The Friends of Lancaster University in America

The Friends of Lancaster University in America, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization;
our mission is to support higher education particularly at Lancaster University.

Mission and Impact

Many Americans who have attended Lancaster over the years remember their time at Lancaster as a very special experience that has remained with them and enriched their lives.  The Friends of Lancaster University in America Inc. allows US-based alumni to help the next generation of students to share in the Lancaster experience through tax-deductible philanthropic support. 

Gifts to the Friends provide support to students, helping both the poorest and brightest students.  In this way donors can help both to enhance access to education for all and to attract talented students to study at Lancaster.  The Friends’ support benefits students from all countries, including those on visiting programs.

The generosity of American alumni makes a substantial contribution to University life.  The Directors express their appreciation and gratitude to supporters of the Friends, and invite all alumni based in the States to consider contributing to this work.

American alumni have been able to support professional chairs, research projects and named studentships that match their personal philanthropic passions. We welcome you to visit the Give Online  section to view current projects we are actively fundraising on behalf of. We would also encourage you to provide suggestions of worthy projects you would like to see supported.


Welcome from the President

Bruce Sewell, SVP and General Counsel at Apple is also the President of the Friends of Lancaster University in America, Inc.

"More than 3,000 alumni of Lancaster University live in the United States. This includes Americans who spent their Junior Year Abroad at Lancaster during an American degree course, Americans like me, who gained a full degree at Lancaster, and alumni from Britain and other countries working in the States in our interconnected age. We are all part of Lancaster's rising global profile and can be proud of its international impact and achievements.

My fellow Directors and I helped set up the Friends - a 501(c) 3 organisation - in 2009 to make it easier for us all to maintain our connection with Lancaster. The Friends is about people - check out the profiles of our board members and supporters, and the students whose lives they have touched.  It's also about a sense of place - what makes Lancaster, set in a damp northwest corner of England, so special to us all?  And finally, it's about giving back, to help future generations create their own special memories as they prepare to make their way in the world with the help of their Lancaster education.

Of the more than 3,000 US-based Lancaster alumni, we do not have current contact information for at least a third. Please help us by registering on the Lancaster University Alumni website and keeping your own contact information up to date, and by encouraging your friends to update their own information.  Staying in touch, we can create a vibrant, growing network that will enrich all our lives."

Our Supporters

Hear from some of our donors to find out why they support the Friends:

Board Members



Bruce Sewell, President, Senior Vice-President, Apple. BSc Psychology, 1979, Bowland College

Geoff Piller, Director, Managing Partner, Beeson Tayer & Bodine. BA Politics, 1979, Bowland College

Tom Trezise, Director, Chairman, Trellist. Member of the Management School Advisory Board

Jeffrey C. Johnson, Director, Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP. JYA 1980, Lonsdale College

Jane Bierwirth, Director, Managing Director RSR Partners, New York. PA Politics and International Relations, 1973 Bowland College

Mark E. Smith, Director, Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University

Nigel Howard, Director, Partner, Covington & Burlington LLP. Law 1987, Pendle College

Major Donors


Gian Fulgoni MA Marketing, 1970, Cartmel

Eddie Robinson MA Operational Research, 1972,  Furness



James Barnard BA Hons Theatre Studies, 2008, Furness College

Kirsten Brady JYA, 2006, Bowland

Bruce Callander JYA, 1983, Furness

Jim Langabeer PhD, 2009, Graduate College

Amie Quivey JYA, 1993, Furness

Mark Shepherd BSc Hons Applied Physics & Electronics, 1983, Pendle

Steve Smith BSc Hons Statistics, 1980, Lonsdale

Wendy Lee Walker JYA, 1979, Fylde

Get in touch with Friends of Lancaster University in America:

Christine Parker, Secretary of FLUA

Development & Alumni Relations‌

C Floor, University House

Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YW

T +44(0)1524 594109


Contact a member of the Development Team

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