University Of Cumbria Newton Rigg

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University Of Cumbria Newton Rigg

Welcome to the Newton Rigg College website, which we hope will provide you with all the information you need to make the best choice about your education and training.

We are a specialist land based college and offer a large range of courses which will set you up for a career doing what you feel passionate about. Whether you are leaving school, interested in degree-level courses, want an apprenticeship or would like to take up a new activity or learn new skills to help you do your job and improve your job prospects, Newton Rigg College is such a great place to study.

As one of the top colleges in the UK, graded as ’good’ for our teaching and ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for our care provision and accommodation, we pride ourselves on making all of our students feel welcome and providing a great learning experience.

If you are an employer responsible for staff training or apprenticeships again we can assist, to find out more about the training and support we can offer please get in touch here.

Any questions, please do get in touch as we would love to hear from you.

Catherine Dixon, Chief Executive Officer
Catherine joined Askham Bryan College in 2017 having been Chief Executive of The Law Society. A solicitor by profession, Catherine has also held roles as the Chief Executive of the NHS Litigation Authority, General Counsel and Company Secretary at the NSPCC and the Commercial Director at BUPA Care Services. Originally from Hull, Catherine spent four years in Canada where she took time out of the office to work as an Outward Bound Instructor. Catherine is a trustee of a number of charities including the animal charity, the PDSA.

With a passion for the outdoors, Catherine is an ex-army officer, a mountain leader, a qualified sea kayak guide and instructor, canoe and cross country ski instructor.

Newton Rigg College, part of Askham Bryan College – one of the leading land-based colleges in the UK, is part of the largest provider of specialist land-based further education in England.

Newton Rigg College is situated on the edge of the Lake District and within walking distance of the market town of Penrith. We’re proud to be part of the fastest growing land-based College group in the country, thanks to our range of existing courses, great teaching and fantastic facilities. We not only offer courses in the land-based sector (agriculture, gamekeeping, animal and equine management, forestry, horticulture and agricultural engineering), we also offer general Further Education courses as well (uniformed public services, sport – indoor and outdoor, hairdressing and beauty therapy, childhood studies and health and social care).

We have courses to suit just about everyone, whether you are looking for an entry level starter course, an interesting practical course that gives you qualifications to go to University, a work-based learning course, which means you can earn whilst you learn, or anything in between. Our residential campus at Newton Rigg has a thriving social scene with good food and fantastic extra curricula activities.

Our lecturers all have a vast knowledge of their subject areas and many have had considerable experience working in industry. The staff who work in supporting roles are also dedicated to helping our students achieve their goals.

We’re a very friendly College and there’s lots to do when you’re not studying. If you’re interested in studying with us, you really do need to come and see for yourself. It could be your first step towards a new experience and a great career.