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Grizedale College Advisor Team

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Grizedale College has a team of committed individuals dedicated to helping Grizedale students to settle into university life and enjoy their time whilst at Lancaster. This group is called the College Advisor Team (CAT) and they are a first point of call for any students feeling uncertain or concerned about a variety of welfare issues:

• Personal & social
• Health, physical, emotional
• Financial problems
• Academic issues

In our experience many students find the transition to university life difficult and many will experience personal problems along the way. This is normal, so please don’t suffer in silence, come to talk to the CAT and we will support you through your degree. If we can’t help, we will know someone who can.

CAT is also able to help Grizedale students who find themselves in academic difficulties further into their degree, for example, support students a Standing Academic Committee.

Contacting Grizedale CAT

Students can make contact with the team by email or at one of the regular drop in sessions.

Drop Ins, One to One Support & Advice

Grizedale CAT host drop ins where you can talk to us about any concerns you have about your welfare. These are held every Thursday during term, 12-2.00pm, in the Grizedale Meeting Room, next to the Porters Lodge.

The Team

Andy Harrod Senior College Advisor
I am the Senior Advisor for Grizedale College and manage Grizedale’s College Advisor Team (CAT), we are a friendly team, who are dedicated to helping Grizedale students enjoy university life and their time at Lancaster. I have been at Lancaster University for 11 years and aim this use this experience to help you. Outside of University I am a person-centred therapist and bring those skills and experience to the role. You may also see me running around the campus woodland trail!

Nicola Caldwell College Advisor
Hello, I’m Nicola. I am a College Advisor for Grizedale. I work in Health and Medicine and have been there for three years. Prior to that I was a postgraduate student in History and worked in both the History and American Studies departments.  Outside work I enjoy getting out into the Lake District with friends and family, and my Welsh Terrier. I hope you all enjoy your time here at Lancaster. I graduated in 2003 and haven’t left yet!  I look forward to meeting you.

Luke Gacesa College Advisor
Hello, I’m Luke, and I am a member of the Grizedale College Advisor Team. I graduated from Grizedale college in 2005 and now work in the Finance department at Lancaster University, so I have a very loyal connection to Grizedale! Outside of work I go to the Uni Gym most days and enjoy both free weights and swimming as well as playing the odd game of badminton. I love classic cars and always have a project or two on the go. I’m also a member of the staff LGBT working group. Say Hi as you pass me along the spine, and I look forward to meeting you all soon.

James Leyshon College Advisor
Hi, I’m James and I’m a member of the Grizedale College Advisor Team (CAT). In 2016 I graduated from Lancaster and so I know what it’s like to be a recent student here in Grizedale! I now work for the UK Student Recruitment Events Team here on campus, and outside of work you might see me refereeing local football or exploring the outdoors with my cockapoo, Nala. I look forward to meeting you all around the college soon!

Abigail Oyston College Advisor
Hi, I’m Abigail. I’m a College Advisor for Grizedale, and I’m looking forward to meeting you all. I work in Health Research, and the department of English Literature and Creative Writing. When I’m not working, I like to keep fit through yoga, cycling, and walking in our beautiful countryside. I also enjoy drawing, painting, and crafty projects.


Leanne Taylor College Advisor
I am a College Advisor for Grizedale College and have been a member of staff at Lancaster University for three years. I remember what’s it’s like to feel new at Lancaster and the warm welcome I received. I look forward to meeting you during your time here. Outside of work I make the most of where I live and get out into the countryside with my trusty Labradoodle.


Sara Mellen College Wellbeing Officer

I’m the College Wellbeing Officer for Grizedale College shared with Pendle College. I have worked in this role for two years and have a social work background. I also have responsibility for care leavers.I work closely with the Grizedale CAT supporting your welfare.