News Patricia’s farewell art and design
exhibition at Newton Rigg A retiring art and design lecturer at Newton Rigg said good bye to the university this summer by launching a final exhibition of her students’ work.
Patricia Lewington, who has worked at the Penrith campus since 1995, has helped hundreds of students from all walks of life to develop a wide range of creative skills.
“Over the years the courses run here have opened the creative door to people of all abilities, personal circumstances and ages,” she said. “Their achievements have been exciting and remarkable—many undertaken when personal circumstances have been very difficult—but which ultimately gave the students concerned a wonderful sense of achievement.”
The 2010 exhibition displayed an exciting mix of varied artwork involving textiles, painting, drawing, mixed media and metal. Patricia said that numerous students had successfully gone on to work as artists and designer craftspeople, often establishing successful businesses in the
county. Others have gone into higher education or become specialist teachers.
Whilst Patricia is retiring from teaching she is not putting her feet up!
“I aim to be busy with my own research and artwork, integrating digital art techniques with traditional ‘hands on’ art processes using textiles and mixed media,” she explained.
“I am interested in the impact and imbalance caused by the technological and information age on human senses, perception and behaviour. By exploring my own creative responses through both human scale and digital processes I am hoping to creatively comprehend and rebalance the ‘now’ - hopefully producing some exciting art in the process.”
Hong Kong nursing students experience exchange progamme
Five degree-level nursing
students from Hong Kong have visited the university on a six- week placement in Carlisle as part of a student exchange programme from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
The five students, Elaine Lau, Alex Kong, Eunice Kwok, Keiki To and Joyce Chan spent two days attending university classes looking at the underpinning theory of both acute and continuing and palliative care in the UK. The students then spent three days on placement at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. They stayed in halls at the Fusehill Street campus in Carlisle and during their stay they took the opportunity to do some sightseeing around the UK, visiting the Lake District, Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow.
The students arrived on 15 May and returned to Hong Kong on 26 June. They delivered a presentation on 24 June on their UK nursing experience, followed by a farewell party. This is the third year that the programme has run and each year demand has increased. So far only one
student from the University of Cumbria has been on placement in Hong Kong but it is hoped that money can be raised to fund more exchanges in future.
Jeanne Landon-Campbell, course leader for the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing at the university said: “I’m very pleased to have students from Hong Kong with us. They have had a fabulous time here in Carlisle, so much so they are very worried about exceeding the baggage requirement flying home! They would all love to come back and will definitely be recommending the University of Cumbria to other nursing students. This exchange has proved hugely successful with the local NHS Trust too, who welcome the students into the clinical areas to learn about nursing in the UK. According to our colleagues in Hong Kong, ours is the most popular exchange programme with their students.”
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