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Friday’s Featured Vacancy – Internship at Cranstons


Role Title: Intern – Marketing / Branding Designer
Business Name: Cranstons
Pay: £7.50 an hour.

35 hours per week for 10 weeks (Mid-June- first week in Sep)
Location: Based at Cranstons Head Office, Ullswater Road, Penrith

About Cranstons:

Cranstons Quality butchers was established in the Eden Valley village of Kirkoswald in 1914. The first shop at Kirkoswald opened in 1977 with a period of further expansion in the 1980’s with branches opening in Penrith, Carlisle, Brampton and Hexham. Cranstons currently operate four large local produce Food Halls and two traditional butchers’ shops.

Overall Purpose of the Role:

Cranstons are looking for a student to undertake an internship working on brand development to help promote and expand, e.g. brand awareness, resources, stores image etc.

Other Useful Information:

There is the opportunity for the successful candidate to apply to the University of Cumbria’s Bright Futures fund for a travel bursary to help with travel expenses if required (£100 allowance available).

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

• Work with Cranstons marketing team to implement their new brand strategy.
• Create consistent branding across the business that is visual and creative.
• Apply Cranstons new brand concept to display cards, posters, counter displays, counter tickets etc.
• Provide support to roll out the company’s brand, including communication and engagement with internal stakeholders, store managers and key staff across the business.
• Cranstons has been working with Nicepond Creative ( to develop a new brand concept which now needs to be applied to all the companies 6 shops point of sale

Personal Requirements:

• Knowledge of Adobe Creative desirable but not essential (training will be provided)
• Successful candidate will be working with external professionals along with staff from the company’s 6 retail outlets therefore good communications skills are required
• Would suit a student currently studying a creative discipline, e.g. marketing, brand development, graphic design, photography who is enthusiastic about the role.
• Ability to create and develop ideas.

For an initial informal discussion contact – Jane Silburn, email: or telephone 07540 014519

To apply:

Send a CV and a covering letter to

Closing date: Thursday 31st May 2018
Interview date: Wednesday 6th June 2018

If you would like support with your CV and covering letter please e-mail (please note that we offer a 5 working day service but will try to prioritize an upcoming application if you let us know the deadline).


International Women’s Day 2018



With gender parity estimated to be over two centuries away (Global Gender Gap Report 2017) it is important that we show our support and help #PressforProgress

Make this International Women’s Day your day, by helping to make a positive difference for women everywhere.

Come join us on 8th March in celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. No matter which campus you are at, there is sure to be many great activities you can get involved in, from Henna and Nail Painting to Tea Parties and awareness campaigns. All money raised will go to great local charities

Carlisle, Lancaster and Ambleside events – Stonewall and Cervical Cancer Trust

London- Limehouse Project –

So, what have we got in store for you? Thake a look below to find out what is happening across each Campus.

London campus foyer: 12pm- 1pm

  • Henna design
  • Have one nail painted purple (the colour of IWD)
  • Wear a cultural outfit or dress in purple for £1 and be entered into a prize draw to win a UoC goodie bag.
  • View our display of inspirational quotes and art created by women


Lancaster Gateway:

  • Henna design
  • Have your say on our International women’s day quotes boards on campus.
  • Wear a cultural outfit or dress in purple for £1


 Carlisle – LG:

  • IWD tea party – 3pm to 5pm – LG201 – – Come and joins us for a tea party and hear women speak about what it means to be a woman today, get involved in some activities that will help you celebrate the women who inspire and empower you, and share how you will #pressforprogress in 2018.
  • Have your say on our International women’s day quotes boards on campus.
  • Wear a cultural outfit or dress in purple for £1


Ambleside – The Barn:

  • Have your say on our International women’s day quotes boards on campus.
  • Wear a cultural outfit or dress in purple for £1


Join the conversation on social media using #IWDCumbria and #PressforProgress

For more information on International women’s day, head to

How to Set Career Goals













Be Realistic

Your goals have to be relevant to your education and experience. If you are desperate to achieve something you haven’t trained for then look into the job requirements, and consider further education.

