Trev’s Times – WEEK TEN!

IT’S WEEK TEN, OH MY GOODNESS! We’re here, we have made it all in one piece! Here’s what is happening in the final week of term…

Winter Ball

The time has come for our wonderful Winter Ball… we hope you’re all excited! Here is some information about what’s happening on Tuesday evening:

 ❄️ Buses will leave Furness at 6:30pm prompt, by the Ann Helme garage on the perimeter road – REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR TICKET AND ID!
❄️ Arrive at the Netherwood Hotel at 7pm
❄️ 3 course meal (bar available – bring cash), followed by DJ until 1am
❄️ Coaches leave 1am prompt and one of the return coaches will make a drop-off in Dalton Square
❄️ Dress code: SMART – dress to impress!

Questionnaire

Give us your feedback on the last term by completing our survey!

Sports

Last week we saw Football as lose 5-0 to Lonnie, Bar Sports faced Grad where Men’s Darts won 7-2, Men’s Pool lost 7-2 (both As and Bs) and Women’s Pool won 5-4 and Women’s Darts won 4-3.

This week in sports we have…

Monday: Bar Sports vs Grizedale, Netball As vs Pendle at 9pm

Wednesday: Football As vs Grizedale at 1, Netball Bs vs Pendle at 3pm

Thursday: Netball Bs vs Cartmel at 9pm

Furness College Sustainability Challenge

 This challenge is open to all students of Furness College, so get involved

  • A chance to help Lancaster University become more environmentally sustainable
  • An opportunity to win £750 

    If you would like to be a member of the Furness College team please register your interest here. If you would like more information about the competition, please contact the Environmental Projects Team in the Students’ Union.  We encourage participants from all faculties and of any level of experience!

    Study Smart

    If you’re feeling the pressure of studying, come and say hello to your College Wellbeing Officers in the Library Foyer between 12 and 2pm on Wednesday 12th of December. Get some tips for managing study and exam stress, along with a healthy snack.

    They are also providing a chill-out area in the Base, complete with relaxing activities, so come along with your friends and take the pressure off for a while!

Are you here for the holidays?

Come and meet others who will be on campus too.

To enjoy a hot drink and free festive treats while finding out  what’s happening on campus and in Lancaster over the break in Fylde Common Room, Thursday 13th December 1:30pm – 2:30pm

For what’s open on campus, lancaster.ac.uk/vacation

To stay in touch with others, join “Staying in Lancaster for the vacation” on Facebook

Christmas Sales Day Trip to Chester & Cheshire Oaks

If you’re staying on campus over the holidays, why not head to Chester City Centre and Chesire Oaks on Saturday 29th December to make the most of the Christmas deals!

Tickets £20 available from the online store

Christmas Winter Wonderland trip to South Lakes Safari Zoo

South Lakes Safari Zoo is home to over 1,000 of the rarest and most endangered animals in unique natural environments which enable you to get as close as physically possible to experience the amazing creatures with which we share our planet.

The trip is taking place on Saturday 15th December with buses from the White Cross bus stop (opposite RLI) at 9.45am and Pendle Avenue at 10am

Ticket price £20 for adults, £15 for children includes travel and entry to the Zoo, available from the online store

Don’t Lose Your Wi-Fi

Happy Holidays from everyone in Furness. See you in the New Year!

P.S. To all our exchange students, thank you for spending your time here with us, we hope you’ve enjoyed it. Don’t forget us!

Trev’s Times – WEEK 9

Hey, Furness! It’s week 9, meaning it’s two weeks until we break up for CHRISTMAS!! How are we? Not too stressed I hope. Don’t worry, you’ve got this! Here’s what’s going on this week…

 

New JCR

Your new JCR has been elected! And they are:

President: Will Groarke

Democracy & Finance: Nicola Hall

VP Welfare: Georgina Henderson

VP Socials: Joe Fundrey

Welfare & Campaigns: Caitlin Nolan

Socials & Events: Bogdan Dragos

Media & Comms: Becky Smith and Lauren Whitaker

Welfare & Education: Lauren Yarwood

Welfare & International: Harriet Phipps

Sports: Jacob Ratcliffe and Georgie Zowonu

The new JCR will take their roles after Christmas. They’ve all got lots of new ideas for the college and can’t wait to start!

