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How the College Works

Structure & Governance

Within Bowland College, staff and students work together to make sure the college runs smoothly and fairly. The Junior Common Room Executive (JCR Exec) are an elected body who work closely with the college staff team to support and represent your interests.



College Officers and the JCR President and Vice President belong to the College Management Committee, the committee meets once a month 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 on strategy and constitutional amendments.

The College Principal is our representative at University Senate.

College Rules

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.

Rules are applicable to all students, whether you live on campus or not. If you experience any difficulties with fellow students please contact your Deanery at to raise your concerns or speak to a member of College staff or the Porters.

A copy of the rules are provided for your perusal Bowland College Rules 2023-2024

If an alleged breach of the rules has occurred, a student may be summoned to a hearing by the Deanery who will also decide on any sanctions to be applied. The most serious cases will be dealt with by the University Board of Discipline.

A student attending a hearing 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.

The full procedure for the process and for any appeal may be found in the Student Discipline 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

Membership Fees

All students become members of a College when they join Lancaster University. Each College has slightly different facilities and delivers a varied range of activities and events.

Each college has slightly different facilities and delivers a varied range of activities and events, all with the aim of providing an environment that enhances study, recreation and personal development, as well a support network provided by staff. To help deliver these aims, each student is charged a one-off membership fee when they join the university. All income received via membership fees is spent on supporting and enhancing the college community.

Find out how your fees are spent.