Make Them Achievable

Don’t overwhelm yourself by setting unattainable goals. Becoming a Managing Director of a company in the first year probably isn’t going to happen, but look at the job hierarchy in your company and take steps to progress to the next level.

Include a Timeframe

There is no point having vague goals because then you won’t have an incentive to achieve them. Set a clear timeframe to achieve each goal. Having a five or ten year plan is useful, but you should also think about a clear goal every year.

Break Them Down

Break your ‘main’ career goals down into smaller chunks so you can take steps every month to achieve them. If your plan is to apply for a promotion in a year’s time, think about what you can do every month to stand out and impress your employers.

Don’t Stress

Try not to stress yourself out if things don’t go to plan and you don’t realise your goals as quickly as you had hoped. Keep believing in yourself and know that hard work really does pay off. Don’t get disheartened because you will get there – it may just be with a different company if your current employer isn’t appreciating you!

Amy Durant writes for Inspiring Interns, which specialises in sourcing candidates for internships and graduate jobs.

The value of transferable skills by UoC English and Creative Writing student Holly Morrow


Whether you’re building up your cv or trying your best to sell yourself at a job interview, it’s important to keep in mind what your future employer wants to hear from you. You might not necessarily have experience in the specific job your applying for, but that does not necessarily mean that you’re not capable for the role. Transferable skills are a great way of showcasing your strengths and abilities in a number of ways regardless of experience, and are most definitly something important to remember when it comes to applying for jobs.

So what are transferable skills? says: “Transferable skills are a core set of skills and abilities, which can be applied to a wide range of different jobs and industries” These can come from a range of experiences, from volunteering you may have done in the past or hobbies which require a certain level of ability.

How do these skills relate to my time at university? From participating in lectures to taking part in societies, university can play a vital role in building up your skill set and getting you some good talking points at an interview. Working as part of a team is something many employers are looking for, and is something you can definitely tie in to your time at university. Group work, though it can be something students dread at the time, is a great example you can give to employers about your ability to work together with others. Perhaps certain members couldn’t make certain meetings or didn’t pull their weight? You can reflect on how you worked around these difficulties and adapted to working with a group. You can also highlight your communication skills: maybe you decided to delegate various roles within your group, you can talk about how you were able to discuss the roles and decide on who was best for each position. The end result of some group work can be presentations, and in this case you can impress your future employers by reflecting on your verbal communication, or how you used your organisational skills to put together slides in a specific order to make sure you communicated your points clearly. You can also mention how you balanced your argument with counter points, showing your employer that you have research skills and the ability to express yourself clearly.

Another example could be participating in a university society. Maybe you were delegated a health and safety role. You can show responsibility by reflecting on how you had to do prior checks on venues for events, making sure they are accessible and a safe meeting place for students. You can show teamwork in meetings when discussing events you may planned to create. Here we can see a number of elements coming into play: creativity, events management, organisation, teamwork. All these are transferable skills which can put to work in various job roles. By reflecting on these skills in an interview you are able to show a number of attributes contributing to your working identity. Just talking about these skills will in turn showcase your ability to communicate points clearly and it will become evident that you are a good candidate for the job.

If you’re a bit stuck on finding what transferable skills you may have, you can also research online based on your previous work experiences, or even specific to your particular degree. There is also the Careers and Employability department which are there to help you and get you started in your working life. Make use of the services the university can provide, from mock interviews to personalised appointments, the careers department is a great stepping stone in your career development.

Creative Arts Graduate Careers Fair 2018 – Exhibitors Announced!

The Futures Festival is a three-day event offering Institute of the Arts students the opportunity to hear from industry professionals, get involved in networking and meet potential employers.

Find out more here.


The Creative Arts Graduate Careers Fair gives you the opportunity to speak with potential employers, network and find out about creative arts projects happening in our area.

Event Details
Date: Thursday 1 February 2018
Time: 11am to 2pm
Location: Vallum Gallery, University of Cumbria, Brampton Road campus

Alumni and students from all years are welcome to attend.
Please tell your friends!

