There are many opportunities to get involved with College life as a member of staff allocated to The County College (aka a County 'Senior Member')
County is the largest and northern-most of the nine colleges, sitting at the top end of the University campus and flanked by woodland and open spaces. The original County Main building opened in 1969 but was recently completely refurbished as the college was modernised. County's bar (The Northern Oak) sits alongside the common room and the popular eatery The County Diner. County Main opens out onto Lancaster Square and County Field, where the new eco-residences are located, and to the south lie more new residences and the John Creed Building. The County logo depicts a leaf from the oak tree in the courtyard of the County Main building, a striking edifice that won a design award at the time for the County architect, Roger Booth. The original building was paid for and designed by Lancashire County Council (and after whom the County College is named).
County has always attracted a diverse and friendly membership and runs a number of social activities throughout the year to offer colleagues from across the University the chance to mix in a relaxed ‘outside work’ atmosphere. We are always seeking to increase the range of activities organised to Senior Common Room (SCR – that’s you!) members, and welcome your ideas and input. Families and partners are always welcome to attend. Participation in annual College Syndicate Meetings are another way of contributing to College life and gaining a valuable insight into how the University works. This is a chance for you to find out what’s been happening in the college over the past year and will allow you to feed in any recommendations/suggestions on future activity and initiatives.
We communicate all our College news, events and information via a County Senior Members facebook page. Please ‘Like’ the page to receive College updates and notifications.
We currently run a couple of regular events in County:
- Coffee Hour every Friday between 11.30-12.30 (during term time) in County Bar. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other County Senior Members and college staff. Hot drinks are provided free of charge. Just drop in any time!
- Our Book Club meets once a month (usually a Wednesday between 12.30-1.30pm in the Common Room in County Main).
- The Inter-College Staff Quiz runs once a week through the Michaelmas Term. This highly popular (and competitive!) pub-style quiz takes place on a Wednesday lunchtime in each of the college bars and is guaranteed to bring out County College pride...
The College offers an array of activities and opportunities for its students, some of which are open to staff for their input, participation or spectatorship. Go to the Get Involved section for more details.
County is the only college with its very own full-sized snooker table located in County Main. For a small yearly membership fee, staff can have access to the snooker room
For more information on any of the items above, email Ali Moorhouse, County College Manager.