Government official Mr Alex Aiken visits the University of Cumbria

Last week a government official visited students at the University of Cumbria as part of a two-day trip to the county.

The Executive Director of Government Communications, Mr. Alex Aiken, visited the Fusehill Street University campus in Carlisle.

Where he met Vice-Chancellor Professor Julie Mennell to learn more about some of the key partnerships and projects the university is involved in.

Professor Julie Mennell said: “We are delighted that Alex Aiken came to visit our university, which allowed us to share with him our progress and our ambitions to build on our achievements to date.

“We are firmly rooted in the prosperity and success of Cumbria, the wider Borderlands and the North West, with a strong focus on place and partnership.

“Since our inception in 2007, we have diversified our portfolio to meet the emerging needs of employers, students and our region.

Professor Mennell added: “Informed by the development of industry strategies and skills plans from our local business partnerships, and our work with employers, as we move towards 2030, providing vital upskilling/reskilling solutions remains a key priority for us.”

Discussions focused on The Carlisle Business Exchange initiative and the Center for Digital Transformation. Both are part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal project to build a new university campus on the Carlisle Citadels site.

His visit to the Carlisle campus followed a panel discussion on the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Agreement with Cumbria LEP, the National Farmers Union (NFU), the university and other business representatives.

The roundtable, held in Penrith, focused on the government’s investments in the Borderlands project in transport, digital connectivity, green energy and tourism.

Executive Director of Government Communications, Mr Alex Aiken, said: “It was great to meet the Vice-Chancellor and members of her team at the University of Cumbria today.

“It was encouraging to learn of the university’s involvement in the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal and to hear how the Citadels business infrastructure project will drive local and regional growth, develop skills and opportunities, and contribute to the plan. government to level up in Cumbria.

“It was wonderful talking to the students about government communications, career opportunities and his important role in public service.”

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