 

Sports

Last week Bar Sports took on Cartmel! Men’s A team pool lost 7-2, women’s pool won 5-4, women’s darts won 4-3, men’s darts won 8-1 and doms won 3-0. This week, bar sports are up against Grad! Monday and Tuesday at 7pm.

For football, the A’s game was cancelled but the B’s beat Cartmel 5-0!

For netball, games were cancelled due to rain last week. This week, A v Bowland 6pm on Tuesday, B’s v Bowland 2pm Wednesday, A’s v County 5pm on Wednesday, Trev’s Army v GuarenTREEd Goals (County) 9pm Thursday and A’s v Cartmel 6pm Friday

 

Carter Shield

The third round of the Carter Shield is going down this week, and the game is…basketball! Message us if you’re interested in playing, or just come down to support! It’ll be in the sports hall at 12pm on Saturday!

 

Colleges Charity Challenge 2019

Whether you’re already involved in fundraising and volunteering, or looking for a good opportunity to boost your student experience and CV – take up the Colleges Charity Challenge next term and see how you can make a difference!

Register via TARGETconnect to attend the Charity Challenge Info Session on Wednesday 5th December 1-2pm in Management School LT3, for more details about the challenge and to meet like-minded students interested in taking part. Refreshments provided! If you have any questions or can’t attend the info session, you can find out more on Facebook or by emailing collegescharitychallenge@lancaster.ac.uk.

Winter Ball

Don’t forget the Winter Ball is next Tuesday (of week 10). Tickets have now SOLD OUT. Don’t forget to collect them from Jo Dickinson’s office. Can’t wait to see you all there – dress classy!

 

The Big Vote

Voting for the JCR is now closed, but you can still vote for the SU referendum until Friday! Find out more information about the proposed changes and the yes/ no campaigns here

Quiz

Don’t forget the quiz – this Wednesday at 7:30pm! This week’s specialist topic is…LGBTQ+! As usual, £1 a head to play!

Study Smart

If you’re feeling the pressure from studying, come and say hello to your College Wellbeing Officers in the Library Foyer between 12 and 2pm on Wednesday 5th and Wednesday 12th of December. Get some tips for managing study and exam stress, along with a healthy snack. We’re also providing a chill-out area in the Base, complete with relaxing activities, so come along with your friends and take the pressure off for a while!

 

And that’s it for this week, folks. See you next time!

#MightyFurness

Trev’s Times – WEEK EIGHT!

Hello you lovely lot! Welcome back to Trev’s Times. It’s Week 8 already – how are we all feeling about that? I can’t quite believe we’re there already!  Read on to find out more about what’s going on this week in Furness…

 

Hustings

All important information about Hustings 2018 is here! Hustings is the best time to find out more about our new JCR candidates, giving you the opportunity to hear their manifestos and ask any questions that you might have.

Voting opens WEDNESDAY at 12pm and remains open until FRIDAY at 4pm.

(Good luck to everyone who has nominated themselves, I’m sure you’ll smash it!)

 

Sports Fixtures:

Week 7 scores: Football As lost 1-0 to Bowland, but the Bs won 2-1 against them! And in Netball, Mighty Mountains lost 17-1 to County.

And this week in sports… a lot of our teams are taking on Cartmel so some support at these matches would be amazing!

Monday: Bar Sports 7pm, with Women’s Pool  starting slightly earlier at 6:30pm

Tuesday: Bar Sports 7pm (Women’s Darts starting at 6:30pm), Netball As (vs County) at 7pm, Netball Bs vs Cartmel at 9pm

Wednesday: Netball Bs (vs County) at 3pm, Football (vs Pendle) at 3pm

Thursday: Trev’s Army vs Witch Please (Pendle) at 8pm

Friday: Mighty Mountains vsThe Mighty Boars (Grizedale) at 7pm

Saturday: Football Bs 5pm

Winter Ball

Winter Ball tickets are only on sale until December 3rd!! Don’t miss out on the Christmas event of the year with all your wonderful Furness pals, new and old. You can buy the tickets here.

