Carlisle City is located at the extreme north of North West England. Its population of 107,500, while concentrated in Carlisle county town, is spread across a large rural area. The nearest city is Newcastle, some 52 miles to the east.
The University of Cumbria has its headquarters in Carlisle but other major campuses are at Lancaster, Ambleside, Barrow-in-Furness, Penrith and London. It was established in 2007, has 10,702 students and a course satisfaction rating of 1.1 / 5.0.