Langwith College, York

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Coordinates: 53°56′56″N 1°01′42″W / 53.94880°N 1.02825°W / 53.94880; -1.02825

Langwith College
Langwith college York new center building.jpg
The centre building in the new Langwith College site on Heslington East
University University of York
Location Heslington East, York
Motto Vincit qui se vincit (Latin)
Motto in English "He conquers who conquers himself"
Established 1965
Named for Langwith Common
Head Dr Fiona Polack[1]
Officer Jonathan Exon
Administrator Suzanne Dekker
Undergraduates 1300
Postgraduates 400
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Website Langwith College
Student association Student Association

Langwith College is a college of the University of York. Alongside Derwent College it was a founding college of the University, and is named after the nearby Langwith Common.[2]


The front entrance of the old Langwith College site on Heslington West

Langwith, alongside Derwent is one of the founding colleges at the University of York, and was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 22 October 1965.[2] After having hosted Jimi Hendrix in 1967[3] however, 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]

In 2003, the university set out plans to create a campus for 5,000 additional students, Heslington East.[5][6] In 2012 Langwith moved to Heslington East and Derwent took over its previous buildings.

Buildings and services[edit]

Langwith College is split across four courts: Sydney Smith Court, Gordon and Francesca Horsfield Court, John West Taylor Court and Philip Brockbank Court; all of which are named after members of the University who have significantly contributed to student life.[7]

The new £30m buildings house 650 students [8] in a circular formation, and is home to both undergraduates and postgraduates. 'The Glasshouse' bar is located in the Langwith Centre Building and is managed by the Student's Union. Within the Centre Building is a launderette and a small study room, the 'Tom Lynch', for students. In October 2015, two new common rooms were built within the College, for students to relax and study in - the Corner Room and the Basement. The College is located nearby the brand new York Sports Village, which plays host to some of the best sports people across the University.

Organisation and administration[edit]

The Head of College is a university academic who shares teaching duties with college responsibilities. The Head is supported by the Assistant Head, a full-time member of staff who has responsibility for community, welfare and day-to-day affairs.[9] The incumbent Head is Dr Fiona Polack.[1]

The Assistant Head is supported by a team of part-time College Tutors, who are live-in postgraduate students.[10] The College Administrator manages the administrative affairs of the college.

Student life[edit]

Langwith has a strong rivalry with Derwent College. In 2015 Langwith was named as one of the top 50 halls in the UK.[11]

Student representation[edit]

All undergraduate residents are members of the College Student Association, (similar to a Junior Common Room). 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, community and college activities. Although branded as a Student Association, Langwith retains a Graduate Common Room and a Senior Common Room Committee and therefore the SA plays the same role as a JCRC in the other colleges.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Who's who in Langwith". Langwith College. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "History and Mission". Langwith College. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Nouse Archives
  4. ^ Langwith College, appeal for information
  5. ^ Garner, David (27 February 2003). "University outlines plans for new campus". University of York. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Chilvers, Mike (14 May 2004). "University threat to 'last farm'". BBC News. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Accommodation - Langwith". University of York. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
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  11. ^ "Best Halls 2015 - Reviewed By 5,132 Students on StudentCrowd". Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Who's Who in Langwith". Langwith College. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 

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