Cumbria will get its own university this summer when three of the county's academic institutions are amalgamated.
St Martin's College will merge with Cumbria Institute of the Arts and the University of Central Lancashire's Cumbria campuses on 1 August.
In July 2006 St Martin's was given the power to award its own degrees and has now been granted university status by the Privy Council.
Previously, the college's degrees were accredited by Lancaster University.
Prof Chris Carr, Principal of St Martin's College and Vice-Chancellor Designate for the new university, said: "Gaining the university title is a tremendous achievement and something I am personally very proud to be involved in.
"The University of Cumbria will carry on the excellent work done by all the institutions involved in the amalgamation and be a new university that the whole region can be proud of."