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Furniture Matters offer free skills courses

2/3/12: Local recycling business Furniture Matters have announced they are offering free courses where you can learn a new skill such as fixing a washer, building a computer, warehousing, customer service and horticulture.

University opens doors again to meet national demand

10/11/11: The University of Cumbria, which has a campus in Lancaster at St. Martins, is holding an additional open day due to large numbers of students applying to visit the campuses. The Friday 2nd December open day has been added to the calendar for students making their undergraduate course applications in January for September 2012 entry.

University of Cumbria offers clearing opportunities open to disappointed students

18/8/11: Disappointed students who have received their A Level results today can call the University of Cumbria’s Clearing hotline for help and advice. The University has set up a call centre to deal with the hundreds of calls expected over the next days and weeks from students looking for places starting in September.

University of Cumbria launches support packages for students

12/7/11: Future University of Cumbria students will have access to additional scholarships and bursaries thanks to the university's new Access Agreement - a scheme that will especially help locals.

Moorside Parents' Group boosted by petition

27/4/10: More than 500 people have already signed a petition backing moves by Lancaster's Moorside School governors to resist attempts to allow unregulated access to the Lancaster school’s grounds.

University opens up facilities for Local Artists

3/7/09: The University of Cumbria is offering the opportunity for four local artists to utilise its arts facilities in Lancaster and Carlisle for free, thanks to the Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) project.

Moorside opens its doors to a primary school experience

2/6/09: Moorside School, Lancaster is opening its doors for a day to give parents and children an insight into primary school life. The open day takes place on Friday, 12 June from 9.00am until 3.00pm when everyone is welcome to explore the corridors, classrooms and extensive grounds of the school and see for themselves the teachers and children in action during lesson time.

Cash Boost for University of Cumbria

23/1/09: It's just been announced that Britain’s newest academic centre for learning, the University of Cumbria, has secured £26m over the next eight years, bringing hundreds of new jobs to the region. The UoC has campuses and sites in Ambleside and Lancaster (formerly St. Martins College) and elsewhere.

Hornby High Plans Under Review

19/1/09: New proposals to close Hornby High School, which are being fought by locals, will be discussed by Lancaster City Council’s Overview and Scrutiny committee later this month. The renewed proposals to close the school come just a year after the County decided not to proceed with plans to close it and Skerton High, after fierce opposition from parents and staff.

Putting an End to University Research?

12/12/08: An article in subtext ( notes that Lancaster University Vice-Chancellor Paul Wellings has been advising the government to close down research funding to Lancaster and have it as primarily just a teaching establishment, if one can read clearly between the lines of his recent report to John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

Free Teaching Taster courses at the University of Cumbria

24/11/08: The University of Cumbria is holding a free three-day introduction to teaching course from the 25 to 27 November at the Lancaster Campus. The course will focus on three areas which are under represented in the teaching profession including black and minority ethnic recruitment into teaching, secondary (STEM) shortage subjects and attracting men into primary teaching.

Lancaster University's new "Early Years" Programme Uneviled

28/10/08: Early years workers from throughout the North West will have the chance to learn more about a pioneering new programme, being offered by CETAD, Lancaster University next Tuesday, 4 November.

School closure plans prompt meetings

13/11/07: Parents, teachers and other interested parties have been invited to attend special meetings being organised by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Lancaster City Council to discuss proposals by Lancashire County Council to close two Lancaster schools.