The County College

The County College

Name = The County College

Motto = "Sine Concilio Nihil"
"Nothing Without Purpose"
Motto2 = "Do It For The Tree!"
Colours =


Named_after = The County Palatine of Lancaster
Established = 1969
head name = Dean
head = Dr. Steven Dempster
Principal = Prof. David Smith
JCR Name = JCR President
JCR = Andy Johnston
Undergraduates = 835
Postgraduates = 0
Website = [ The County College]
JCR Website1 = JCR Website
JCR Website2 = [ The County JCR]
Bar = "The Northern Oak"
Paper = "Pendragon"
Campus = Bailrigg

The County College, sometimes known as County College, is a constituent college of the University of Lancaster. The establishment of the college was financed through the benefaction of Lancashire County council and it is named after the County Palatine of Lancaster. The college buildings were opened by HM The Queen in 1969.


The college residences were expanded in 1978 with the construction of "County West". In 2004 the college further expanded, after being granted buildings that had been vacated by Cartmel College. These buildings have since been renovated and named "County South" and now house a relocated college bar. In October 2006 "County South" expanded with the opening of three large residence houses built on the site of demolished Cartmel residence blocks. "County West" was demolished in August 2007 and in January 2008 the new construction of the 'Townhouses' on 'County Field' was completed.

County Main

The original college building is now known as "County Main". A notable feature of the building is the large old oak tree in the college quad. The building was erected around the tree without damage to its roots. The College is very conscious of its responsibility for the health of the tree and beneath its shade are two bench seats erected in memory of two former College Officers.


An oak leaf is used as a symbol of the College, and it is included on its Coat of Arms which was granted by the College of Arms. The college unofficial motto is "Do it for The Tree".

ocial Events

The college has a hectic social calendar with the opportunity to go on nights out that are exclusive to County members. Additionally the large kitchens which can accommodate up to 26 residents allow for residents to quickly get to know many people from their area of the college. This helps contribute to the friendly feel of the college as a community. Large kitchens will disappear once the refurbishment of County Main is complete for the 2008-2009 academic year, although the college should still remian a friendly place.


The college partakes in all of the inter-college sport events and competitions which are an integral part of collegiate life. These competitions relate to the "Carter Shield" and the "George Wyatt Trophy". The college darts, pool, football and netball teams have all achieved much over recent years with the women winning all three of their events in the 2006 "George Wyatt Trophy" and the retaining their darts title in 2007 and 2008, giving County Ladies darts 3 wins in a row. As well as Mens B-team pool and Dominoes also winning their leagues in 2008. County College is noted for its football teams and their particular "bar golf" championship.


The "College Syndicate" is responsible to the "Council" of the University of Lancaster for the good governance of the college. The syndicate meets once each academic term. and is composed of the entire SCR and the JCR executive committee.

The day-to-day running of the college is carried out by the college "Executive Committee", which is a sub-committee of the "College Syndicate". The "Executive Committee" is composed of the "College Officers" and the "JCR Executive".

College Officers

*Principal: Prof. David Smith
*Vice-Principal: Dr. Gavin Hyman
*Dean: Dr. Steven Dempster
*Senior Tutor: Dr. Graham M. Smith
*Assistant Senior Tutor: Jeremy Bethell
*Assistant Deans: Vincent Vezha, Kiran Kuttappa, Peter Watt, Harriet Goddard
*College Licensee: Jeremy Bethell
*College Administrator: Bette Nichols
*College Residence Officers: Jacqui Brian and Ruth Joyce
*College Porters: John Backhouse, David Harrison, Lee Parry and Michael Phillips

Junior Common Room

The Current JCR Executive

*President: Andy Johnston
*Vice President: John Almond
*General Secretary : Ceri Davies
*County Chairman : Katy Bradley
*Female Education & Welfare Officer : Lisa Cox
*Male Education & Welfare Officer : Danny Gray
*Social Secretary : Alex Adey
*Social Secretary : Chloe Themistocleus
*Social Secretary : Michael George
*Media officer: Emma Holliday
*Media officer: Sandeep Singh Banwait
*LGBT Officer : Matt Parkes
*Women's Officer : Myfanwy Lloyd
*Green Officer : KEEGAN YEAH
*International Officer : Laura Hounsome
*Sports Rep: Amy Beresford
*Sports Rep: Nathaniel Farrell
*SWD: Deborah Flitcroft

Past JCR Presidents

*2008 Andy Johnston
*2007 Deborah Dilworth
*2007 Peter Bachelour
*2006 Andrew Payne
*2005 Dan Peate
*2004 David Fowler
*2003 William Henry Lawrence Johnston
*2002 Faye Stickings
*2001 Warren Nettleford
*2000 Diarmaid McDonald
*1999 Ricki Glover

Notable Alumni

* Andy Serkis Actor

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