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 593799s.currington@lancaster.ac.uk


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 592296julie.shorrock@lancaster.ac.uk

Louise Lawless (Accommodation Manager)

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

+44 (0)1524 594970l.lawless@lancaster.ac.uk

Tom Meaney

Tom Meaney (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 593672lonsdalewelfare@lancaster.ac.uk


Benjamin Shepherd (Senior Advisor)

The Senior Advisor has a general responsibility for student welfare and is also in charge of the College Advisory team (CAT).

+44 (0) 1524 592358


In Benjamin's substantive role in the University he is the Student Programmes Officer for the Physics and Chemistry Departments. Benjamin is a keen gardener, Poultry Club of Great Britain judge and has recently taught himself to crochet.

Assistant Deans

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

  • Hannah Champion
  • Kim Hudspeth
  • Charlotte Orr


College Porters

Our College Porters are:

  • Caron Beal
  • 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


If they are not in the lodge and you need assistance, telephone Security:

+44 (0) 1524 594541


Elle Zientek

Elle Zientek (CAT Advisor)

Elle graduated from Lancaster in 2018 having studied Linguistics and English Language. She now works at the University as a Student Recruitment Officer in the Recruitment and Admissions department. Elle has a wealth of knowledge about settling into university and life at Lancaster, from her job and her time here as a student. She has an interest in mindfulness and is always up for a chat over a brew (of Yorkshire tea!).


Liz Cogan (CAT Advisor)

Liz is part of the administrative support for the University Maintenance Team. In her spare time, she is learning Itallian and likes to visit Italy when possible. She is a keen dancer and part of a local performance dance group.

Maryam Ghorbankarimi

Maryam Ghorbanarimi (CAT Advisor)

Maryam is a film practice lecturer in Lancaster institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA). She's usually quite up to date with the latest films and TV series, all in the name of reserach of course! 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.

Tom Morley

Tom Morley (CAT Advisor)

Tom graduated from Lancaster in 2018 and currently works in the Library as their Open Research Officer. He's a long suffering Bolton Wanderers fan and his hobbies include hiking, photography and playing football.

Emily Reece

Emily Reece (CAT Advisor)

Emily works in the Recruitment and Admissions department as their Event Support Manager. She has two teenage daughters, love dogs and likes to cold water swim; and occasionally likes to run.

Emily Reece

Lucy Blackburn (CAT Advisor)

Lucy works in the Recruitment and Admissions department as a Studnet Recruitment Events Officer. She is a mum of two football mad boys and loves to cook!