Category Archives: Alumni

Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Chunky Wombat Media

Chunky Wombat Media are a small team who’ve all graduated from the University of Cumbria in the last three years. We launched our studio last October and are getting busier and busier every week.

Find out all about Chunky Wombat and the services they offer here: www.chunkywombatmedia.co.uk 

One element missing at the moment is a more dedicated web developer to partner up with our resident designer. To help find someone, we’ve put together a job listing on our website here: www.chunkywombatmedia.co.uk/careers/

 

Alumni Spotlight: Abigail Ede

Abigail Ede, Class of 2010, PGCE Early Years

Abigail EdeAbigail is a year 1 class teacher at the Nord Anglia School in Dubai. Her teaching career has taken her from the UK, to Beijing, now to Dubai and next onto Hong Kong! Rightfully proud she says, “I’ve achieved my ambitions and have a fantastic lifestyle full of interesting people and fantastic opportunities to see the world.”

If Abigail hadn’t come to Carlisle she would most likely be living and working in her home town in Wales. She chose the University of Cumbria because of its location in a most beautiful part of the world and the quality of the course, where she learnt from teaching professionals and had a fantastic experience – meeting her now best friends along the way.

Training to teach has been one of the best decisions she has ever made. “It felt good to have a qualification that allowed me to go on to earn good money and get a job straight away.” Abigail’s hopes for the future include becoming a part of the leadership team in her school and to start up a story-telling business with a fellow teacher.

What are you up to now?

Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni. Visit our share your experiences page to download the profile form if you would like to be included in the next edition of Aluminate or just email us.

Alumni Spotlight: Nathalie Grobe

Nathalie Grobe, Class of 1996, PGCE Secondary French

Natalie GrobeOriginally from France, Nathalie secured a place at St. Martin’s College through the Erasmus programme with an ambition to teach in the UK. Now employed at the French International School in Hong Kong as a French teacher, Nathalie has travelled and taught all over the world.

Crediting her PGCE with changing her life she says, “the qualification gave me the chance to do what I love, travelling and teaching in great schools.”

She has never looked back after deciding to leave to UK to teach internationally and states, “it was the best choice ever. Teaching is the best job to have when you are travelling as it is easier to find work. I am most proud of being able to combine a family and work life balance – my job has taken me to places many people only ever dream of.”

What are you up to now?

Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni. Visit our share your experiences page to download the profile form if you would like to be included in the next edition of Aluminate or just email us.

Alumni Spotlight: Alex Louise Hodgson

Alex Louise Hodgson, Class of 2008, Photography, Film & Media

Alex HodgsonOriginally from Lazonby and schooled in Penrith, a career in anything creative seemed miles away until Alex grabbed the opportunity to study in Carlisle.

“I undertook my A levels at Cumbria Institute of the Arts in Photography, Film and Media studies from 2006 – 2008. My time spent there really set the ball rolling as to where I saw myself going in the future. The teachers were wonderful: Edward Cooper, Debbie Sweeny, Rachael Elliot and Darren Connor. Darren Connor, who is sadly no longer with us, introduced me and my classmates to topics such as British New Wave cinema which continues to inspire me. I could not praise their influence on me enough and they were all very encouraging.

“Upon graduating, I moved from my home county to study a BA (Hons) degree in Photography and Film at Edinburgh Napier University. Currently, I hope to extend my studies further and undertake a Masters Degree in Screenwriting. In the mean time I have worked on-set and as a film editor on low budget films. Although my years at college are nearing a decade ago, I’m thankful for the doors which studying there opened and the memories made. I could not have spent my most influential years at a better place.”

What are you up to now?

Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni. Visit our share your experiences page to download the profile form if you would like to be included in the next edition of Aluminate or just email us.

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Johnston

Sarah Johnston, Class of 2013, Primary Education with QTS

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Originally from Carlisle, self-confessed “home-bird” Sarah had only one choice on her uni applications: the University of Cumbria to study primary teaching at the Fusehill Street campus in Carlisle.

“I had heard good things about the course and was made-up when I got in.”

Sarah has wanted to be a primary teacher for as long as she can remember and is very proud to have achieved her dreams. Now a full-time long-term supply teacher, covering a maternity leave at lovely village school Great Corby. “I honestly don’t think I would be happy in any other career, I love how rewarding it is and how every day is different.”

Sarah credits the University of Cumbria and the teaching course with changing her life “absolutely definitely” for the better, it is here where she grew in confidence and met some amazing life-long friends. Looking back Sarah recalls, “There were loads of funny stories from uni. Most teachers are up for anything fun, and always enjoy acting like big kids. Nobody likes a boring teacher!”

Sarah’s proudest moments in teaching so far are when she sees the kids in her class truly enjoying their work or when she receives feedback from parents to let her know they have repeated an activity done in class at home. Sarah’s ambitions for the future are to continue learning and improving, “to teach as well as the experienced teachers I have observed.”

