West Cumbria enjoys a world class environment and landscape, presenting unrivalled opportunities for leisure and an excellent quality of life. The breath taking scenery and strong communities make it a great place to live and work.
West Cumbria is blessed with a number of rich environmental and cultural landscapes. To the north there is the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) while the south is renowned for its spectacular sunsets and St Bee’s Head, the start of Wainwright’s famous Coast-to-Coast walk.
The Lake District National Park falls within West Cumbria and is home to England’s highest mountain- Scafell Pike and the smallest church at Wasdale Head, voted Britain’s Favourite view.
There are Roman artefacts at the Senhouse Museum near Maryport and various local heritage centres which celebrate West Cumbria’s absorbing industrial history.
Today, the energy and nuclear industries, based around the nuclear complex at Sellafield, are vital to the area. They provide over 20 thousand jobs and gives West Cumbria contacts with international companies, technologies and communities around the world. For scientists, technologists and engineers, West Cumbria is a great place to work, with genuinely global opportunities.
With UCLan’s Westlakes campus, the Samuel Lindow Foundation and the University of Manchester’s Dalton Cumbria facility, West Cumbria has one of the highest concentrations of research-degree holders in the UK.
As part of the ‘British Energy Coast’ regeneration initiative, West Cumbria aims to establish itself as a major generator of low carbon and renewable energy. The area hopes to provide new, exciting opportunities for businesses and inward investors, and sustain its long-established local communities.
St Bee’s Head Heritage Coast
Derwentwater and Skiddaw
UCLan has enjoyed a partnership with the successful Lakes College for the past eight years. The College offers UCLan certificates in post-16 teaching and the lifelong learning section. Working closely with UCLan Lakes College delivers a very successful teacher training programme, which is currently graded outstanding and has an exemplary pass rate.
The College works alongside the University to deliver a higher education programme to support the Britain’s Energy Coast ‘Master plan’ and is also part of Britain’s Energy Coast Campus.
Cath Richardson, Principal of Lakes College, said:
“We have forged strong links with UCLan, to deliver a higher education programme giving essential opportunities to local people and businesses to obtain the qualifications they need. Higher education is an ongoing priority for Lakes College and we will continue to develop an innovative and robust programme in partnership with UCLan.”
UCLan at Westlakes are delighted to work with Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) and their Energy Coast Campus to achieve the further, fuller development of education in West Cumbria.
BEC aims to ensure West Cumbria becomes recognised as a crucial energy-generating asset for the UK, whilst at the same time helping Britain meet its challenging carbon reduction commitments. Alongside this, BEC hope to create an environment where a wide variety of businesses can diversify, innovate and grow. The intention is to provide economic stability, security and job opportunities for people in West Cumbria for generations to come.
A dynamic one-stop-shop, BEC is already impacting on economic development in West Cumbria. It provides; business support, financial and project management for energy innovation initiatives and delivers capital and skills related projects. West Cumbria also benefits from a high quality commercial services and Westlakes Science and Technology Park and managed workspace premises in Workington, Lillyhall and Threlkeld near Keswick.
Britain’s Energy Coast website can provide further information.
UCLan has a key role in education in West Cumbria and is actively involved in the wider academic community of West Cumbria.
UCLan, in conjunction with Sellafield Ltd and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, is a sponsor and education partner of West Lakes Academy.
The Academy is a coeducational school with around one thousand 11-19 year old students. Specialising in science and the arts, the Academy has a new, state of the art building which enables the curriculum to be delivered in creative and innovative ways.
Vanessa Ray, the Principal of West Lakes Academy says:
“We are delighted that UCLan is the academy’s education partner. UCLan has a significant HE presence in West Cumbria and is the first choice university for many of the students at the academy. The academy provides a clear academic pathway to UCLan and links with UCLan start as soon as students arrive and continue through to the sixth form. Students from the academy enjoy taking part in a large and varied range of activities that are provided by UCLan.”
You can find out more information at the West Lakes Academy website.
UCLan is a member of the Samuel Lindow Foundation, an independent educational charity based on the Westlakes Science and Technology Park in West Cumbria.
The mission of the Foundation is to advance the education of the public and by doing so secure real public benefit.
In conjunction with West Cumbria’s ‘British Energy Coast’ development, the Foundation recognises that we are stewards of the planet and members of a global community. It promotes the development of education, collaboration and the international exchange of science and culture to advance knowledge, understanding, opportunities and the flow of ideas.
You can find out more information at the Samuel Lindow Foundation website.
The UCLan Westlakes campus works with Copeland Borough Council to establish a ‘Coastal Communities’ theme within its activities in West Cumbria. This international project hopes to connect West Cumbria with other UCLan campuses and communities around the world.
The project, which began as a celebration of World Environment Day 2012, will run a series of events in West Cumbria to connect local communities with their own heritage and that of others around the world. It is hoped to encourage a curiosity about the world, about people and about life.
Whitehaven Maritime Festival
St Bee's Beach