Students holding Furness welcome banners

Welcome to Furness!

Welcome Week at Lancaster is a great way to orientate yourself and settle in to student life before your studies begin, and in Furness we aim to facilitate a smooth arrival for you and get you acquainted with the college.

Our friendly team of helpers will be around all day to help you get your bearings and show you up to your room if you're living with us on campus.

The University will run a series of events to ease you in to academic life so it's up to the colleges to focus on creating a home for you and making you feel like part of the Furness family. There will be a series of events through the week that cater different interests and where all are welcome, from film night at the campus cinema to quiz night in the college bar. Our James Bond themed fun Casino its a great opportunity to dress up, and we end the week with our hugely popular trip out to the Lake District where we charter a boat and take a cruise round Windermere - with a plentiful barbecue on board.

Welcome from our Principal

Fellow Furnessians,

On behalf of my colleagues and my own I would like to warmly welcome you to the College. Congratulations on your choice both of Lancaster and of Furness College. You will soon see that you could not have made a better choice. 

You will build new friendships here at Lancaster, join the networks that will very likely last you a lifetime, you will develop your careers; expand your skills and knowledge, build up the confidence that will take you further in life. You will also see for yourselves why so many Lancaster graduates have a stronger affiliation with their colleges than with their departments.

College life is not run by the accommodation service, we are run by yourselves with support from very minimal administrative staff and from dedicated, often volunteer team of University colleagues.  This is what the Colleges are, and this is how they differ from halls of residence. There are only five collegiate universities in the UK: Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, York and Lancaster, and only one of them – Lancaster – is a campus university, placed outside the town. This allows us to do more for you, make feel more at home which is striving to be your own.

So, what is our role? In brief: College staff and its senior members are here to make this place your home-from-home, where you should feel secure, happy and looked after; we will be working to help you find yourselves in this new situation. We will help you to build your confidence and initiative, support you in becoming active, creative, productive and whatever else you want to be.  

While all the Lancaster Colleges share the same principles and values, Furness is the smallest of the eight. And what comes with that is the family feel, the home-from-home, the familiarity that stays with you. We also lead many of social and support initiatives, such as the year-long First Year College Reps who look after the First Years in small groups, somewhat like the Cambridge and Oxford student families, but more closely linked with the Furness College Advisory Team, also known as FurCAT, a professional group supporting you in any way you need – your welfare and health area priority.

The spirit of Furness College is about the true close community which we built here over the years and which is very close to my own ideals of social cohesion and cooperation. It is not about being heroes or about winning prizes (which we do!), it is much more about working together as a community. It is the combination of small things and the bigger, more visible achievements that makes us what we are. It is also the warm welcoming of new Furnessians in October, it is looking after each other in the first year and beyond, it is also about enjoying life, music and everything else you enjoy (as long as it safe, legal and does not hurt anyone) – this is the Furness I know and which I am proud to be a part of.

Welcome to Furness!

Dr Wlodek Tych

Furness Principal

Furness Principal, Dr Wlodek Tych

Small but mighty!

"Furness may be the smallest college, but make no mistake, we are mighty! With our diverse events and something for everyone, we are best known for our close-knit community (and our cosy gin-bar, Trevor). We are excited to welcome the newest members of the Furness family, and show you that 'Everywhere Else is Nowhere'."

Fran Hoyland, JCR President 2020.

What to do on arrivals day

All students, both resident and commuter, become members of a college when they join Lancaster University. A one-off college membership fee is payable by all new members, you can find out how your fees are spent and pay your membership fee prior to arrival. If you're living on campus you will be invited to complete an online Accommodation Induction in advance. This will outline what services are on offer and how to get here, as well as allowing you to book an arrival slot.

Arrivals day for Furness is Sunday 29 September 2019, and you can arrive anytime after 10.00am on the day. Head to the foyer in the Furness Main building to check in.

In the foyer you will need to follow the signs to receive some freebies from the JCR, register with the college and then sign for your keys.

If you're not living in our accommodation you still need to register with us but can leave it until it's quieter later in the afternoon if you choose.

The bar will be open all day and there will be a barbecue in the quad selling all kinds of barbecued things for a quick lunch.

Once you've got your keys one of our many helpers will take you up to your room and can answer any questions you may have on the way. You can then move your things in and start to unpack.

Don't forget to take a look around your accommodation and complete the online inventory you will have been asked to submit, and introduce yourself to any flatmates you see!

If you're living in college accommodation your First Year Rep will come and meet you and your flatmates at 3.00pm. If you're living off-campus you should come and meet others in the Furness TV Room at the same time.

Reps will then take you down to the Furness Welcome Talk, which takes place in the George Fox Lecture Theatre 1 at 4.30pm.

After the welcome talk we will stop off at the Bonington Step to have a group photograph, before returning to Furness for the Furst Feast. You'll have a ticket for this free meal in your welcome pack so don't forget to bring it!

From there you can make as much of the first night as you choose!

Aside from any departmental inductions there will be a number of events taking place through Welcome Week that you are expected to attend. These include registration and enrolment, Fire Safety and Welfare and Deanery talks. You will be able to find them all in your Welcome Week Schedule, so please look out for the Furness events and go along to them.

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More Events

Furness goes to Windermere

Our Windermere trip at the end of Welcome Week is the perfect way to wind down in stunning surroundings in the region from which Furness takes its name.

This year's trip takes place on Sunday 6 October and tickets can be booked now. If you want to come along please book a ticket through the online store. We advise booking early to avoid disappointment as this trip often sells out quickly! The Online Store will close at 3.00pm on Wednesday 2 October 2019.

Tickets cost £26 and include coach travel to and from Windermere, plus the sailing and barbecue food on board. Please tell us about any dietary requirements when booking in advance.

Windermere images courtesy of Wlodek Tych, Andrew Gibson and Kevin Huggett.