Langwith College

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Coordinates: 53°56′50″N 1°02′59″W / 53.9473°N 1.0496°W / 53.9473; -1.0496

Langwith College
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University University of York
Motto Vincit qui se vincit
Motto in English "He conquers who conquers himself"
Established 1965
Named for Langwith Common
Undergraduates 1500
Postgraduates 400
Website Langwith College
Langwith Student Association

Langwith College is a college of the University of York. It was the first college (along with Derwent) to be opened following the university's foundation in 1963, and was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 22 October 1965.


The college is located on the new Heslington East campus. It moved from its original Heslington West buildings to brand new accommodation in September 2012. The new £30m buildings house 650 students [1] in a circular formation, and is home to both undergraduates and postgraduates. 'The Glasshouse' bar is located at the centre of the college and is managed by the Student's Union. Within the college buildings is a launderette and a small study room for students. The Glasshouse is a joint common room for Langwith students and a place where they're able to share space. The college is located right next to the brand new sports village and plays host to some of the best sports people across the university

Langwith has one of the largest Student Association in the University. It has a strong rivalry with Derwent College and in 2005 it won the university's college sport league.

Langwith College is split across four courts: Sydney Smith Court, Gordon and Francesca Horsfield Court, John West Taylor Court and Philip Brockbank Court.[2] all of which are named after members of the University who have significantly contributed to student life.


Langwith, alongside Derwent is one of the founding colleges at the University of York, however after having hosted Jimi Hendrix in 1967,[3] the day to day history of Langwith College is largely undocumented, with much of the documentation from the early years being lost through fire damage. The college has an ongoing appeal to its alumni for any help they can be to chart and illustrate the history of Langwith.[4]

The original college buildings on the Heslington West campus were absorbed in to Derwent College in 2012.


The Head of College is the Principal, a university academic who shares teaching duties with college responsibilities. The Principal is supported by the College Officer, a full-time live-in member of staff who has responsibility for welfare and day-to-day affairs.[5]

The College Officer is supported by a team of part-time Welfare Tutors, who are live-in postgraduate students.[6] The College Administrator manages the administrative affairs of the college.

The current College Staff are:

Principal: Alan Farrell College Officer: Jonathan Exon College Administrator: Suzanne Dekker

Student Association[edit]

All undergraduate residents of Langwith College are members of the Student Association, and continue to remain members throughout their time at the university. Its committee is elected annually and is responsible for representing the interests of Langwith students. The committee consists of various roles and focuses on events, welfare and college activities. Langwith is infamous for its college events and activities including RAG and volunteering.



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