Grad College at Lancaster University
So the Grad College is the youngest of the nine colleges on campus it’s set up specifically for postgrad students and it’s set aside from the main University. It’s an over-arching umbrella that ties in academic and social and pastoral needs. It’s a place that I can go to to feel part of a bigger community. Grad College is a very small college, so you feel like you’re at home. Plus you can share experiences with people from all over the world. It’s one of the most diverse colleges because of people coming from different backgrounds and cultures. It’s a very close, tight-knit, supported community which seems to focus mainly around the central Grad Bar area. It provides you a centralised place for everyone to sit together and talk to each other. Grad College offers facilities both on-campus and off-campus for research, studying but the main thing that they offer off-campus that no other college offers is study space in the Storey. Lancaster University offers a range of postgrad-specific courses such as Literature Review, Thesis Writing, and Presenting Skills to help with your PhD. Lancaster University helps me to get involved with the community. I do a lot with community engagement, with literary salons, and reaching people with literacy and the University helps me get to where I want to be. So the Graduate College has an extensive social calendar throughout the year including GradFest, the big end-of-year festival that we have annually. They always come up with new things to make students interact with each other. There is always something to do. The main thing I like about being part of these activities is that it gives you a break from your own normal routine and helps you to interact with people from the diverse community. I like that there’s something for everyone. They offer family events – they are one of the only colleges that I know of that include children so that the social and the community and everything really involves family and the individual student. I’ve been part of Lancaster for the last three and a half years now I happened to meet phenomenal people it’s been an amazing experience getting to know so many people from different countries and having a chance to add so many things on my CV. It was really amazing and I’ll encourage everyone to be part of it because trust me, you’re not going to regret it.