A SPECIAL 300-mile journey will take place to mark the University of Cumbria's 10th birthday today.

The multi-campus university will be celebrating the milestone with a torch relay connecting its five campuses countrywide, beginning in London's East India Dock Road campus, before finishing the epic journey at Fusehill Street campus, Carlisle.

The torch relay will begin at 9am in London, where it will be transported via a classic black cab to Euston Station, before arriving at Lancaster Station at midday. A member of staff will then carry the torch by bicycle to Bowerham Road campus, Lancaster.

It will then journey onwards to the Lake District, travelling to the Ambleside campus in an eco-friendly electric van belonging to the university.

The torch will then head to Carlisle's Brampton Road campus, and finally to Fusehill Street, carried by the university's 'Team Ten' students, who recently completed the Hexham half-marathon.

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The 'Team Ten' grassroots initiative aims to raise £10,000 for charity in the 2017 to 18 academic year through 10 sporting challenges.

It will arrive at at Fusehill Street at 4.15pm, where staff and students will be waiting to welcome it its arrival with tea, and birthday cake.

'Team Ten' member Lynn Bewley, strategic communications and external affairs manager at the university, who will be joining the torch on its last leg of the journey, said: “Today marks the university’s official birthday.However, this is just the start of our tenth anniversary celebrations.

"As a multi-campus university, with sites in Lancashire and London as well as Cumbria, we wanted to celebrate our uniqueness by showcasing this within the campaign linking all campuses together.

"As a university that is award-winning for its environmental work, much of the relay will be made using public transport or other green alternatives such as our fully electric, branded vans and people power.”

The University of Cumbria is the only university to have two campuses in two World Heritage sites - the Lake District, and Hadrian's Wall.

People can join in on social media using the hashtag #10yearsofUoC