Saturday, 29 November 2014

Visit to Kendal on December 4th 2014

Students on the BSc (Hons) Social Enterprise Leadership award are currently preparing for their next learning activity. A visit to Kendal organised by Common Purpose.  They will enjoy research visits to the National Trust and Lovingly Artisan.

Many of you will know of the National Trust, who probably need no introduction here. For them to open their doors to our students providing a unique insight into how they operate will be a great opportunity. If you do want more information on the National Trust please go to:

As a complete contrast Lovingly Artisan is a local  bread making business set up by Adian Monk.

Many describe Aidan’s approach to artisan bread-making as continental in style with a wholesome northern vibe. Artisan French bread bakers have had a huge influence on his baking recipes, viewpoint and finally his career, which is now heading into its second decade.  

Aidan has always been inspired by good food and finished his education with a scholarship to Boston College of Culinary Arts in the USA.  On his return, he  was determined to open his own artisan bakery which he did in Kendal in the autumn of 1988.  Baking has been in the family for a few generations as his grandfather was a acknowledged baker and retailer. In today's world, many now might call him an entrepreneur. But just like Aidan, he was somebody that simply loved producing bread, serving and feeding hungry boys and girls of all ages within the Cumbria community.

Aidan loves his baker's world with a passion and love’s taking influences from cultures around the world, from locally farmed produce and from the veg grown in his own back garden. Aidan loves pushing parameters where cooking styles are concerned, however time-honoured baking rules are there for a good reason. All that he produces is based on simple bread disciplines - less is more,  slow is best. For more information please see:

Following visits to these very different organisations students will then have the opportunity to share discussions on leadership and personal development with Martin McLeavy, Engineering Manager, BAE Systems; Alison Park, Director, Low Sizergh Farm &Andy Wilkinson, Staff Officer to Chief Constable, Cumbria Constabulary

For more information on this fantastic award please go to

To apply for this programme please go to UCAS and use course code: S356

Students at the University Day in Ambleside

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