Get Involved

To find out more about any of the opportunities listed below, email Ali Moorhouse, County College Manager

Inter-College Challenges

Outside of sport, the college puts forward teams for four annual inter-college challenges, which give students the opportunity to represent their college, develop employability skills, make new friends and gain a sense of college pride.

  • The Sustainability Challenge requires students to work together to develop and present their innovative ideas in reaction to a challenge set by the University.
  • Teams put their knowledge to the ultimate test in the hugely competitive Inter-College (University Challenge style) Quiz.
  • The Debating Competition allows first year students, from any subject, to improve their presentation and public speaking skills in a series of spirited debates.
  • Take the Stage in our popular talent show
  • Put your cookery skills to the test in the Baking Competition
students involved in charity challenge 2018
five students walking together


Unique to County, Intercambio is a cultural exchange programme where students are ‘matched’ with a student from a different country. Intercambio allows students to find out more about their partner’s country, language, traditions and culture. With a focus on informal peer-to-peer exchange, students have the opportunity to learn about different cultures, and share their ideas and perspectives.

two students walking together

International Buddy Programme

Studying in the UK for the first time can be a daunting experience. In this program, existing international students volunteer as ‘buddies’ to help first year international students settle into their new environment. Alongside making a new friend, buddies can assist with local orientation and signposting to services on campus and in Lancaster.

If you would like an International Buddy on arrival at County College, please email Tania Hughes, International Activities Co-ordinator at:

JCR Exec 2018 students

JCR Executive

The Junior Common Room Executive (JCR Exec) are a group of students elected annually by their peers within the college to stand for a variety of roles to help run the college and act as ‘the voice’ of the student body. Roles include welfare, events, social media and sports and are a great way to get involved with the College. Students put themselves forward for an officer role in November each year and elections takes place in December.

County College JCR
the curate a space wall in County Bar with artwork

Curate A Space

The College has an exhibition space in County Bar for the display of student artwork, funded by the Lancaster University Friends Programme. The ‘Curate a Space’ initiative is run by a small team of County students who select pieces of artwork and arrange for their installation. Students can either submit their artwork for display or take a more proactive role and join the installation team.