How the money is spent

How the money is spent

More than 250 projects have been funded by the Friends Programme since 2002 totalling over £1M.


College projects

Bowland College - mature & off-campus student facilities (computers for mature students, community facilities within the college for students who live off campus such as lockers and the use of a kitchen).  

Cartmel College - live entertainment equipment (lighting, sound and stage equipment so they can put on events such as the comedy shows).

County College – furniture for the study room

Furness College  - TV room refurbishment, off-campus room and study room refurbishment.   

Fylde College - Off-campus facilities, new seating for Fylde bar and quad area, improvements to JCR and college environment.

Graduate CollegeNew Ideas festival:  to give research students an opportunity to develop skills in the dissemination of ideas to a mixed audience, encourage links between the university and the city and demonstrate the role of academic research within everyday experience.  The English Café: A project to support English language and cultural development.

Grizedale College - resource room, PCs for college foyer, outdoor social space.

Lonsdale College - outdoor furniture, JCR office refurbishment.

Pendle College - graduate bursaries, computer facilities, secure cycle parking, vacation scholarships, disabled computer access.  Funding for a PA kit for college initiatives such as ‘Pendle Live’.

Department/Faculty Projects

Applied Social Science – research project into young people’s views on gun culture, disability access study.

Biological Sciences – avian disease study, science workshops for school children.

Biomedical & Life Sciences - skin cancer cell research, Be a scientist! project for schools, equipment to support research into a broad spectrum of human conditions from clinical diseases such as cardiac failure, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and cancer, coma, hypoxia and post-spinal cord injury. 

Continuing Education – laptops for senior learners, student ambassador skills training. 

Educational Research – widening participation activities.

Engineering – Engineering department safety wear storage lockers, interactive whiteboard technology, Lancaster University racing car.     

English & Creative WritingLiterature Live at Lancaster, Lancaster University Writers Online, Writing Across Cultures seminar, graduate computer room and Uganda/Sudan women's writing link.     

Environmental Science – pilot research into the art and science of terrestrial and aquatic habitats.

European Languages & Cultures – German language film club.  

Geography - Morecambe Bay observatory software, geographic information system equipment, digital aerial photography and satellite imagery.

History - sharing historical research, student & community projects.      

Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development – ethical sourcing for business forum.        

Institute for Health Research – a workshop on developing evaluation skills, foot and mouth feedback conference, research into youth suicide.          

LICA (Music) – enhancement of live performance facilities, tuition hardship bursary fund, bass flute acquisition, technology workstation.     

Linguistics - departmental student hardship fund.          

Medicine – travel bursaries for medical electives.           

Philosophy – Philosophy in the classroom: teaching young children about philosophy.

Physics – Science outreach for schools.  Semiconductors and photonic devices project laboratory.

Psychology - Reading Circles: supporting young readers (working with children in schools)           

Religious Studies - widening participation activities.

Women's Studies Department - career networking & mentoring event, bursaries for mature students, teaching resources.

Clubs and Societies

Bailrigg FM - CD player replacements.  Outside broadcast and live sessions equipment

Ballroom Dancing Society – Hosting the Annual Northern Universities Dance Competition in Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Boat Club - new rowing boat and other equipment.       

Canoe Club - canoe polo funding coaching award scheme, new boats.

Hip Hop Society – Performing arts mirrors.

Hockey Club - coaching course.                                                

Mountaineering Club - training scheme & equipment.                                                  

Nightline - E-Listening initiative.                                                              

Sailing Club – Fleet of second hand boats.

Swimming Club – ASA membership.

Theatre Group – Enabling the group to take their performances to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Upgrading the lighting infrastructure.

Water Polo Club – ASA membership.

Societies Union - honours board & trophy.         

LUSU (Student Union) Projects

Have a go and get active – encouraging sport amongst students

Promoting Social Responsibility at Lancaster University               

Roses - tournament sponsorship 2004 2008 2010

Student Media Group Project – purchase of equipment to enable the media coverage of LUSU events in order to broadcast to a wider audience.

Create– student business start-up fund

LUVU – various programme including their sports-orientated Activate, and their schools volunteer programme

Events:  Winterfest, societies showcase.

Other projects

CEEC – Lancaster University’s career mentoring scheme.             

Lancaster International Concert Series - education outreach, online composition resource, webcast concerts.

LU Chaplaincy Centre - profile-raising and improving communal facilities.

Nuffield Theatre - young people's outreach programme.            

Peter Scott Gallery - access project, artist in residence, sculpture on campus, university art collections online.

Pre-school Centre - outside play area development and sensory room. Creation of an outdoor classroom.

Public Arts – the commission of a new single multimedia web-site incorporating the Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster International Concerts and the Nuffield Theatre, public arts outreach activities.

Sports Centre - defibrillator, equipping the pool for water polo & canoe polo.    

Student Services – student hardship and welfare funding, promotional activities, network website, transcribing machine for students with disabilities.     

William Ritchie Travel Fund - research student grants.