Drawing of Lancaster University's Alexandra Square

Season's Greetings

To our students, staff, alumni and supporters

Celebrating another successful year at Lancaster.

It's been a fantastic year at Lancaster University, and we want to thank all the people who helped make it happen.

Read on to see how some of our students and staff are giving the gift of time to help others this festive season.

We hope you enjoy the holiday season and look forward to seeing you on campus in 2019!

Dr Teea Palo

From Lapland to Lancaster

Born and raised in Lapland, Dr Teea Palo (Marketing) has worked as an elf for the real Santa himself, working in candle light and in temperatures of -40 degrees to welcome excited guests to Finland to visit Santa’s grotto.

Her upbringing inspired her later career, with Teea’s interest in Christmas forming a key part of her academic studies.

Find out more

Giving the gift of time

At this time of year, we wanted to find out how some of our staff and students are giving the gift of time to help others

Feeding the Eco Hub chickens at Christmas

Even outside of term time, Green Lancaster's team of staff and student volunteers need to ensure Lancaster’s campus chickens are cared for. 

Physics Research Associate Matt Doidge has been working with the rescued chickens for three years and now coordinates the team of volunteers, who come in each day to make sure that the birds have food and water and clean out the hen house. Student volunteers sign up for sessions on a rota basis, and find it a great way to get out in the fresh air with their friends.

Over the Christmas vacation, staff volunteers take over the care of the chickens. This Christmas day, as for the last two years, the responsibility falls to Biomedical and Life Sciences lecturer Alan Shirras (pictured left), who is also the Eco Hub’s Grow Plan Coordinator, organising the allotments at the Eco Hub, where volunteers can get involved with growing vegetables. 

The team would like to rehome more hens, but need to boost their ranks of volunteers to ensure they can care for them. Staff and students can find out more about all aspects of the Eco hub by emailing green@lancaster.ac.uk

Students and staff with the Eco Hub Chickens
Knitting hats by a Christmas tree

Cat's hats for the homeless

Cat Prill, who works in Lancaster's Marketing team, has been knitting hats for those in need. She says: "Just before Christmas last year I herniated a disc in my back which had me out of action for months. I started knitting hats as a way to keep myself busy. After I’d knitted a hat for literally everyone I know I began to carry the odd hat with me and if someone looked cold, I offered them a hat.

"This year I decided to do the same thing. What I’ve found is that lots of people were cold, too many people.  According to the charity Shelter, over 56,580 households were officially recorded as homeless in 2017/18, the reality is likely to be much higher. Knitting a hat is a tiny gesture to make someone’s head a little warmer and day a little brighter. It’s the least I can do. I urge you to give to your local foodbank, lobby your local MP to make policy changes, donate where you can and knit. Little things matter."

Turning talent into treats

Laura McConville, a Sports Centre instructor, has found a way to turn her talent into treats for those in need.

“Every year in the run-up to Christmas I run different fitness classes and ask people to pay in selection boxes that I can then donate to a foodbank. I’ve done it for seven years now. Last year I collected 1,000 and was able to supply all the families in the foodbank.

“I believe firmly in social responsibility and year after year I am never disappointed in the kindness shown by my participants.”

Would you like to help? Contact the Sports Centre to find out more about classes and making donations 

Fitness instructor Laura Mcconville
Reindeer on campus


Show us how you’re celebrating the festive season at Lancaster University for the chance to win a £20 Amazon voucher in our December Instagram competition.

Here's last year's December winner from BSc Biomedical Science student @harryjameschapman as some inspiration.

Just use #FestiveLU to enter.

Competition details

Merry Christmas

Lancaster is a global community, with staff and students from over one hundred countries. Digital Content Ambassadors Raiza and Javier filmed just a few of them wishing a Merry Christmas in their native languages.

Christmas artwork

Our festive artwork this year has been created by Lancaster University PhD Design student Andi Setiawan, who is strongly influenced by the ligne claire comic style.

Follow Andi on Instagram at :@milikandi

Drawing of Lancaster University's Alexandra Square

Celebrate the festive season with us

Events on campus and in the city.

There are events going on right through December on campus and in Lancaster, from Christmas markets and traditional carol services, to an ice skating rink in the city.

Find out more about all the events on campus and in the city on the student portal and events listings.