Patriots at Barker House Farm

College Life

Cartmel quiz team

Inter-College Quiz

Each year, the colleges compete in a University Challenge style quiz. Questions are set by academic staff from across the University, who usually also judge the various heats as well as the final in the spring.

Cartmel netball team

Sports Teams

The college has several sports teams that compete in college leagues over the first and second terms. Try-outs are normally held during the first few weeks of term. For the contact details of the various team captains please get in touch with the JCR Exec Sports Officers or College Manager, Jo Kendall.


Sustainability Challenge

Green Lancaster runs a sustainability challenge to encourage students to ‘think green’ and find ways to make life on campus more sustainable. Each team is coached by an academic to hone their concept to work it up into a plausible proposal, before presenting it to a panel of judges. The winning team wins a cash prize and the chance to turn their project into a reality.


The Carter Shield

The Carter Shield is played for every fortnight throughout the year. All of Lancaster’s nine colleges take part in a variety of sports such as volleyball, rounders, dodgeball and tag-rugby, there is something for everyone. Each sport counts for a different number of points and the college with the most at the end of the year is awarded the Carter Shield.

Pool team

George Wyatt Cup

The George Wyatt Cup is the most prestigious Lancaster University bar sporting prize you’ll encounter. The competition normally takes place in terms one and two on Monday and Tuesday evenings, with each of our resident bars taking it in turns to host each week. Bar sports include darts, pool and dominoes.

Charities Challenge Team

Charities Challenge

The Charities Challenge is your chance to help raise money and make a difference in the community. Each college enters a team who choose a charity to support and promote. The students involved gain valuable experience creating a variety of fundraising events such as car washing, bake sales, sports tournaments and skill auctions. The teams write up their experiences in a report and everyone comes together for a Charity Showcase where certificates are awarded by the University.

Cartmel Winter Ball

Social Events

Each year we run dozens of different social events across campus and in town to cater for all of our students. Recent examples include our cultural celebrations, open mic nights, pub quizzes, spa days and of course our annual Winter Ball. For the latest news and events, visit the Cartmel College Facebook page.

Patriots Cup

Patriots Cup

Each year Cartmel take on Furness in the Patriots Cup. This intense rivalry takes place around the middle of Lent term, normally week seven or eight, with competition taking place across many sports and activities from football and netball to bar sports and even chess.

Extrav party, Farm-fest


At the end of the academic year, each undergraduate college hosts a themed Extrav event organised by the college JCRs, with each college trying to outdo the others to put on the best party. See our Facebook page for photos from our last event.

Grizedale students prepare for Roses


Each year Lancaster University takes on long-time rivals York in the annual Roses competition. The competition goes as far back as 1965, when the Vice-Chancellor of York, Lord James of Rusholme, suggested a boat race between the two universities. Over the years more and more events have been added to the competition, and Roses is now a well-established part of the University calendar. Many Cartmel students take an active part in the tournament and we are proud to support them in their sporting endeavours.