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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 06/12/13

Marked Events are looking for a Written Communication Specialist … … are you the person for the job? Marked Events are busier than ever, with lots of exciting top-secret projects in the pipeline. Because they keep growing, they require someone to write compelling content across all areas of the business. They are looking for a dynamic and passionate copywriter to join the team at their offices in Preston, Lancashire.

marked events ltd logo

The Job:
You’ll serve as part of a brilliant team of passionate, entertaining and clever people dedicated to delivering excellence it all we do. We’re a relatively small team when contrasted with the huge events we manage, so it’s crucial for us to hire someone who enjoys a broad and multi-faceted position. Some of the best parts of the job you’ll need to see to believe – like BPM, the world’s biggest event for DJs. The show is a hectic, crazy, wild event that will absolutely blow you away. We’re looking for someone who will work their socks off throughout the event and then crack open a beer with the team at the end of it all feeling immensely proud to have been involved. Other responsibilities will include writing website and leaflet copy, magazine articles, news items, press releases, blog posts and social media updates. You’ll also conduct interviews, review compilation CDs and make the occasional brew. There will also be an editorial aspect to the role, so be prepared to flex your proofreading muscles!

We’re a friendly bunch and want someone who is going to fit in. If you are passionate about grammar and crafting creative copy, can fit in well with a close-knit group of fun and hardworking people and have a good sense of humour, then that sounds like you. This is a full-time role based at our office in Preston, which has free parking and good transport links. Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm, with a half an hour break for lunch. However, we’re not looking for a clock-watcher, but someone who will enjoy their work and put in the time needed to complete their tasks to a high standard. We would like our new employee to start in January 2014.

About Marked Events Ltd:
We are Marked Events Ltd. We are also Dancefloor Couture, the BPM & PRO shows and also Pro Mobile magazine. As you can tell, we’ve got our fingers in a few different pies, which is just how we like it! Essentially, we’re a young, creative and forward thinking media, events and entertainment company. Our core business is within the DJ and sound & lighting sector. We manage live events, exhibitions, conferences, publishing and online media. We use cutting-edge technology and the latest media tools to provide effective B2B & B2C communications for our in-house publications and events, as well as our external clients.

For more information, you can find the vacancy on our JobShop (ref: CUM131129/40)

Before submitting your application, spend some time at,, and to better understand what we do. If you like what you see, then send your CV, a covering letter and some relevant examples of your written work to by Friday the 20th of December 2013.

Assessment Centres – Practice Makes Perfect?

Many students worry about what will happen in a job interview, but increasingly the key phase of the selection process for many UK companies is the Assessment Centre. Usually only offered to candidates who have passed the initial stages of selection, such as an online application form or a telephone interview, assessment centres are a longer event, typically lasting one or possibly more days.

Elements that tend to be included in an assessment centre are:

  • Psychometric tests
  • Group discussion exercises
  • E-tray or in tray prioritisation exercises
  • Business case studies
  • Presentations
  • In-depth interviews

Candidates are under fairly intense scrutiny and are often very aware of competing each other, which may lead to some rather unnatural behaviour. According to careers advisers, some of the phrases that indicate successful performance are:  speaking up (without being unduly dominant), taking a lead, “building” on the contributions of others, keeping an eye on time, analysing facts, facilitating, awareness of the ‘big picture’. Much of this focus is on how people work together in teams so it may be worth studying something about group dynamics in business situations.

But nothing beats having a try! Many careers services are now offering practice sessions on Assessment Centres to students and the University of Cumbria is no exception. On 13th November, we plan to run two practice assessment centres in collaboration with Enterprise Rent-a-Car at our Lancaster campus (exact location to be confirmed).  Priority will be offered to students from the New Business School but a large number of places will be available, so watch your student globals at the start of next session.

If you can’t wait until then, here are a couple of links to help you gen up on the subject of Assessment Centres:


FAQ: Where can I get advice on which postgraduate course to study?

A good starting point is the Graduate Prospects website, which has a whole section on postgraduate study at  As well as general information about key things to consider and funding information, you can find detailed information on specific University Departments and a search facility so that you can look for postgraduate courses in the UK that may interest you.

At the University of Cumbria, campus libraries contain copies of postgraduate prospectuses sent to us by many Universities as well as hard copies of the Prospects Postgraduate Directory, Prospects Postgraduate Funding Guide and Prospects Postgrad UK (quarterly magazine).  Many public lending libraries will also hold copies of these publications.

You may also find some more specialised information about specific career or study areas.  For example, if you are looking for postgraduate teacher training courses has full details about how to apply and an online application system.  Or if you are interested in Psychology courses, you can find details about the various options at   These are just two examples.

It’s important to consider your reasons for wanting to do postgraduate study and the relative importance of your eventual career choice.  A postgraduate course is by no means a ticket to a guaranteed job, so ask course tutors carefully about the destinations of previous students if career outcomes are important to you.

If you are looking at doing a postgraduate qualification by research rather than a taught degree, you will need to take the initiative in structuring and organising the research and choosing a supportive research tutor you feel you can work with can become almost as important as the choice of research topic.  There are also an increasing number of postgraduate courses taught by distance learning.

University of Cumbria students and graduates who want to discuss their postgraduate options in depth can feel free to contact us  by email

The Future of Careers Information

My discovery of Career Player (see today’s ealier post) via Twitter has set me thinking a bit.

Although Career Player concentrates on a few main popular careers for graduates – Marketing, Banking, Advertising and Finance – could we be starting to see the introduction of whole careers libraries based on well-produced and informative videos?

There is already a similar product aimed at non-graduates called Careers Box. And, as a writer I’m noticing that Prospects are no longer commissioning many freelance careers updates and reducing the scope of the articles they offer, while jobs4U have currently suspended updates to the careers database for six months.

I wonder if everyone is taking breath before the next generation of careers information – databases of video information heavily sponsored by participating companies?

Is the old-style, publicly funded careers handout, even in its web format, about to die off completely?