Furness College was established in 1968 as the fifth college of the University, and the first to venture south of Alexandra Square. But that's Furness for you - always trying to be that little bit different.
The Furness Main building opened in 1970 and remains home to our social spaces, bar, Porters' Lodge and office suite. It was fully refurbished in 2012.
The original nine accommodation blocks also opened in 1970 and were named after parts of the Furness region in Cumbria. They were Hawkshead, Ulverston, Colton, Aldingham, Pennington, Dalton, Kirby Ireleth, Urswick and Lowick. The Furness Perimeter residences opened in 1992 and these were named Bardsea, Greenodd, Torver, Wetherlam and Brantwood.
In 2004 the University was expanding and much of the older campus accommodation was no longer seen as fit for purpose, so the original nine blocks were demolished and replaced with four much larger ensuite buildings. Four of the original names were re-used by student vote, while the others were lost.
There have been nine College Principals to date, with the latest - Dr Wlodek Tych - taking office in 2012.