Lonsdale College

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Lonsdale College is a constituent college of the University of Lancaster, UK. It was one of the two founding colleges, built when the university first opened in 1964. It is also one of the largest colleges on campus in terms of Junior Common Room membership, with over 1,200 JCR members. Like most other colleges in the university, the college is named after a region of the traditional county of Lancashire. The college takes its name from the Lonsdale area, the valley of the River Lune.


Formerly located to the north of Alexandra Square, in 2004 the college was relocated to Alexandra Park which is situated in the new southwest campus. The old college buildings were transferred to Bowland College and are now called Bowland North.

College Symbols

Under Bob Neal's principalship the college adopted the lion as its symbol. The "Heraldic" lion features in the official Lonsdale college logo. Use of the lion is widespread throughout the college, however the old lion still features on the college tie. The college colours are observed in the college scarf and include: blue, white, red and grey.


Lonsdale college boasts a bar called Mane Place, a JCR, SCR, a computer lab, a study room, and a launderette.

Social Events

The college has a noted long standing reputation for being the university's "party college", holding some of the most well attended social events on campus. Lonsdale was the first winner of the inter-college rugby sevens cup in 1969.


Just over half of the college's students live in college at any one time. Other Lonsdale students live in Lancaster city centre. The residential buildings housing the college's entirely en-suite accommodation are named after places in the Lonsdale area. Due to ongoing building work on campus, precisely which residential buildings are Lonsdalion ones is subject to change each year. However, in spite of this, the college has been able to transfer Lonsdalion block names as it takes and relinquishes the various residential buildings.


The College is established under the Statutes of the University. Internally, the key committee which runs the College is the College Syndicate.

College Officers

  • College Principal: Keith Davidson
  • College Vice-Principal: Michael Pickles
  • College Secretary: Juli Slater
  • College Residence Officer: Marilyn Lindsay
  • College Senior Tutor: Moira Gathercole
  • College Dean: Paul Coulton
  • College Licensee: Andy Shaw

Junior Common Room

The Junior Common Room consists of all Lonsdalion undergraduates. The term JCR is often used in reference to the junior common room's elected executive committee. The executive committee undertake a variety of tasks, ranging from organising social events to co-ordinating sports, producing publicity and offering an education and welfare service. The JCR publishes 'Purple Lonnie', the college magazine. The origin of the magazine's name relates to an episode when one of the parents of a member of the JCR executive worked for the company that penned the Purple Ronnie poems. On being asked to pen a Purple Ronnie poem for Lonsdale, the poem came back signed Purple Lonnie.

Past JCR Presidents

  • 2008: James Atkinson
  • 2007: Al Duhaim Cross & Sebastian Negreira
  • 2006: Jo Kilburn & Michael Liffen
  • 2005: Jonathan Smith
  • 2004: Tom Shepherd
  • 2003: Daniel Barcroft
  • 2002: James Athey
  • 2001: Gareth Stubbs

Past JCR Executive Members

  • 2007: Al Duhaim Cross, Sebastian Negreira, Steve Donlon, Sam Birkinshaw, Danny Ovens, Kris Littlewood, Kate Harling, Georgie Dreher, Rettika Mehta, James Atkinson, Alina Kougioufa, Claire Hill, Ian Eyres , Dom Selby, Jason Umney, Ben Berry, Sarah Barnes, Lucy Bottomley, Adam Lawton and Steve Edelman.
  • 2006: Jo Kilburn, Michael Liffen, Suzy Lawson, Rachel Timmins, Emma Moore, Sotirios Hatjoullis, Bethan Evans, David Mannheim, Lauren Moss, Rhian Glover, Matt Lynch, Jamie Carruthers, David Hamblin, Samantha Anderson, Tom Garvin, Vikki Patterson, Sebastian Negreura, Eddie Lloyd-Davis, Paul Green and Naomi Summerell.
  • 2005: Jon Smith, Catriona Forbes, Amanda Spiers, Kerry Ryan, Ben Buxton, Michael Liffen, Emma Moore, Lauren Moss, Jo Kilburn, Ben Sneddon, James Maxwell, Catherine Dobson, Richard Wyatt, Rebecca Sharkey, Samantha Anderson, James Maxwell, Jo Upson, Lida Khanverdi, Steve-O McCartney, Adam Foley, John Tuckwood, Lorna Diggle and Vicki Garside

Other uses

Lonsdale College is also a fictional college of the University of Oxford, as featured in Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse novels. In the television adaptation of Inspector Morse, Brasenose College was used to represent Lonsdale.

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