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.
- In the Charity Challenge, student teams generate ideas and run activities and events to raise money for their chosen charity. In 2017-18, the County students raised over £2000 for the Centrepoint charity, which helps homeless young people.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a world-leading research University, students can find out about staff research through a series of talks delivered by academics affiliated with the college. The talks take place once a month at either lunchtime or early evening in County Bar. Alongside raising the profile of staff research interests and encouraging staff/student interactions, students may find themselves inspired to consider a career in research.