Don’t forget to go and see Jo about your table arrangements if you haven’t already!

 

Food Bank Collection

Lancaster University students will be visiting the campus accomodations in Week 9 to collect non-perishable food items for Morecambe Bay Food Bank. There will also be donation boxes in the porters lodges.

If you would like to volunteer or find out more, please visit the Facebook Page.

 

Inter-College Quiz

QUIZZER NEEDED to compete on Monday 26th November 6:45pm-8pm. The winning prize after the head-to-head is £300 – get your quiz brains Furness!

 Please contact the Furness Facebook or email Jo as soon as possible if you’d like to participate!

 

Charity Challenge

Whether you’re already involved in fundraising and volunteering or looking for a good opportunity to boost your student experience and CV – take up the Colleges Charity Challenge next term and see how you can make a difference!

Register via TARGETconnect to attend the Charity Challenge Info Session on Wednesday 5th December for more information!

See the Facebook Page or email collegescharitychallenge@lancaster.ac.uk for more details.

 

Mindfulness Meditation

Need to relax and unwind from all those deadlines? Mindfulness Meditation is open to all students and staff every Thursday in the Chaplaincy Centre.

That’s it for now! Hope you have a great week, good luck with everything this week and beyond, and don’t forget to vote for your new JCR members!

Trev’s Times – WEEK SIX

Wow – Week 6 already!! We’re over halfway through Michaelmas Term now… Christmas is calling (too soon?!). Anyway, here we go with this week’s news!

Winter Ball

Furness! Get merry with us at this year’s Winter Ball… We will be travelling to the Netherwood Hotel for our annual Winter Ball on Tuesday 11th December 2018.

Tickets are on sale NOW until December 3rd, and you can buy them here. (Ticket prices include luxury coach travel to and from the hotel, a 3-course dinner, entertainment with magician David Lancaster, and a disco!)

Tickets are selling quickly, don’t miss out on

Nominations 

Are you thinking of joining our wonderful JCR Team? Well, now is your chance! You can nominate yourself by sending in your manifesto to Furness College Facebook Page.  On the Facebook page, you can also check out what is involved in any of the roles you’re thinking of nominating yourself for, as well as seeing what the current JCR have loved about being in their roles.

Nominations are open from 10am on Monday (12th) until 12pm on Friday (16th). Campaigning will begin in Week 7, and Hustings and voting  will begin in Week 8.

Sports Fixtures

There were a lot of victories in Week 5!! Table Tennis won 16-5, Men’s Darts won 5-4, Men A Team Pool won 5-4, Women’s Darts won 5-2 and Women’s Pool won 6-3! (#MightyFurness)

Monday: Bar Sports vs Fylde at 7pm

Tuesday: Bar Sports vs Fylde and Netball As (vs Fylde) at 7pm

Wednesday: Netball Bs (vs Fylde) at 3pm and Football As (vs Cartmel) at 5pm

Friday: Netball Bs (vs Grizedale) at 7pm

Sexual Health Campaign 

Furness, let’s talk about sex! This week our Welfare Team will be giving you all the information about the on-campus Sexual Health Services that are available to you!

Some of this week’s events entail a sex-themed quiz (on Wednesday) AND a free sex-themed breakfast too (date TBC – keep an eye on Facebook)!

The Big Sex Quiz!

This week’s quiz theme will be SEX! Following on from the week’s welfare activities… Let’s put your knowledge to the test!

The Takeover: Manchester

THURSDAY 15TH NOVEMBER: IT’S TIME TO TAKE OVER!

For one night only, we leave our comfortable Sugar and VKs, it’s time for Lancaster to take over Manchester!

All of the colleges have collaborated to bring you a huge, uni-wide night out – this is definitely not a night you want to miss.

For just £12 (!!) you will be taken to Manchester on a coach directly from campus at 8pm. You can buy your tickets here.

For more event information, see the Facebook Event.

Intercollegiate Quiz

Calling all Furness quizzers! We are looking to recruit a team for this year’s Inter-College quiz. This highly competitive quiz brings out the best of ‘College pride’, and takes a format similar to University Challenge. The winning team will split prize money of £300 and £100 goes to the runners-up.

