cook or wash up. You can even make bigger batches and freeze half, saving your future self during exam season.


Annie Walton Doyle writes for Inspiring Interns, which specialises in finding candidates their perfect internship. To browse our graduate jobs, visit our website.





Upcoming Events for students with disabilities with My Plus Students Club

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The websites for Investing in Talent and Explore the Law are now live!

Investing in Talent (formerly known as Getting Investment Banking) is taking place on the 19th October. It will bring together disabled students who have an interest in investment banking with leading banks including Barclays, Citi, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and UBS.

Explore the Law (formerly known as Open to You) is taking place on the 20th November and this will bring together bright, ambitious students with disabilities who have an interest in commercial law with leading law firms. Confirmed firms so far include: Baker McKenzie, DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters, and Slaughter and May.

As before, there is no cost to attend and reasonable student travel expenses will be re-imbursed.

Find out more about My Plus Students Club here:

Friday Featured Opportunity – Morrisons Fashion Graduate Scheme

Fashion Graduate Scheme

Would you like the opportunity to shape the future direction of a leading family lifestyle brand? Nutmeg, which is now sold in all Morrisons stores, offers good-quality, affordable clothes that fit with our customers’ everyday lives.

Join us, on our Graduate Scheme, and you’ll gain a deep insight into the Nutmeg business, as you work alongside the members of our Buying team to plan and source a competitively priced product range.

What you’ll be doing

This scheme gives you accountability for your own category from day one. So with support from our highly skilled industry professionals, you’ll get straight into managing areas like strategy, products, performance and quality, while looking to maximise sales and build strong supplier relationships around the globe.

Along the way you’ll be able to gain an excellent understanding of our customer profiles and the latest market trends. You will also have opportunities to hone your negotiation skills and build your commercial sense.

What you’ll need to join us

Our colleagues ‘Make Morrisons’. You’ll be no exception. So it’s important that you are a great communicator who can build successful working relationships with colleagues across our business. Given the pace here, you’ll need strong analytical and decision-making skills. You also need resilience, a positive attitude and the determination to take ownership of problems and solve them. A minimum 2:1 degree is essential.

Win £100! – My Career Enriched, your new career hub



Welcome to our new students! We are the Careers and Employability service and are here to support you with finding part-time jobs, CVs and applications, options with your degree, interview skills, career planning, finding graduate jobs and more!


My Career Enriched is a new career hub for UoC students that gives you easy access to:

  • Online Jobs Board.
  • Careers Appointments.
  • Careers Events.
  • CV Review Service.
  • Quick Careers Queries.


All UoC students are automatically registered for My Career Enriched.

Activate your account today to be entered into a £100* prize draw!


Find out more at our Welcome Week events:


  • #MyCareerEnriched Part-time Jobs Drop-in: Brampton Road – Thursday 20 September – 11.30am to 1.30pm – Main reception.
  • #MyCareerEnriched Part-time Jobs Drop-in: Fusehill Street, Tuesday 25 September, 11.30am to 1.30pm – Learning Gateway.
  • Welcome Fair: Fusehill Street, Thursday 27 September, 11am to 3pm – Sports Centre.


  • Welcome Fair: Thursday 20 September, 12pm to 4pm – Old Dining Hall
  • #MyCareerEnriched Part-time Jobs Drop-in: Tuesday 25 September, 11.30am to 1.30pm – Gateway.


  • Welcome Fair: Wednesday 19 September, 2.30pm to 5pm.
  • #MyCareerEnriched: Part-time Jobs Drop-in: Wednesday 19 September, 2.30pm to 5pm – part of the Welcome Fair.

*University of Cumbria students that activate their ‘My Career Enriched’ account by 19 October 2018 will be entered into a prize draw. The prize is £100 in national book tokens. Competition terms and conditions.


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My Career Enriched Competition Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions for the “My Career Enriched” competition running from 3 September 2018 to 19 October 2018 at the University of Cumbria

  1. The promoter is the University of Cumbria (registered company number 06033238) whose registered office is at Fusehill Street, Carlisle, CA1 2HH.
  2. Employees of the University of Cumbria or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. Entry to the competition will be via activation of a University of Cumbria student account on My Career Enriched (the university career hub). This can be done by accessing My Career Enriched and setting up a student profile. Entries will open at 00:01am on Monday 3 September 2018.
  5. Closing date for entry will be midnight on Friday 19 October 2018. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  7. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows: A winner will be selected at random from all entrants who activate their student account on My Career Enriched. One prize of £100 worth gift vouchers will be awarded to the winner.
  8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  11. Winners will be chosen at random by an independent adjudicator appointed by the Promoter.
  12. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  13. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
  14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  18. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: Careers Service, University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, CA1 2HH.
  19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  20. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to the University of Cumbria and not to any other party.

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Vacancies with The Knowledge Transfer Network!

Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK’s network partner and also provides innovation networking for other funders in line with its mission to drive UK growth.


Join a highly skilled and experienced team, working to connect people to speed up innovation! The KTN currently has 4 job vacancies available for application, these include:

  • Knowledge Transfer Manager – Development and International Programmes. Closing date: 20 July 2018
  • Knowledge Transfer Manager – Manufacturing. Closing date: 30 July 2018
  • Knowledge Transfer Manager – Manufacturing (North West England). Closing date: 30 July 2018
  • Events Coordinator (Six month secondment). Closing date: tbc
If you are interested in applying for one of these vacancies, follow this link to find out more: