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Immortalised on Film!


When our students and staff from the Earth Sciences Department were on a field trip to the Lake District they didn’t expect to come across a film crew.

The BBC were making a programme, “Life of a Mountain: A Year on Blencathra!”, a film about, ‘the people’s mountain’, from a range of different perspectives – the residents, children and visitors – with contributions from the comedian Ed Byrne and writer and presenter, Stuart Maconie.

The programme aired on BBC 4 on Valentine’s Day, February 14th ’17. Aquinas appear around the 19.10 minute mark, with eagle eyed viewers spotting our Principal, Danny Pearson along with department staff and students.

In the film Richard Peasland, (Tutor, Blencathra Field Studies Centre) shared his thoughts on the students time on their fieldtrip, “learning about flooding and the hydrology in the river”, and how it is a fantastic support for their geography course.

Our students provide their thoughts on being able to take the theory outside the classroom, “makes it a lot easier to understand”, “more understanding of what the river is like”, essentially bringing concepts into a real world context.

To watch the programme, available until 9.00pm on March 21st ’17, go to the BBC iplayer website,