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4 Tuesday April 2017

University and Cathedral - A New Understanding

The University of Cumbria and Carlisle Cathedral have reached an exciting stage in their relationship that extends beyond the use of the magnificent 900-year old building for the university’s twice-yearly graduation ceremonies.



A Memorandum of Understanding between these two significant institutions in Carlisle has now been signed that demonstrates a willingness to work together for mutual benefit. 


“Engagement with advancing plans for the Fratry at Carlisle Cathedral was the catalyst for an exploratory meeting to explore a possible partnership.  Visits to our university campuses and meetings with academic colleagues all contributed to the scoping of our potential to work together more strategically” said Sandra Booth, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Enterprise, Business Development and Engagement.


The partnership will now be greatly enhanced by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s recent award to the Cathedral Chapter. The Grade 1 listed Fratry building will be carefully   restored, made accessible, and brought into daily use by the addition of excellent new facilities and new key staff appointments. 


Revd Canon Jan Kearton commented “here at the Cathedral, we look forward to a time when our grounds and buildings will be filled with the fresh buzz and energy that young people bring, and to a deepening and enriching friendship with new University colleagues.”


Operational plans and specific subject agreements will now be developed with the potential for research and training, student placements, joint lecture programmes and new curriculum development across many subject areas.