Please see the full list of exhibitors already confirmed below (we are still taking bookings and will update you as they come in).

Want the most up-to-date information about our careers fair exhibitors? Book your FREE place at the fair here!


Creative Arts Graduate Careers Fair Exhibitors



01900 62838

Adecco Workington/Carlisle work with clients all over Cumbria and the Scottish Borders, we deal with both Temporary and Permanent roles in both industrial and commercial.

Offering: graduate jobs and agency work.



Electric Theatre Workshop (Carlisle Fringe)

01387 271820

Electric Theatre Workshop is a creative collective that was set up in 2011 by a group of friends who wanted to work creatively with each other.
​Our Creative Industries training is one of our stand out programmes, and over 49 people have trained with us to develop their careers, placing us as one of the UK’s most consistent hot beds for talent development.
Our signature projects bring us much attention, including Big Burns Supper Festival which has become one of Scotland’s leading Festivals.

Offering: paid internships and volunteering opportunities.



Enterprise Rent A Car


Add an annual turnover of more than $20.9 billion to a rental and leasing fleet of over 1.9 million vehicles spread across some 9,600 locations worldwide and you get Enterprise Rent-A-Car – a business that’s grown into the largest car rental company in the world who won Target Jobs Graduate employer 2016.

Offering: graduate jobs, graduate schemes, trainee schemes and paid internships.





Equity is the UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners. As a leading industry organisation, Equity is known and respected nationally and internationally for the work we do with, and on behalf of, our members working across all areas of the entertainment industry.

Offering: trade union membership and tips for a career in the creative sectors.


Graduate Talent Pool

Graduate Talent Pool enables graduates from any discipline to find paid internships in any sector through a simple and easy to use website. We also provide free and impartial advice on graduate internships to any who need it.

Offering: graduate schemes and paid internships.



01931 711 300

We are Inspira, a leading career management and personal development organisation operating in the North West of England. Our mission is to empower young people and adults with the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential in life and work.

Offering: training courses, paid internships and work experience opportunities.



Lakes Alive


Lakes Alive is an arts festival that celebrates landscape, people and place, showcasing and creating world class work for both the outdoors and site specific locations. 7-9th September 2018, Kendal and surrounding areas.

Offering: volunteering opportunities, work experience opportunities and tips for a career in the creative sectors.


Link Recruitment

01228 550181

We at Link Recruitment are proud to work in an industry that transforms lives! We are here to help you find the job that meets your needs whether that’s about finding a new challenge or flexible working hours to fit around your course.

Offering: agency work.



Signal Film and Media

01229 838592

Signal Film & Media is an award-winning charity providing opportunities in film and digital media

Offering: funding opportunities, volunteering opportunities, work experience opportunities, tips for a career in the creative sectors and further training and development.


Theatre by the Lake

017687 72282

Theatre by the Lake is a producing theatre, presenting up to nine of our own productions of classic, modern and new plays throughout the year. Six plays are performed in repertory from May to November by a resident company of up to 14 actors. We aim for the highest standards of production and design and many Theatre by the Lake productions have won multi-star reviews from national and local critics. The theatre hosts a variety of festivals and visiting companies and is open for 52 weeks each year.

Offering: graduate jobs, trainee schemes, work shadowing opportunities and work experience opportunities.



The Mill

The Mill is a visual effects and content creation studio collaborating on VFX, digital and design projects for the advertising, games and music industries. We partner with the world’s best agencies, ground-breaking directors, creative firms and visionary brands.
With over 27 years of insight, we pride ourselves on forming partnerships built on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies.

Offering: graduate jobs, paid internships and tips for a career in the creative sectors.




