The Pendle Story
Read here how Pendle got its name, and who got hanged…
The College was founded in 1974 and named after the historic region of Lancashire associated with the Lancaster Witch Trials and Pendle Hill, towards which we look.
Although we have admitted Undergraduates since 1975, Pendle moved into a new, purpose-built College in 1993. Still looking out over the hills, the main Pendle East buildings houses 401 standard residence rooms, offices and communal facilities such as a laundrette and small computer suite, and the Porters Lodge. (Our porters, cleaners and office staff are key members of the Pendle family!). The college’s 318 Ensuite rooms including studio accommodation, is situated in Pendle West, Alexandra Park and this is home to a further 118 students. A full range of social facilities exists in the Pendle Rooms, including a large bar area and sitting room, a games room, a college kitchen and communal areas. Within easy reach of Pendle College are catering, shopping and teaching facilities, providing Pendle College and its members with an environment of exceptional quality.
Although our buildings are quite young, our tradition for civilised, friendly and supportive communal life goes back to Pendle’s inception. Our college is run by its staff and students, the latter being represented by an elected JCR Executive annually. This body is responsible for the organisation of a wide variety of social activities, including discos on and off-campus, live bands, welfare advice, and sports the emphasis here being on fun rather than competition. Peace and harmony between Pendle residents essential for successful college life is maintained by four resident Assistant Deans appointed from the student body. Staff members contribute towards collegiate life, too: the Senior Advisor and Assistant Senior Advisor operate a support system in which every Pendle student is assigned a Personal Advisor, whose role it is to provide advice, information, encouragement and, we hope, friendship throughout your time at Lancaster. The Senior Advisor also administers a couple of funds for Pendle students, including hardship loans and grants for vacation activities.
As one of the largest colleges at Lancaster, our students are concerned to maintain a sociable and caring community, and this is reflected in a particularly strong sense of loyalty and identity. Our activities make us as attractive to future students as to the past generations of Pendle members, many of whom maintain their contact with us (via Pendle Alumni groups) for life. In short, Pendle College is a place where you belong…renowned for its community feel, its sense of involvement and commitment and its intention to create sustainable, positive change to itself and to YOU!