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Graduate College, Lancaster

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Established  1992
Principal  Claire Povah
Dean  Gareth Ellis
Founded  1992
Postgraduates  3,555
Named for  Graduate Students
Postgraduate Board Chair  David Townsend
Newspaper  GradNews
Headquarters  Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Similar  Lancaster University, Furness College - Barrow‑in‑Furness, Derwent College - York, University of Texas at Brownsville, James College - York

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Graduate College is the only college in Lancaster University to take postgraduate students rather than undergraduates. Until its creation in 1992 each of the other eight colleges also took postgraduates. The university had a lot of success in postgraduate work, and it was felt postgraduates should have their own college for social, administrative and accommodation purposes. All incoming postgraduate students are members of the college, even including those Lancaster graduates who were members of other colleges when undergraduates.


Instead of having a JCR, there is a PGSA (Post Graduate Students' Association). Unlike the University of York, where the GSA is separate from the main students union, the PGSA is a sub-committee of the Lancaster University Student's Union, of which all postgraduates are full members. The PGSA instead operates more as a residents association, focusing mainly on social events and residential welfare issues; it relies heavily on its parent organisation for most services.

The college bar, The Herdwick, is known for its large beer festivals, its constant supply of real ale and a variety of whiskies. It is listed in the Good Beer Guide, one of three student bars in the country to be included. It is also known for its weekly live music nights, usually every Thursday when a mix of student and non-student bands play in the bar.


According to the college constitution the aims of the college are:

"to stimulate and support graduate studies at the University, to enhance the University's national and international academic reputation, and to advance knowledge, wisdom and understanding".


  • Day Trips: The Graduate College hosts and coordinates a number of trips for students throughout the academic year, and are announced on their site, with tickets going on sale around two weeks prior to the date of the trip.
  • New Cafe: The New Cafe is an opportunity for PhD students to present their work to other PhDs. Students hear about researches from their peers.
  • Postgraduate Research Conference: The conference is a multidisciplinary conference providing delegates with the opportunity to present to, network with and learn from other students from other disciplines.
  • References

    Graduate College, Lancaster Wikipedia

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