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How the College works

Junior Common Room (JCR)

All students of our college are part of the Junior Common Room (JCR). The JCR Executive (or “Exec”) are the 14 students who are elected by all the JCR to be the voice of the college’s student body. Throughout the course of an academic year, they work to organise charity and social events, including the annual Winter Ball, the ‘Grizedale Big Grill’, the ‘Secret Social’, the Grizzle Quizzle, numerous BBQs, and the summer Extrav.

If you’re looking to organise a Grizedale club or event, get in touch with the JCR Exec, or email Will Harpley, Grizedale College Manager.

Senior Common Room (SCR)

The SCR is made up of members of University staff who are also members of Grizedale College. Some Senior Members have a role in managing the College and form an integral part of College life by working closely with the JCR Exec and by contributing towards the intellectual and social experience of our students. The Principal and College Officers attend Senior Management Team meetings every Monday during term time.


The College is a community in which a large number of people live and work closely together, the Deanery exists to ensure that all members can live, work and study in a safe environment which allows them to make the most of their time at Lancaster University.

College Rules are applicable to all students, whether you live on campus or not. If you experience any difficulties with fellow students please contact one of the College Officers to raise your concerns. Further information can also be found in the .


Alleged breaches of the rules will be investigated by the Deanery who will also decide on any sanctions to be applied. The most serious cases will be dealt with by the University Board of Discipline.

A student is permitted to be accompanied by a fellow student, a representative from the Student Union, the Grizedale CAT or another member of University staff.

Failure to attend a summons without a reason will result in a fine.

The full procedure for the process and for any appeal may be found in the Student Discipline Regulations.

The Deanery would like to make all students aware of fines that will be applied if particular rules in the Residences and University Rules are broken.

College membership fee

All students studying for an undergraduate degree who will be at the University for a three or four year degree must pay the College Membership Fee.

This fee is put to various uses, including:

  • Welfare – Part of the fee is used to support the welfare of college members through the college advisory system, welfare campaigns, events and drop-ins run by College Officers and the student exec (JCR/PGBoard).
  • Events – The colleges offer a variety of events throughout the year which are subsidised by college fees. These include arrivals day welcome dinner, Welcome Week activities and refreshments, end of year celebrations and days out. The fee also supports other opportunities such as Career talks, Lancaster Award briefings and personal development workshops.
  • Funding – Most colleges award grants and prizes for various achievements and challenges, such as outstanding academic achievement, travel grants and postgraduate scholarships.
  • General – The fee is also used to enhance the college social and study spaces including décor, furniture, IT/AV, support for the College Sports teams, recreational equipment and refreshment facilities

A Note from our College Manager

Hello and welcome to Grizedale College!

My name is Will and it’s my job is to implement the decisions of the College Management Committee – that’s the paper shuffling bit. I also spend a lot of time talking with and listening to students. My office (A07 Grizedale College Foyer) is very close to the Grizedale Security lodge, next to the College Bar. So if you are paying a visit to Tracy Hargreaves (Accommodation Office) or just passing, pop your head round my door and introduce yourself. It’s the little things that keep me going so feel free to call any time.

If I don’t meet you for any other reason, I will see you when you come to collect tickets for college functions such as the Winter Ball. For those of you who are foolish enough to displease the Dean, I will also see you when you come to pay the fine.

I am not an academic and I don’t know anything, but I know a lot of people who do, so if you have a question, ask me and I will point you in the right direction. Alternatively, if living amongst the ‘clever’ people of the world starts to make you feel down, pop along for a cup of tea (no sugar in mine) and I promise you will leave my office feeling superior to at least one member of the community. :-)

My door is always open and you don’t need to have a problem to come in for a chat. However, if you do need to speak to me in private you should bear in mind that I am not telepathic. You have to say ‘I need to speak to you in private please’ or use some sort of sign language. As if by magic, the office will empty and we will sit down and sort out whatever it is that’s bothering you. Isn’t communication wonderful? Likewise, if you are in my office having a chat and I ask to be alone, I expect you to realize that there is someone waiting in the wings with a greater need than you/me for a chat and you must leave and come back later.

The University is full of people who are willing and able to help you. We can’t guarantee to wave a magic wand and make your troubles go away but you will be surprised how easily problems, which seem insurmountable to you, can sometimes be solved. You are responsible for your life, but you are not expected to face everything alone. You are not expected to know everything, if you knew everything, why would you be coming here?

As a student you can expect to be in a state of flux for a long time. It will be exhilarating and, hopefully, it will be a very positive experience, but there may be times when it is too much for you to cope with on your own. At these times I and others like me, will be here waiting for you to call.

I would like you to arrive excited but apprehensive, expecting to feel strange: loss of family, loss of friends, loss of all that is familiar and comforting. If you arrive expecting to feel insecure and alone, it can only get better. Accept the lows along with the highs and enjoy the experiences. Make it all count; and if it gets too much, seek help. Don’t suffer in silence, or what is a minor ‘blip’ may end up with a total ‘shut down’.

I am looking forward to getting to know you, so why wait for the start of term? The summer holidays are pretty boring for me, nothing but paperwork, so if you have any questions, why not email me or telephone me on +44 (0) 1524 592631 and we can make a start at getting to know one another.


College Manager, Will Harpley
College Manager, Will Harpley