Pendle College, Lancaster

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Pendle College
Pendle College Lancaster University.jpg
Pendle West accommodation (Alexandra Park)
Pendle Witch, the college logo
University Lancaster University
Motto Altiora sequamor
Seek to Climb to the Top
Established 1974
Named for Pendle Region
Principal Roger Gould
JCR president Rebekah Christon
Dean Martin Colclough
Undergraduates 720
Newspaper The Witch
Website Pendle College
Pendle JCR

Pendle College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Lancaster. Founded in 1974, the college is named after the Pendle region of the east of Lancashire,[1] which is dominated by Pendle Hill. The term "Pendle" is associated with a great deal of fantasy and legend. Although named after Pendle Hill, the area is perhaps more well known for its association with the infamous Pendle Witches.


With standard, en-suite and studio accommodation Pendle College has a wide choice of accommodation options. The college moved to its current location at the far south end of campus in 1994;[2] Grizedale College had already incorporated the original Pendle buildings in 1993. When the university had floated proposals to build new college accommodation at what was then the southern end of campus, it was agnostic as to whether Grizedale or Pendle should take ownership of the new residences. The colleges' Senior Common Rooms were similarly unable to determine their position so the matter was decided through a drinking game conducted between students from both colleges[citation needed]. Grizedale won and elected to retain their existing college buildings and take over the existing Pendle buildings; Pendle would move to the new accommodation. The buildings completed in 1994 surround the college quadrangle and house 402 standard residence rooms. This complex is now known as Pendle East.[1]

Rooms situated in nearby Pendle West are subject to higher rents. With its own quadrangle, Pendle West occupies nine blocks of the Alexandra Park complex.[1] En-suite rooms are available in blocks 24-28: Winewall; Higherford; Fence and Crowtrees. Self-contained studio accommodation is in block 29 - Barnoldswick. Brierfield was part of Pendle until 2009 when it became part of Graduate College. Students commonly refer to Pendle West as "Posh Pendle" and Pendle East as "Ghetto Pendle".

Pendle East or Ghetto Pendle

Pendle East houses the two-storey college bar and JCR lounge, featuring a balcony overlooking the quad. Pendle bar is one of the larger bars on campus[3] and has the best acoustics of all the bars on campus[citation needed]. Pendle East also houses a launderette, computer lab, secure bike sheds, college offices and the Porters' Lodge. The residential blocks in Pendle East are numbered. The two-storey bar area is called the Merriman Block, after former college principal and history lecturer Marcus Merriman.


The De Lacy's purple lion crest

The college crest depicts a lion rampant standing on top of Pendle Hill with a witch's broom. The lion is taken from the arms of the Norman lords of the Pendle area, the de Lacys. The Latin motto "altiora sequamor" means "seek to climb to the top". The Junior Common Room College logo is a black witch on a full moon. The Pendle JCR motto is Venue of Legends. The college colours are dark green, yellow and black.


The statutes of the university established the college. Internally, the key committee that runs the College is the College Syndicate.

Most college officers are drawn from the Senior Common Room (SCR), although the Assistant Deans are both JCR members as well as being a part of the SCR. The SCR is composed of all University staff who are also members of Pendle. The table below lists the SCR members who are involved in the day-to-day running of the College.

Junior Common Room[edit]

The Junior Common Room (JCR) consists of all Pendle undergraduates. The term JCR is often used in reference to elected executive committee of the JCR. The executive committee undertake a variety of tasks, ranging from organising social events to co-ordinating sports, producing publicity and offering education and welfare services.

Notable alumni[edit]