Ubisoft is 10,000 creative minds spanning 6 continents. With around 85% of its staff devoted to game development, Ubisoft has the 2nd largest in-house creative team in the world. The company’s 27 different creative studios work hand-in-hand each day to deliver rich and innovative gaming experiences that reflect the creativity and diversity of their teams. This cross-studio collaboration model means every team member has the opportunity to participate in challenging projects based on brands including Assassin’s Creed®, For Honor® Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon®, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell®, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Rabbids®, Rayman®, Watch Dogs®, Far Cry®, The Crew®, Just Dance® and more. With an expansive global distribution network, Ubisoft is also a company that stays in close contact with its local fans.

Offering: CV and portfolio reviews on the day of the fair, graduate jobs, graduate schemes and tips for a career in the creative sectors.



UoC Alumni Association

As soon as you graduate you become a member of the alumni association, an international network of over 40,000 graduates. Your relationship with us will continue for life. There are no joining fees, no need to sign up, we will email you as soon as you graduate. All we ask is that you keep your contact details up to date. As an alumnus you will receive exclusive alumni benefits and services, the latest news, event invites and opportunities to stay connected to Cumbria and each other.

Offering: Alumni association membership and opportunities.


UoC Careers and Employability Service

Your Careers and Employability Service is here to help you make the most

of the opportunities available to you before and after graduating. Support is available with: discussing your career options, job search skills, further study options, CVs and applications, interview skills, part-time jobs and placements, graduate jobs, gab year planning and more!

Offering: Careers information, advice and guidance.


UoC Student Enterprise and Placement Support

01228 616201

Helping students, potential students and graduates develop their careers is a crucial part of the Enterprise and Business Development team’s work. Get advice on entrepreneurship and starting or developing your own business. You can also find out more about out paid placements scheme for undergraduate students.

Offering: Student Enterprise support and paid placements.


UoC Students Union (volunteering)

01524 590810

Would you like to make new friends, have fun or do something that benefits others or the environment? Maybe you’d like to apply the learning from your course or build your skills and enhance your professional profile?  Volunteering can help you do all this and more! We run regular volunteering project days, can support you to create your own volunteer project and offer you the chance to apply for opportunities through our website. UCSU is a student-led charity, representing the views and interests of students.

Offering: volunteering opportunities.



UoC UK Recruitment Team

0333 220 4521

The University of Cumbria Student Recruitment team are here to help you make those important decisions about your future. Come along to our stand to speak to our team about starting your undergraduate journey at the University of Cumbria or continuing your studies with us at a postgraduate level. We can also answer any questions you may have about our wide range of courses, the application process and life as a student at the University of Cumbria.

Offering: undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees and CPD courses.


Careers and Employability Service



Paid Placements: Eco Innovation Internships

Paid internships with local businesses

The Enterprise & Business Development team at the University of Cumbria are running two business support programmes that are recruiting students to work with local businesses on innovation research projects.


  • We are recruiting for short term internships – 20 days (140 hrs) maximum
  • You will be paid @ £7.90/hr

The type of project will depend on the individual businesses and will give you the opportunity to focus on a new idea or particular issue that a company has. You will be supported by an academic and someone in the business.


  • Get paid for conducting a research based project with business
  • Link it to your dissertation
  • Apply your learning and demonstrate your creativity
  • Gain insights into business challenges and how to respond
  • Enhance your business skills working alongside and learning from colleagues in the workplace
  • Further develop your employability skills such as communication, team working and organisational skills in the workplace
  • Develop your network and get connected by collaborating with local businesses

How to apply

Current Opportunities: 

Undergraduate Internship with Modular Build Solutions (MBS) – closes midnight, Monday 15 January 2018. Download the MBS Application Pack which includes advert, job description and application form.

Undergraduate Internship with Twoey Educational Resources – closes midnight, Friday 26 January 2018. Download the Twoey Application Pack which includes advert, job description and application form.

Friday Featured Opportunity – Lidl Graduate Schemes

Bring Your Best. We’ll Do The Rest.

Lidl offers a range of graduate schemes in areas such as management and buying. Open to students/graduates from all degree subjects and with starting salaries of £36,000, these programmes offer intensive training and quick progression.

Find out more here.

Deadline – 9 February 2018

Would you like support with you application? Contact


Careers and Employability Service