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University of Cumbria Vice Chancellor’s dinner

On Thursday 24 November I had the pleasure of being a guest at the Vice Chancellor’s dinner hosted as part of the University of Cumbria’s 10 year anniversary celebrations.  The perfect venue of The Garden at Eden set the scene for the evening.  Neil Harris, the Registrar and Secretary for the University provided a great warm up to launch the event before guests were formally welcomed by the University’s Chairman, Euan Cartwright.  Sensational entertainment from the University’s choir orchestrated by the exceptional Professor Graeme Danby followed which moved everyone in the room and prompted a request for more.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Julie Mennell captured everyone’s attention with inspirational words of the University’s achievements now that it is embedded in the community and economy of our area, highlighting that more than 30,000 students have graduated, contributing over £230 million to the economy with a big chunk of that in Cumbria and North Lancashire.  With the University’s influential involvement in training teachers and health professionals, our students shape lives, save lives and enrich lives.  The Vice Chancellor is keen to build on these achievements even further, underlining that strong relationships and partnerships are now being formed.

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, the first Chancellor of the University, gave a very entertaining talk starting with the wise words “be the change that we want to see” and emphasising that the University was built on different foundations from the legacy institutions which all bring their own richness.  He commented on the moving uniqueness of the graduations being held this week in Carlisle Cathedral accentuating that the University is a wonderful treasure.

All in all a fantastic night and it is great to see the success of our University of Cumbria.

David Allen

Posted: November 24th, 2017