What are you up to now?

Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni. Visit our share your experiences page to download the profile form if you would like to be included in the next edition of Aluminate or just email us.

Alumni Spotlight: Phil Baines

Phil Baines, Class of 2011, Stage Management

Phil BainesPhil has always known he wanted to work in the theatre industry. He greatly enjoyed his time on campus at Brampton Road, particularly the Stanwix Arts Theatre ‘a great space to be creative’. He made life-long friends, and credits the course with “sending [him] in the right direction to achieve [his] ambitions”.

Phil is now the Technical and Facilities Manager at the Montgomery Theatre in Sheffield. After assuming that he would pursue a career backstage, he found an aptitude and skillset for venue and technical management.

Phil is especially happy to be working in his home town. After stints in London and not getting paid much at all, he is rightfully proud to have achieved so much and to be at ‘the’ up and coming venue in Sheffield; he certainly has no plans to look elsewhere anytime soon. “I feel like I have achieved my career ambitions. At 23 this Yorkshire lad ain’t done too badly.”

Phil’s advice to get a career like his: “If you want it badly enough, you’ll get it, just be patient.”

What are you up to now?

Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni. Visit our share your experiences page to download the profile form if you would like to be included in the next edition of Aluminate or just email us.

Alumni Spotlight: Johnny McCann

Johnny McCann, Graphic Design alumnus and also current member of staff!

After graduating from his BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Johnny worked initially as a freelance web designer in Cumbria, before returning to Northern Ireland to work as an IT Technician for Hewlett Packard. This was followed by an art and design placement teaching post back at the University of Cumbria and, when a job in the IT-Services department came up, he decided to change career paths and is now Senior IT Technician (North).

Johnny McCann as Iron Man

Alongside his job, Johnny enjoys street performing and fundraising for the NSPCC with the 501st Star Wars costuming group. He also fronts a band called Spookshow and organises the annual SOPHIE fundraisers, Labyrinth Ball and Zombie Walk for Carlisle. He likes to help where he can in the community by wearing the Iron Man costume he built to raise funds for children’s causes.

Johnny regularly hosts events and runs a costuming group where the members learn construction techniques in his home/workshop which they have dubbed ‘The Tardis House’ because of its big blue door and ‘bigger on the inside’ nature. On Saturday 18 April 2015 he has set himself his biggest challenge yet; organising and hosting ‘Edencon’, a movies, games and popular media convention to be held at the University of Cumbria’s Brampton Road campus in Carlisle.

Edencon logo Johnny McCannEdencon will be a celebration of the best in pop culture, featuring fantastic artists, writers, costumers and crafters. The event will feature arts and crafts stalls, competitions, guest talks to benefit anyone wanting to work in media, including a film industry talk from Honorary Fellow Mally Chung (James Bond, Doomsday, Sherlock Holmes) and a panel talk from several of the most respected artists and writers in the British comics industry including our very own Associate Lecturer in Visual Culture, Nick Dodds. More guests will be announced as the date gets closer. Keep up to date on www.edencon.co.ukor Facebook.

What are you up to now?

Thanks to Joanne from the Alumni team for letting us share these alumni profiles on the blog! Have you got an exciting new job, working on a new project, want everyone to know about your own business, had something published or exhibited? Perhaps you are getting married or had a baby? Whatever your news, we would love to hear about it and share it with your fellow alumni. Visit our share your experiences page to download the profile form if you would like to be included in the next edition of Aluminate or just email us.

Creative Networking Event at UoC!

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Calling all creative students and alumni!

We would like to invite you to our annual creative networking event to be held at the Brampton Road campus, Carlisle.

When? Thursday 19th March 2015 at 6pm – 9pm

Where? Brampton Road Campus, Carlisle

How much? It’s a Free event!

Come along and join us on the evening of Thursday 19th March 2015 at our Brampton Road campus.  Network with fellow creatives over a glass of wine and buffet.

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 Is this event right for me?

  • Are you currently studying (or did you study) a creative subject such as graphic design, games design, web design, fine art, design crafts, illustration, journalism, event management, performing arts, adventure media, wildlife and media, dance, film & TV production or photography etc.?
  • Perhaps you studied a different subject but now work in one of the fields above?
  • Do you want opportunities to network and pursue collaborations with fellow creatives?
  • Perhaps you are starting out in your creative career and would benefit from hearing from experienced alumni.
  • Do you want the opportunity to ‘give something back’. Do you have useful expertise and experiences that you could pass on to our current students?
  • Do you own your own creative business and could offer work placements and opportunities to our students when they graduate?
  • Maybe you studied at Brampton Road and want to come back to campus to reminisce about the good old days?

