the advisory system
Many senior members of the college agree to act as personal advisors. It is hoped that their experience within the University can be helpful to junior members of the college, particularly - but not only - during the first year at Lancaster.
The first role of the advisory system is to provide support for junior members of the college throughout their time at Lancaster. Your college advisor is somebody whom you will meet and come to know very early on in your life at the University. As such, they are a 'friendly face' within what can often seem a daunting University bureaucracy, and you may want to seek their advice or help on any number of personal or academic issues. The college advisors have often been termed a 'first port of call' for students. That is to say, they may not be able to solve every problem that you may come to them with, but their experience of the University will normally allow them to point you in the direction of someone who can. Do not think of them only as somebody to approach when problems occur, however. College advisors are always delighted to hear about your successes, hopes and dreams as well as your worries.
The second role of the advisory system is to promote academic excellence amongst college members. The primary aim of The County College, as outlined in the constitution, is 'to develop to the fullest extent' the academic and professional capabilities of its members. You will therefore hear from your college advisor (or the Senior Advisor) if you are falling behind with your academic work at some point during the year. In some cases, you may need a firm push! In some cases, however, you may be experiencing unforeseen problems with your academic work, which your college advisor can help you to solve. Remember, once again, your advisor will be glad to hear of your academic success(es); and need not just hear about your academic concerns.
The third, and final, function of the advisory system is to encourage interaction between junior and senior members of the college. The University of Lancaster was founded on the principle of mutual respect, in both a social and an academic sense. In place of the traditional staff/student divide within institutions of higher education, the collegiate system at Lancaster was intended to enable junior and senior members to live, work and socialise alongside each other as equals. Here at County you will find that all senior members are friendly, approachable and willing to share both joys and sorrows with you. We believe that junior and senior members can only learn from one another, thus making our shared experience of Lancaster as rewarding as possible.
Each of the nine colleges on campus offers a variety of awards, bursaries, prizes and scholarships for its students; and County is no exception. Below you will find details of financial assistance and academic prizes that are available in the college.
Applications for scholarships, welfare and travel grants should be made, in the first instance, to the Senior Advisor. College Awards and Prizes are given automatically to the student(s) with the best academic record in the corresponding discipline.
Unfortunately, the resources available to the college each year for providing financial assistance are limited. Students may also wish to investigate the many other forms of financial support available within the University, some of which can be found in the 'links' section of this website.
The Principal’s Award
This prize is given for outstanding academic performance by a member of The County College in their first year study of an Arts based course. The value of this award is £50.
The Tom Millen Award
Tom Millen was a member of the Engineering Department from 1969 to 1977; he died in 1980. Tom took a lively interest in The County College and was much loved and respected by all. The Tom Millen Prize is given for outstanding academic performance by a member of The County College students in their first year study of a Science based course. The value of this award is £50.
Grants & Scholarships
The County College Travel Grant
Applications may be made by undergraduate members of The County College for travel grants to undertake trips in the Easter and summer vacations. Awards are made for voluntary activities undertaken in the U.K. or abroad which will benefit a student's academic studies. This might involve attending a course or conference, an academic project, a study visit or an expedition. Normally the College cannot support compulsory elements in a degree scheme (e.g. a year abroad, a field course etc.) which are the responsibility of an academic department. Candidates are asked to submit a written report of at least 1000 words to the Senior Advisor after the travel has been completed. Each travel grant can be up to the value of £300.
The County College Studentships
The County College Studentships are intended to provide financial support for County alumni who are undertaking postgraduate studies at the University of Lancaster. Up to three awards are made each year, the value of each Studentship being £1000. Studentships will normally be awarded on the basis of academic merit, but financial need will also be taken into account when making the awards. The length of each Studentship is one year. Holders of the award may reapply for a Studentship if they are continuing in postgraduate study at the University beyond a single year (e.g. part-time students, PhD and prospective PhD students).
Application forms for The County College Studentships are made available on the University website Student Support pages during the Summer Term. Potential applicants may wish to talk informally with the Senior Advisor or their college advisor before applying for the award. The closing date for receipt of applications is 1st June each year.