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Westlakes Campus

If you’re looking for a refreshing change of lifestyle and access to the great outdoors then you’ll love studying at our Westlakes Campus in Cumbria, which offers global opportunities in stunning surroundings.

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Our picturesque campus is based on the Westlakes Science and Technology Park in the tranquil surroundings of West Cumbria, just three miles from Whitehaven. We offer a wide range of innovative and vocational courses in Medicine and Nursing from here. It’s a bright, modern learning environment where you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including clinical skills laboratories. It’s also home to the University’s National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine (NCRRM), which trains clinicians in all aspects of medicine relating to living, working and recreation in remote and rural environments.

Our Westlakes Campus is playing an instrumental role in enhancing the economic, social and cultural standing of the local area, which is often described as Britain’s ‘energy coast.’ The presence of leading energy industries in the locality is driving innovation, attracting inward investment and creating truly global opportunities for graduates in the fields of science, technology and engineering. Studying at Westlakes opens up exciting opportunities for you to undertake placements in rural communities and gain work experience with global companies.

You’ll benefit from small class sizes and a friendly, supportive environment. On site you’ll find a well-stocked library, computer suites, a restaurant and a coffee shop. We also offer free parking on campus. And we're always available whenever you need advice or support – our Student Services Team are on campus to help you with every aspect of University life, including accommodation, financial matters, council tax exemption forms and letter requests, personal wellbeing and a whole lot more.

At Westlakes you’re within easy reach of restaurants, bars, supermarkets, high street stores and medical centres located in nearby Whitehaven, just three miles from the campus and easily reached by public transport.

If you’ve got a taste for adventure then you’ll love spending your weekends in the nearby Lake District, England’s largest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with endless opportunities for hiking, watersports or just soaking up the breathtaking scenery. It’s home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and its largest lake, Windermere, together with Wasdale Head, which was recently voted ‘Britain’s Favourite View.’ To the north is the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), while St Bee’s Head along the western edge marked the start of Alfred Wainwright’s famous coast-to-coast walk.

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How to find us

Download our Westlakes Campus map.

By road, starting south of Carlisle: If you are journeying from the south to Westlakes, you should leave the M6 motorway at junction 40 and take the A66 west past Keswick and Cockermouth. Then take the A595 south until you pass Workington and Whitehaven.

By road, starting north of Carlisle: Leave the M6 motorway at junction 43 and journey on the A595 from Carlisle. Progress south, passing by Cockermouth, along the A66 briefly, then back onto the A595 past Workington and Whitehaven.

At the Science Park: The Westlakes Science and Technology park is approximately two and a half miles south of Whitehaven, and is clearly signposted on the left of the road. On leaving the A595, turn onto the science park and take the first left at the roundabout signed Crow Park Way. Take the first right and continue until you reach a T-junction, turn left and the UCLan building is on your left hand side.

Car parking

Parking is available to the rear and on both sides of the building.

We recommend making your way to Whitehaven Railway Station. From there the Campus is a 10 minute taxi ride away.