Open mic night at Bowland JCR

College Life

JCR Executive

The Junior Common Room Executive (JCR Exec) are a group of students elected by their peers to stand for a variety of roles to help run the College and act as ‘the voice’ of the student body. Roles are varied and include welfare, events, social media and sports. The JCR Exec is a great way to get involved with the College and contribute towards the student experience. Students put themselves forward for an officer role in November each year and elections takes place in December, with students taking up roles at the beginning of January for 12 months. Meet your current JCR Exec Officers.

Bowland students with Founders trophy
Bowland students with Founders trophy

Bowland Socials

Our elected group of student representatives, the JCR Exec, organise social events for Bowland students to enjoy. These usually take place in the Common Room and quad, recent events include quizzes, themed socials, games nights, creative activities such as pottery and painting, as well as collaborations with societies and other colleges. Larger social events include the annual winter ball and the summer Extrav, a festival-styled event held on campus.

Bowland Sports

Bowland has a good range of sporting activities such as Football, Netball, Darts, Pool, Dominoes and Table Tennis. As well as inter-college leagues that run throughout the year, the teams arrange regular social events. Team trials take place in the first few weeks of term. Our intercollege competition ‘Founders’, is a three-day summer event which celebrates the traditional friendly rivalry between Bowland and Lonsdale, the two founding colleges of Lancaster University. Everyone is welcome to get involved and take part.

Bowland Football team in front of goal
Bowland A's 2022-23 Football Team
Five students in red Bowland t-shirts holding certificates

Intercollegiate Challenges

Each year, the college puts forward teams for annual intercollege challenges, which give students the opportunity to represent their college, develop employability skills, make new friends and gain a sense of college pride! Just some of the challenges over the last few years include a debating challenge, sustainability challenge, a quiz, bake-off, crafting competition, charity challenge and a talent contest with celebrity judges. Bowland won the 2022 ECOhallenge. If you are interested in getting involved in any of the challenges, keep up to date with the latest news via

Bowland Wellbeing

Events take place during the year aimed at promoting wellbeing and self-care. These vary from free food events to drop-ins where you can pick up information and treats. Student wellbeing reps and staff usually attend so there is always somebody to speak to if you have any concerns. However you do not need to wait for an event to reach out for support. See our Help, Advice and Support page.

Table with wellbeing booklets, teabags, hot chocolates, ear plugs and a range of leaflets.
Bowland Hoodie Design

College Merchandise

Our College hoodie is available to buy online for collection from the College office, A065 Bowland Main. The hoodies are individually packaged and come in a range of sizes with a fresh and modern design. New students buying a hoodie in advance of arrivals will be able to collect their hoodie during Welcome Week. Buy now from the Online Store.