Visit of Malaysian royal family
Malaysian nursing students will soon be reaping the benefits of gaining a qualification from the university.
On Monday 19 July, the Crown Prince and Princess of Perlis and other Malaysian dignitaries visited the Lancaster campus to see health equipment and educational facilities and speak to the tutors who will be delivering the programmes.
This new learning partnership has been forged between the Allianze College of Medical Sciences in Perlis, in the north of Malaysia, and the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, reinforcing ever-expanding international links. The Crown Princess is president of the college and was keen to see resources at the campus where the BSc and MSc programmes will be taught via distance learning.
Executive Dean for the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Dr Robin Talbot, said: “It is a huge honour for us to welcome the Malaysian royal party. This agreement between our two institutions will increase the opportunities open to their students and strengthen our expanding links with Malaysia. Current teaching technologies now make it possible for us to deliver effective tuition to other parts of the globe without the need for students to travel here.”
Can you hear our story?
The mental health lecturing team, in association with Carlisle Eden Mind, hosted a conference in June at the Fusehill Street Learning Gateway entitled ‘Can you hear our story?’
The conference focused on the learning that comes from listening to the experiences of people with mental health problems and their journey towards recovery. Keynote speakers were Peter Bullimore (Hearing Voices Network), who told the powerful story of his journey through psychosis, and Sue Baker, director of the national ‘Time to Change Campaign’ aimed at ending the discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.
The conference drew delegates from a range of disciplines and included interactive workshops which focused on the mental health service users and carers’ experiences of their mental health challenges.
The involvement of national and international keynote speakers and the ongoing close collaboration between the University of Cumbria and Carlisle Eden Mind, resulted in a tremendously successful conference, encouraging attendees to engage in the ongoing struggle to create a society in which those with mental health problems are seen as accepted and valued members.
SDF bid successful
Additional HEFCE funding secured to support major university restructure
In July the university received confirmation from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) that its recent funding bid for £5m had been successful.
The university bid for additional resource from HEFCE’s Strategic Development Fund earlier this year to support its restructuring and development plans. The fund is available to all higher education institutions, to support specific strategic projects/activity.
Vice Chancellor Graham Upton said: “This is really good news and the university is extremely grateful to HEFCE for its continued support. This additional resource, which is in the form of a repayable grant, will ensure we can support the major restructuring work to reshape and resize this new institution for the future. We have a secure base now to move forward and this decision will support the continuing progress which is being made throughout our recovery process and in our plans to meet the challenging public expenditure environment that lies ahead.”
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