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Want to make your American dream come true?

Want to make your American dream come true?

            University of Cumbria student, Katie-May Garrett had the experience of a life time this year when she contacted US summer camp agency, Camp Leaders. Not only did she get the chance to live in America for three long months, she also met new friends for life and was paid […]

Cumbria's Bitcoin Future

Cumbria’s Bitcoin Future

Bitcoin usage is going from strength to strength at the University Of Cumbria. In January the University became the first in the world to accept the digital currency as a payment method for tuition fees on two of its IFLAS (Institute for leadership and sustainability) courses. PhD student Leander Bindewald, 34, was the first student […]

Christmas Wrapping

Christmas Wrapping

  Carols by Candlelight is back for another year, this time though with a rap twist. The popular service will include a rap remix music video of the Christmas carol God rest ye merry gentlemen, put together by Andy Dyke, a member of the University of Cumbria’s chaplaincy team. The track has already amassed 20,000 […]

Jake Holroyd kicks off Performing Arts Original Pieces

Jake Holroyd kicks off Performing Arts Original Pieces

Every year at the University of Cumbria, final year performing arts students are given the task of producing their very own original show. Whether they choreograph, write, direct or star in their show, the work must be completely original. The Informer is previewing a different original piece every week during originals season, this week it’s […]

Graduates put off uni by fees increase

Graduates put off uni by fees increase

DEMO2012, protesting the fees increase. Photo: Rebekah Ruddock Many Cumbria University graduates wouldn’t have received their degrees had they been affected by the fees increase. After collecting their degrees at Carlisle Cathedral, some graduates told The Informer how they might not have bothered at all if they had to pay triple tuition fees, and some […]

The end of the British music festival?

The end of the British music festival?

If you are hoping to get to a British music festival this summer, you’ll be disappointed that there aren’t any. You may, however, buy tickets to see the top 10 singles chart come together to play the same set list up and down the country. Festivals attract thousands of people, and their easily lead wallets, every year […]

‘The only person who can help Gazza is himself’

Paul Gascoigne has made the headlines once again in the last couple of weeks, after his appearance at a charity event in Northampton. The former England star, 45, shook and sobbed during a question and answer session, which was cut short as a result. Fans were said to be ‘shocked’ by his appearance. This prompted […]

Student band to play all-day charity cancer gig

Student band to play all-day charity cancer gig

L to R: Adam Millington, ‘The Sloath’ – Drums; Celt Davies Kenny, ‘Celt’ – Vocals/Guitar; Arron Frodsham, ‘The Wizard’ – Guitar; and Jonathan Snodgrass, ‘Alchemist’ – Bass Guitar Lancashire Metal act Mammoth Axe, featuring current and former Cumbria students, are making their live debut this Saturday at an all day gig at the Yorkshire House […]

Disappointing student turn out for six quid special

Disappointing student turn out for six quid special

It was a disappointment not only on the field, where the side lost 3-0, but also in the stands when around 30 students turned up to see Carlisle United clash with Walsall, despite the discounted student tickets. The University of Cumbria and Carlisle College teamed up with Carlisle United at the back end of last […]

British students abroad

British students abroad

Venturing abroad is considered to be a common rite of passage for many university students. Travel organisations from around the UK are now doing the utmost they can to promote their trip offers following the influx of students seeking to go abroad. Leading travel companies suggest that the amount of younger people planning gap year […]

Futsal: The Saviour of English Football?

Futsal: The Saviour of English Football?

With the English game currently in its well-publicised state of disarray, could the problem be solved by changing the way the game is taught at a grassroots level? Futsal is played between two teams of five players on a hard pitch, with a smaller ball which has less bounce than a traditional football. All these […]

Apps for students

Apps for students

All smartphones come with pre-installed applications, often shortened to just ‘apps’. These provide the user with content, specifically for information and/or entertainment. But first, these tiny computers must have an operating system which is able to run these apps and because of competition, there are many operating systems to contend with. But applications are not […]

Is porn still seen as taboo?

Remember the days when pornography was such a big secret? Both guys and girls would run to their room, lock the door, switch on the computer, knock one out and then delete the internet history as if nothing had happened. It wasn’t as seedy as I am making out, of course more tasteful videos existed […]

USCU hosts gay marriage debate

USCU hosts gay marriage debate

The Panel: (From L to R) Matthew Firth, Pam Eland, Eric Ollerenshaw MP and, Stuart Stokell The University of Cumbria’s student union held a debate on gay marriage last month, following the parliamentary vote which saw the government’s plans to introduce same-sex marriage pass by 400 votes to 175. The panel – and most of the […]

Are boybands Back For Good?

Are boybands Back For Good?

The nineties and early noughties saw some of the most successful boybands ever: Take That, N*SYNC and Backstreet Boys all stormed the charts with their pop melodies, but soon the market died out and RnB based acts were central to popular music for the next ten years.