Vicki Mathews (Principal)

Vicki provides strategic leadership and management to the College working closely with the SCR and JCR to identify opportunities to enhance inclusion of all members and pursue objectives that highlight the uniqueness and individuality of the College.

She is based in the College on Tuesdays in the office behind the Porters' lodge.

+44 (0) 1524 593396


Julie Shorrock (College Manager)

My office is next door to the Accommodation Manager. My door is always open (generally during office hours) to students who wish to discuss problems – whether academic or personal or just want to pop in for a chat or say ‘hello’. If you are feeling homesick, having problems with flatmates just pop in to see me or email me and I will do my best to alleviate this and find the best way forward; I am always willing to offer a soothing word and sometimes this is all that is required. If I can’t sort things out I’m sure I’ll find someone who can but be assured your problems will seem lighter after talking them over – all conversations are confidential.

+44 (0) 1524 592296

Louise Lawless (Accommodation Manager)

The Accommodation Manager is responsible for all residential matters in the College.

+44 (0)1524 594970


Julian Morris (College Wellbeing Officer)

Each college has a Wellbeing Officer who can provide guidance on welfare and psychological issues to help you during your time at Lancaster University.

+44 (0) 1524 593672


Emma Du-Frayer (Senior Advisor)

The Senior Advisor has a general responsibility for student welfare and she is also in charge of the advisory system – the CAT Team. 

+44 (0) 1524 593724


Sherry Currington (Vice-Principal and Dean)

The Vice-Principal deputises for the Principal in their absence.  As Vice-Principal, Sherry deals with Welcome Week Reps and Welcome Week. 

The Dean is the senior disciplinary officer of the College and investigates alleged breaches of university or college rules.  The Dean is assisted by our Assistant Deans, who are all postgraduate students who live alongside you in the College. 

+44 (0) 1524 593799

Assistant Deans

The Assistant Deans support the Dean in matters of College discipline. Your current Lonsdale Assistant Deans are:

  • Ryan Bartle
  • Kim Hudspeth

College Porters

Our College Porters are:

  • Caron Beal
  • Colin Fish
  • Darren Muckalt
  • James Rutherford
  • Paul Winder

There is a member of the Porters' team available around the clock for security and support. 

+44 (0) 1524 592250


Elle Zientek

Elle Zientek (CAT Advisor)

Elle graduated from Lancaster in 2018 having studied Linguistics and English Language. She returned to work at the University as a Student Recruitment Assistant. Elle has a wealth of knowledge about settling into university and life at Lancaster, from her job and her time here as a student.


Liz Cogan (CAT Advisor)

Liz is one of the College Advisors and works in the Dean’s office at the Management School.   She is a Postgraduate student of Lancaster (Drama and Theatre Studies) and has good knowledge of the University.  Prior to taking up her role in the Dean’s office she worked for the University Hospital Morecambe Bay at Lancaster Infirmaries Education Centre.  Her door is always open and she always ready to listen and find solutions.            

Maryam Ghorbankarimi

Maryam Ghorbanarimi (CAT Advisor)

Maryam is a film practice lecturer in Lancaster institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA). While she is fairly new at Lancaster University she has plenty of experience working with both home and international students in her last post at University of St Andrews.

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Benjamin Shepherd (Deputy Advisor)

Benjamin has been at the University since 2006. Firstly as a student (reading Religious Studies) graduating in 2009 with only a short break in ‘service’ whilst successfully completing a PGCE in secondary school education at the University of Cumbria.

He joined the Engineering Department as the Part II Co-ordinator in 2018.

In his spare time Benjamin is a keen gardener, Poultry Club of Great Britain judge and has recently learned to crochet.