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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:

Friday Featured Opportunity – Paid Graduate Internship in HR – University of Cumbria in Carlisle

Applicants must be a graduate of the University or Cumbria (minimum 2:2, graduating in 2018) ideally in a business related discipline (expected by the start date of the appointment).

Starting Salary: £15,925

Closing date: Friday 13th July 2018 (midnight)

Expected Interview Date: Wednesday 25th July 2018 (in Lancaster)

Job location: Carlisle, Cumbria

Reference: 130933


The multi-award winning University of Cumbria is a wonderful blend of old and new, founded on a rich educational history with institutions dating back more than 150 years. Having recently celebrated our 10th anniversary, we have a fast growing research reputation, increasing profile and place alongside national and international employers as well as multi-million-pound campus investments and exciting ambitions for the future.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop administrative experience in the field of HR. Working as part of a team, you will be responsible for providing a recruitment and administration service to departments and services within the University, using our e-Recruitment system (Engage) and HR/Payroll system (ResourceLink).

In addition, you will provide administrative support to the HR Service such as organising meetings and note taking. Using skills gained during prior work experience, you must be able to demonstrate excellent customer service, accuracy and attention to detail, an ability to manage competing deadlines and to work effectively within a team.

The focus of this role is administrative but it will be ideal preparation when looking for your next HR role.

This post is full-time for nine months, commencing on 3 September 2018.

Informal enquiries: Vikki Thomas Tel: (01524) 590883 (Extn: 2792)

Find out more and apply here.

6 things to do for a great university experience

This is a great time to go to university. As a student you’re young and open-minded, so why not get the best out of your ‘student experience’? Life is short, your time at uni is short, use this opportunity to grow as an adult while having fun! In no particular order, here are six things you can do for a great university experience. 

Join a society

Joining a society is not only a great opportunity to make friends and have fun; use the facilities available to you to find a new passion, develop fresh skills or learn about different cultures.

There are plenty of different societies you can join. Ranging from educational classes such as  cookery and language classes, political and community groups, sporting activities such as salsa and football and artistic societies such as music and drama. Some societies are plain bizarre, such as the Beard Society and Nicolas Cage appreciation society at the university of Sussex!

There are many benefits to joining a society. Not only will it build confidence and help you start new friendships, it will also enhance your CV. Nowadays employers are looking for well-rounded individuals with a range of soft skills. This is a great opportunity to show them that you were able to balance your university life with extracurricular activities, possess confidence in new situations and are able to organise and assist in evens.

Take a gap year

Ok, this is a bit of cheating, as you won’t be at university; however, taking a gap year will be an amazing experience, where you can build confidence and learn about another culture. University can be a stressful place and it’s always beneficial to channel the pressure into something exhilarating, challenging and different.

Jokes about the ‘finding yourself’ cliché will be made; however, educator Robin Pendoley has highlighted the benefits of taking a gap year: ‘A program that challenges students to explore areas of interest in the real world brings clarity to what needs to be learned to become an expert in those field’.

There are plenty of things you can do on your gap year: work, take on an internship, travel, volunteer or start a business!

While the student experience is important, it won’t always be enough to prepare you for the ‘real world’. Taking a gap year will help you to mature as an adult and develop those key social and professional skills for the future.

Get fit

Getting to class, shopping for your flat, partying hard on Fridays, cooking and cleaning; sounds all too familiar? university is that step away from the real world, and the real world requires a lot of energy.

Joining a gym or taking up a sport can be significantly beneficial in helping you manage the physical and mental demands of university life; there are plentiful studies highlighting the impact of working out on your mood and productivity.

In fact, as the ambitious students you are, surely you wouldn’t want to miss out on the advantage of exercise on your studies? Exercise has shown to enhance thinking and memory skills.

Looking at the positive impact exercise has on your personal and academic life, it’s a must have for the average university student.

Get cooking

Cheap and reliable as they can be, instant ramen noodles are not the answer to your nutritional needs and neither is spending unnecessarily on fast-food.

There are many blogs and guide for students, with expert information to cool delicious and nourishing meals. Living at university will mean that you will more likely or not be operating on a budget; make use of cooking guides to spend wisely on food, expand your creativity and eat healthily – and stop yourself from being dissatisfied at the blandness of ramen.

The best part of cooking at university is that you’ll be exposed to people from different cultures, so there are plenty opportunities to learn and create new dishes!

