Structure & Governance

Junior Common Room (JCR)

Bowland JCR Exec is made up of a group of students elected by students. They are here to represent student views, organise socials and campaigns and provide opportunities for students to get involved in events and activities taking place in the College. They also work closely with College Officers to ensure students have the best experience during their time at Bowland College.

The JCR meet regularly as a team and their meeting minutes are available to view. The President and the Vice President also attend meetings with College Officers and are part of the College Management Committee. The Committee meets weekly in term time to review, discuss and make decisions about the day to day running of the College.


Senior Common Room (SCR)

The SCR is made up of members of University staff who are also members of Bowland College. Some Senior Members have a role in managing the College and form an integral part of College life by working closely with the JCR Exec and by contributing towards the intellectual and social experience of our students. Read more about our College Staff.


Bowland Senior Members

If you are interested in finding out more about staff events within the college or are interested in volunteering please look at our dedicated Facebook page, or contact Kate Swift, the Staff Engagement Officer, or Lorna Harrison, College Manager.



College Officers and the JCR President and Vice President belong to the College Management Committee, the committee meets once a week in term time and makes decisions on the day to day running of the College. The College Syndicate includes all members of the SCR and the JCR Executive. The Syndicate reports to the University Senate and meets once per term to oversee the running of the college, agree strategy and constitutional amendments. Minutes of Syndicate meetings are also listed below. The Principal is a member of the University Senate and attends the University Court. The college is also represented in the Colleges and Student Experience Committee.


The College is a community in which a large number of people live and work closely together, the Deanery exists to ensure that all members can live, work and study in a safe environment which allows them to make the most of their time at Lancaster University.

College Rules are applicable to all students, whether you live on campus or not. If you experience any difficulties with fellow students please contact one of the College Officers to raise your concerns.

If a breach of disciplinary rules has occurred, a student may be summoned to a hearing with the College Dean. The student is permitted to be accompanied by a fellow student, a representative from the Student Union, the College Wellbeing Team, or other member of University staff.  Failure to attend a hearing without good cause and prior notice may result in a fine, levied in line with Student Disciplinary Regulations. 

The Deanery would like to make you aware of fines that can be applied if particular rules are broken:-

  • Standard Noise Fine; £20
  • Exam Period Noise Fine; £40
  • Smoking in Residences; £50
  • Infringement of Electronic Copyright; £25
  • Tampering with Fire Safety Equipment; £300
  • Failure to attend a disciplinary hearing; £50