Sunset at Ravenglass

About West Cumbria

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. 

Ravenglass Village Ravenglass Village



St Bee’s Head Heritage Coast
St Bee’s Head Heritage Coast

Whitehaven Harbour
Whitehaven Harbour

Derwentwater and Skiddaw
Derwentwater and Skiddaw

Fleswick Bay
Fleswick Bay

UCLan in West Cumbria

UCLan has a key role in education in West Cumbria and is actively involved in the wider academic community of West Cumbria.

West Cumberland Medical Education Centre.

The School of Medicine offers programmes based at the West Cumberland Medical Education Centre.


West Lakes Academy, Egremont

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.

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