Graduate College, Lancaster

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Graduate College
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Graduate College
University University of Lancaster
Established 1992
Named for Graduate Students
Principal Claire Povah
Postgraduate Board Chair Amy Sugden
Dean Gareth Ellis
Postgraduates 3,555
Newspaper GradNews
Website Graduate College

Graduate College is the only college in Lancaster University to take postgraduate students rather than undergraduates. Until its creation in 1992 each of the other eight colleges also took postgraduates. The university had a lot of success in postgraduate work, and it was felt postgraduates should have their own college for social, administrative and accommodation purposes. All incoming postgraduate students are members of the college, even including those Lancaster graduates who were members of other colleges when undergraduates.

Instead of having a JCR, there is a PGSA (Post Graduate Students' Association). Unlike the University of York, where the GSA is separate from the main students union, the PGSA is a sub-committee of the Lancaster University Student's Union, of which all postgraduates are full members. The PGSA instead operates more as a residents association, focusing mainly on social events and residential welfare issues; it relies heavily on its parent organisation for most services.

The college bar, The Herdwick, is known for its large beer festivals, its constant supply of real ale and a variety of whiskies. It is listed in the Good Beer Guide, one of three student bars in the country to be included. It is also known for its weekly live music nights, usually every Thursday when a mix of student and non-student bands play in the bar.


According to the college constitution the aims of the college are:

"to stimulate and support graduate studies at the University, to enhance the University's national and international academic reputation, and to advance knowledge, wisdom and understanding".

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