Welcome to Bowland College

One of the founding colleges of Lancaster University, Bowland is named after the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which sits to the east of Lancaster. Bowland is centrally placed at the heart of the University campus on the north side of Alexandra Square. We are close to the major academic support facilities and the Arts, Humanities, Law, Social Sciences, Chemistry and Physics departments. Additionally, the Library, lecture theatres, the Learning Zone, shops and our own social and study spaces, are all within a few minutes’ walk from our residences.

Why Bowland College?

We have a warm and friendly community, and a vibrant and diverse range of students, fostering a spirit of regard for others, and aiming to ensure that everyone can access all of the opportunities the College and the University has to offer. In Bowland we aim to lead developments in College life and to be at the center of University activity. We seek to develop College identity and pride in Bowland with our students and staff by pursuing excellence in everything we do.‌

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A Message from our Principal

As the principal of Bowland College I am delighted to welcome you to the College and to Lancaster University. College life at Lancaster allows you to be part of a community, to find support, friendship, and a whole range of activities and experiences which will add to your academic studies and achievements.

Bowland is the oldest of the University’s colleges and it retains its position in the centre of the University campus. It consists of senior members (university staff) who are part of the Senior Common Room or SCR, and junior members (that’s you) who are all part of the Junior Common Room or JCR.

In Bowland we aim to foster a college spirit of regard for others, to build a warm and friendly community and to ensure that everyone can access all of the opportunities the university has to offer. Life in Bowland is full of possibilities and you will find both social activities and many others – which could involve volunteering, sports, international experience, or personal development. You don’t have to do them all at once, but as in most things the more you put in the more you get out.

I hope you will find many positive ways to engage with the Bowland community. Things may not all be plain sailing as you adapt to your new life at University. There are many people in Bowland who are keen to help you find your feet and to support you as needed throughout your time at Lancaster. We have college advisors, an excellent team of college staff and college officers, and committed JCR officers who have been elected by students to make Bowland work for students. If you need advice, information or a friendly word, do speak to the porters, drop into the college office, or drop into the JCR office.

I hope that you all feel at home in Bowland quickly and that you have a happy and productive time here. I wish you all success in your academic programme and look forward to presenting you at your graduation.

Professor Joe Sweeney

Principal, Bowland College

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Bowland Principal, Professor Joe Sweeney