Explore the university city

Whether you’re an international student, a local or living away from your home city, there’s always lots to explore at your university city. You’re now an adult – congrats; take advantage of your newfound adulthood to take a break from your work to be adventurous.

Whether you want to absorb the rustic charm of Keele (an instagrammer’s dream); or be positively overwhelmed by the urban backdrop of Queen Mary London, take full advantage of different student events or services existing within your uni city. After all, university is supposed to be the best time of your life, right?

Manage your finances

On a more serious note, managing your finances is an essential for university student. Budget and organise your finances to have the university experience you wanted.

Income: It’s nice to have finances sorted with a healthy income. There’s the obvious choice of government funded loans or getting financial support from parents. But there are other ways of making money; you can get a job, tutor younger students, offer yourself as a proof-reader/editor; or work with the university as a campus guide or a brand ambassador. Either way, it’s always advantageous to have a regular revenue stream.

Expenditure: This will obviously depend on your budget; thanks to the marvels of technology there are a handful of budgeting apps at your disposal, use them wisely to estimate your income, expenditures and savings and to keep a watch on your finances; there’s also the old fashioned way of documenting your finances in a diary.

Don’t miss out on the chances of saving up using student discounts; NUS extra, UniDAYS, Student bean; or buying discounted essential like food, clothes, stationary and books. This will help a great deal when factoring in your spending in your budget.

Of course, one of the biggest dent in your costs will be your rent bills; this will all dependent on your location, but it’s easy to find many advertisements of student accommodations and flat share which fit within your budget.

So, enjoy university without having to dip in your reserves or ask mum and dad for extra cash by carefully budgeting your finances.


Kushal Karki writes for Inspiring Interns, which specialises in sourcing candidates for internships and graduate jobs.

Friday Featured Opportunity – Paid Marketing Internship


Gretna Green Ltd, Gretna

Paid Summer Internship

Deadline: 11 June 2018

Start Date: 18 June 2018

Travel: 20 minute drive or train ride from Carlisle.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, articulate and forward-thinking individual to join our busy marketing department over the summer months; supporting our marketing team with social media, digital marketing and general administrative tasks. This individual must have a clear understanding of basic marketing principles, the ability to multitask and have an eye for detail.

This role will be based at our central office in Smiths Hotel, Gretna Green and will require a certain amount of flexibility, to support other occasional ad-hoc events outside of your normal working hours.


Main job activities:

  • Designing marketing collateral for print and digital
  • Collating information and resource building to support marketing initiatives
  • Office administration
  • Copywriting and copy checking
  • Assisting the Web Manager and Digital Marketing Executive with additional digital marketing and web content building tasks as and when required
  • Supporting the marketing team with events when required


Required skills/personality include:

  • Experience of using InDesign
  • Clear and articulate written/verbal English
  • Copywriting abilities
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Keen eye for design
  • Sociable, outgoing and approachable personality
  • Polite spoken and written manner
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to prioritise


Desirable skills include:

  • Experience in managing Facebook pages, twitter accounts, Instagram and Google Plus
  • Basic Photoshop skills
  • Basic skills using Microsoft Office


Reporting to:

Head of Marketing


Hours of work*:

Mon-Fri: 9am – 5pm

*Additional days/hours may be required to suit the business requirements.


How to apply

Email CV and Covering Letter to

Job reference (use as email subject): Application – Marketing Internship 2018

Careers Resources for students and graduates with a disability, health problem or specific learning difficulty


If you are a student or graduate with a disability, health problem or a specific learning difficulty there can be a range of additional complexities in the job application and recruitment process as well as moving forward to start your new job.

To help with this we have brought together a range of resources that you may find useful.

Click on the links below to find out more.

Change100 ‘This is Your Future’, a career guide for disabled students, by disabled students.

Finding_work_digital_workbook – A job searching and employment preparation workbook for autistic people

Getting a graduate job when you have dyslexia

Looking for work if you’re disabled – Government advice

Careers and work for disabled people – Disability Rights UK

Work and disability – NHS Guidance

Example of how to disclose a disability in a cover letter – Prospects

Disability and mental health: diversity matters – Target Jobs

Applying for Jobs – Advice from Mind, mental health charity

Telling my employer – advice from Mind, mental health charity

Dyspraxia in the Workplace

Should You Tell Your Boss About Your ADHD?

You can access support from the Careers and Employability Service while you are an student and up for three years after you graduate.

If you would like to access support contact us on or 01228 616323.

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