Category Archives: Fun

What can the Great British Sewing Bee teach you about careers?

what can the great british sewing bee teach you about careers

The careers team love the Great British Sewing Bee (GBSB) – the Carlisle (Fusehill St) team also enjoy a crafting lunch time once a week, referred to as ‘Woolly Wednesday’ – open to all.

The show, if you’re not familiar with it, is a sewing contest pitching amateur sewers against each other to create and adjust items of clothing set by the judges. The whole ethos of the show is to encourage you to give crafting a go, much like the Great British Bake-off is for baking.

Sewing has a plethora of transferable skills such as planning, organisation, resource acquisition (shopping for the correct items and having enough), patience and is a great example of lone working and motivation. Other elements that can be brought in is research, especially if you are trying out new techniques or want to find a particular pattern.

Putting craft skills (not of the Fairuza Balk kind) on a CV is a good way to show you are creative and have ingenious ways of thinking. Crafting can generate interesting analogies about difficult tasks and planning that can be interesting and memorable at interview.

Back to the GBSB! It is a contest which shows competitive edge and the entrants push themselves and take risks to try to gain an advantage. Like all competitions, you see people leave. Losing isn’t a failing – it shows resilience if you continue with your hobby after a set-back.

Post written by Sarah Burrough, GBSB superfan.

Extracurricular activities and why you should do them

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In the Career Ahead award it asks you to participate in and reflect on extracurricular activities. They are important. Not just as part of student life but going forward. So… this is my huge list of why you should partake in them.

  • Getting out and trying new things is good for you, even if you decide that a particular activity isn’t for you!
  • Meet people and networking. You never know what sort of interesting people you might meet: a new friend, someone who you may end up working with, a date for your house mate
  • Self-development, you are showing people that you spend time on yourself – you’re independent, you’re willing to learn and you’re open minded
  • Developing employable attributes and strengths like leadership, self-motivation and perseverance
  • Evidence for your attributes and strengths that can be used on a CV or interview situations that will be different and more interesting to those who don’t do extracurricular activities
  • They can generate great anecdotes for social occasions or can be used in presentations and interviews
  • Gain more knowledge, you never know when it might come in useful – even if it is in a pub quiz
  • Keep fit/active with sports and learn key-skills like team work
  • A change from day to day life
  • See the world, travel
  • Getting creative, help your mind develop new ways of thinking
  • Improve yourself, if you can already do something do it better – like a different style of cuisine or become more proficient at a language
  • An outlet for stress
  • Keep your brain sharp – metal agility keeps you young
  • Campaign and have your say with political and action groups
  • Get the feel-good-factor by raising money for a charity/charities you feel passionate about
  • Getting to know people in your community and local neighbourhood
  • Volunteer – it’ll make you feel great about yourself and the things that can be achieved
  • Extracurricular activitiesRight, here is my favourite reason to do Extracurricular Activities… This is a reasonably old picture of Sergey Brine and Larry Page, who are two guys that meet at university because one of them was a Student Ambassador. They went on to found Google.



Written by Sarah Burrough, available for all your guest blogging needs!

TEDx is coming to the University of Cumbria!


TEDx, an independently organised TED event, is coming to Carlisle for one night only!

Tickets available on the UoC TEDx website here.


The Theme

For the first ever University of Cumbria TEDx event the theme ‘Progression’ has been chosen, this ties in nicely with university life and can have a broad interpretation. Expect talks on career progression, the progression of ideas and much more. The event speakers really have had some great ideas on what progression means to them and the world.


The Speakers:

  • Andy Beeforth – Chief Executive Cumbria Community foundation
  • Jacqui Filkins – Honoury Fellow, advisor to EU on health matters – Sustainability Strategies.
  • Brenda Crossley – Graduate – Aging & Adapting With Technology.
  • Nathan Roberts – Zoo Keeper – Conservation and Effective Communication.
  • Phillip Wilson – Musician. Making Music Accessible For All.
  • Annie Weir – Self-published creative writing graduate – Age Is Not A Barrier.

Developing a great line-up for this event has been tough, there are just so many talented people with great ideas! There will be something for everyone with six super talented speakers all with unique ideas to share from varied backgrounds. Be sure to check out the event blog here for updates on speakers with details about them and their talks.



Thursday 5th May 2016 at 18.30 until 21.30



The event will be held in the University of Cumbria’s Fusehill Street campus close to the centre of Carlisle in the Learning Gateway Lecture Theatre.

University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, CA1 2HH



A ticket must be purchased to ensure attendance. Just to make it even harder to resist temptation you will get a free beer and a burger with each ticket. Now that’s food for thought…

Tickets are £8.49 per person (including booking fees)

Tickets available on the UoC TEDx website here.



About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Find out more on the TED website.

New to TED? Here’s 11 must see TED talks.


This event is being organised by Ben Parker (University of Cumbria Events Management Student)


Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 20/03/2015


The successful applicant will win:

   A VIP tour of the Swizzels factory in Derbyshire including travel expenses and accommodation.

   A tasting session of new Swizzels products

   Involvement in future development of Swizzels sweets.

   A year’s supply of Swizzels goodies.


Apply online with either a written or video application. Visit the website for more details:

Career Ahead Showcase Week!

Next week is ‘Career Ahead Showcase Week’ in Lancaster, from 16th-20th March.

Don’t miss out on your chance to find out about teaching, nursing, volunteering, summer work and part-time jobs, as well as graduate internships and a range of other graduate employment opportunities! Check out our programme of events below!

The week timetable

Creative Networking Event at UoC!


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 here hurry hurry, we expect places to go quickly! If you have any questions in advance of booking, please do not hesitate to contact us. 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


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:



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