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Welcome to Furness!

Arrivals 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.

Coronavirus (Covid-19): We know how important the welcome period is to our new students. It’s a chance to meet new people, learn about Lancaster and become part of our community. We’re currently working on the schedule 2021, and making sure we have plans in place to support you and keep you safe. As an integral part of the University, the college is following the latest UK government health advice on managing coronavirus. Please see the Lancaster University Our Promise webpages for more information.

We are currently planning for arrivals to ensure that your move onto campus is safe and well-organised. This year, our main arrivals day is Sunday 3rd October 2021, our College Reps will be placed in and around college spaces to direct you to your key collection point and to your accommodation, where you can settle in and get to know your housemates. Our College staff will be available should you have any questions or queries.

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. To help your transition, our Junior Common Room (JCR) are working on a range of virtual events to help introduce you to college life, and once you are all settled in, we will formally welcome you through our virtual College Community events.

For more information see the University’s Welcome Week website. You can also browse the Welcome Week schedule via the iLancaster app.

If you have any questions at all, or just feel a little lost, please do speak to a member of College staff, a member of the JCR, or your Rep. We are all here to help, and make sure you have the best time possible.

Welcome from our Principal


I would like to warmly welcome you to Furness College! We hope that you will be very happy in Furness. Here in Furness, we try to offer a home-from-home, a welcoming community where lifelong friendships are forged, and through which you can access a range of activities and opportunities to help you have an enjoyable and successful time at university.

A couple of key people who are here to help you; our College Manager is Jo, who oversees the day-to-day running of the College and who is a popular figure with both students and staff alike. She will be your first port of call should you have any queries about the College. Furness also has an Accommodation Manager, Andrew, who is available to help with any issues relating to the on-campus accommodation, and a team of Porters who work a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week shift pattern during term-time.

One of the vital roles of the College is to provide pastoral and welfare support to our student members. The College Advisor Team (FurCAT), headed by Sam our Senior Advisor, are a team of staff who are available alongside their substantive roles to chat with students and to offer advice, or just as a friendly face. You can find out more about the support available to students on the College website.

We also have a Deanery ream, headed by our Dean, Natalie. They oversee student conduct within the College, through though that team also has an important welfare role and work closely with FurCAT. The Deanery team are there to help you, so please do feel free to introduce yourself to them.

You will also get to meet our Junior Common Room (JCR) Executive Committee, who are elected by Furness' students to represent them and to take the lead on making sure that students' voices are heard in College. They organise welfare events, and plan socials such as the Winter Ball, the Fifteen Hour Social, and the annual end of year Extrav party! You might even decide that you want to stand for election! Elections are held each year, towards the end of the Michaelmas term, and you would be very welcome to stand for election.

We all hope you enjoy your time in Furness College. If you have any queries or concerns throughout your time at University, please feel free to get in touch with myself, Jo, FurCAT or one of the JCR team, and we will all be very happy to try to help you.

Welcome to Furness!

Dr James Mawdesley

Furness Principal

Everywhere else is nowhere!

There's no better place to be than our welcoming community, and there are plenty of friendly faces ready to make you feel part of our Furness family. There's something for everyone here - from our Trev Quiz to our variety of sports teams - and despite being the smallest college, we make sure we are loud and proud at Lancaster! We can't wait to meet all our new members and show you that ‘Everywhere Else is Nowhere’.

Victoria Phillips, JCR President 2021.

Aside from any departmental inductions there will be a number of events taking place through Welcome Week that you are expected to attend; mostly online. These include 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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