The format of the evening will include lots of networking time, an expert panel answering questions, wine and food.  We will also be running tours for those eager to take a peek round campus if you haven’t been back in a while… and a chance to look round our new gallery space.

If you would like to join us for this event, simply register your place herehttps://alumni.cumbria.ac.uk/Creativenetworking hurry hurry, we expect places to go quickly! If you have any questions in advance of booking, please do not hesitate to contact us. alumni@cumbria.ac.uk 01228 400300 ext: 8483

Due to the nature of the event, we unfortunately cannot cover any costs for travel and expenses.  Please do only register if you are working in a creative field (the subjects listed above) and you are able to easily get to Carlisle.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind regards

Joanne Lusher & Anna Robinson
Alumni Association & Careers & Employability

Bright Futures Awards 2015

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Calling all of our students who have participated or trained in PASS, the Cumbria Mentor Scheme, Career Ahead or Student Enterprise.

We want to thank you for being an exceptional student and going above and beyond what your course requires!

To do this, we have organised ‘Bright Futures’ – a special celebration evening, supported by the University of Cumbria Alumni Association.

Book your place at this free celebration and receive free drinks on arrival; a delicious buffet; the opportunity to be snapped in our photo booth; live music; win prizes; hear guest speakers and share the stories of other students. This is an exclusive event with limited space so book now!

Bright Futures Celebration Evening Program:

  • 6.00pm to 6.30pm – Arrivals, refreshments and entertainment.
  • 6.30pm – 7.30pm – Welcome and introduction; student showcase; in-house address: University Senior Management Representative and prizes.
  • 7.30pm – Networking and entertainment.

The details for these events are:

Carlisle: Wednesday 25th March, 6pm – 8pm, Calva Bar
Lancaster: Tuesday 24th March, 6pm – 8pm, The View

 

To book for these events please visit our Eventbrite pages:

Carlisle: https://brightfutures2015car.eventbrite.co.uk

Lancaster: http://brightfutures2015lan.eventbrite.co.uk

Please be aware that there are limited places available for this event and tickets are first come first served, so book now or before 13th March when tickets close to avoid disappointment! If you are a third year student and this is your last chance to attend this event you should book your ticket early.  Remember to inform us of any specific dietary requirements; for example – vegetarian/vegan or any allergies, and if you have any queries or problems with attending the event. If you are an Ambleside student, please let us know as transport may be available.

We look forward to celebrating with you in March!

The Skills, Careers and Enterprise Teams.
Library and Student Services – LISS
University of Cumbria

Alumni events coming soon!

Question time with Ben Cooper

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Controller of BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra in conversation with British Radio Executive, John Myers

Thursday 29 January 2015
4.00pm – 5.30pm
Lecture Theatre 2, Brampton Road, Carlisle

  • Hear about the future of Radio 1 and 1 Xtra
  • What’s the future of media going to look like?
  • How do you get that job at BBC Radio 1
  • Listen, watch and share. A strategy for the future but what is it and how does it affect you?

This is YOUR chance to meet the most important man in UK Radio. Click here to book your place now.

Read more about Ben Cooper here: http://cumbria.ac.uk/Alumni

This event is being managed by the Development and Alumni Relations Office. For further information please contact Karen Jones on 01228 400301 or email to karen.jones@cumbria.ac.uk

 

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Creative Networking at UoC 2015

Thursday 19th March 2015
6.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Brampton Road Campus, Carlisle

FREE Event!

Our alumni are our best asset and their successful career paths, skills and knowledge can really inspire and help our students develop in the careers they dream of. After the success of last year’s event, we will be holding our creative networking event in March, giving students the chance to learn from the best!

Come along and join us on the evening of Thursday 19th March 2015 at our Brampton Road campus. A chance for creative professional alumni to network with current students over a FREE glass of wine and buffet.

Is this event right for me?

  • Current student or alumnus in a creative subject such as graphic design, games design, web design, fine art, design crafts illustration, journalism, event management, performing arts, adventure media, dance, film & TV production or photography etc.?
  • Perhaps you are an alumnus and studied a different subject but now work in a creative field?
  • Do you want opportunities to network and pursue collaborations with fellow creatives?
  • As a graduate do you want the opportunity to ‘give something back’. Do you have useful expertise and experiences that you could pass on to our current students?
  • As a student do you want the opportunity to ask questions to creative professionals working in your dream job? Do you want opportunities to network and build contacts, to get your name known to potential employers?
  • Do you own your own creative business and could offer work placements and opportunities to our students when they graduate?
  • Maybe you studied at Brampton Road and want to come back to campus to reminisce about the good old days?

The format of the evening will include lots of networking time, an expert panel answering questions, FREE wine and lots of food. We will also be running tours for those eager to take a peek round campus…

Click HERE to book your place now!