To find out more and to register your interest, please email Furness College Manager, Jo Dickinson, by Monday 12th November.

Lancaster Award

The Lancaster Award.  Help yourself get noticed in the competitive graduate world!

Introductory sessions to find out more about the Lancaster Award, how it benefits you, and how it can enhance your future job prospects.

Week 6            Friday 16th November             15:00-16:00

Week 7            Monday 19th November         15:00-16:00

Week 8            Wednesday 28th November    13:00-14:00

Week 9            Thursday 6th December          12:00-13:00

Week 10          Monday 10th December         17:00-18:00

Book your place online via lancaster.targetconnect.netand to find out more about the Award, see http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/careers/students/the-lancaster-award/

Building Resilience Workshop

Build your resilience and confidence with Life Coach and Failure to Learn pioneer, Will Medd! There is a workshop session that you can attend on the 27th of November. You can book a place now by emailing transitions@lancaster.ac.uk

Student Housing Fair

On Thursday 15th November the Transitions Team will be attending the Student Housing Fair in The Great Hall from 12-4pm.

The first Housing Workshop will take place on Tuesday 4th December from 12-1.30 in Fylde Common Room. This will be an opportunity to come along to find flatmates to live within a format that is similar to speed dating. To book a place email transitions@lancaster.ac.uk

Develop Your Study Skills

Do you need advice on how to develop your study skills? Support is available through a variety of activities provided by the library. Resources include online study modules, workshops and one to one sessions, check out the Learning Skills and Development website to find out more or to sign up for a workshop or one to one session.

There you have it, Furness! Hope you smash all your exams and deadlines this week for those of you who have them. See you next time!

#MightyFurness

Trev’s Times – WEEK FIVE

Furness! Can you believe it’s week 5 already? Doesn’t time fly when you’re stressed and procrastinating? Don’t worry, we’ve got quite a bit going on in the  next few weeks to take your mind off it. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

15 Hour

Thank you to everyone who came on the 15 Hour! We hope you had a great time, and that  you’ve recovered by now. If you got some great pictures with your friends, why not send them over to the Furness College Facebook to add to our collection!

 

Winter Ball

It’s not long now until our annual Winter Ball at the Netherwood Hotel. It’s great night to get all your friends together, pretend you’re classy, and celebrate the Christmas season in style! Ticket sales close the 3rd December, so don’t miss out! You can buy your ticket here.

 

Nominations

Do you want to make an impact on your college? If so, you should run for the Furness JCR! Nominations open week 6, and we will be giving you guys all the information you need on the roles and campaigning. Also, nominations means Hustings is fast approaching – watch this space for more info!

 

Sports

Last week, Furness Bar Sports went up against County! Men’s Darts lost 5-4, A Team Pool lost 5-4, B’s lost 7-2, Women’s Pool lost 6-3 and Women’s darts won 7-0. Doms won 2-1.

For netball, the A team lost 20-17 to Grad, but the B’s won 21-16. Trev’s army lost 28-3 and the Mighty Mountains drew 3-3.

Football A’s lost 4-1 against County, and Table Tennis won 18-1!

This week, Bar Sports take on Bowland! Mondays & Tuesdays: 7pm.

In netball: A’s v Grizedale – Tuesday 7pm, B’s v Grizedale – Wednesday 3pm, Trev’s Army v Red Devils (Bowland) – Thursday 9pm, Mighty Mountains v Law Soc – Friday 7pm.

 

Student Switch Off

Are you living on campus? Student Switch Off are recruiting for Ambassadors –volunteers who help raise awareness of the energy saving competition across the colleges! They are holding a training session on Wednesday 7th November for anyone who’s interested where you can pick up transferable skills for your CV, as well as get a free Fairtrade T-shirt. No previous experience or knowledge required –just an interest in fighting climate change! This volunteering role is for students living on-campus.
Click here to register.

 

International Languages Cafe

 Explore communication across cultures and languages while enjoying a free lunch!  Taking place every Friday, these events are open to home students and international students interested in sharing and brushing up any of their language skills, from complete beginners to native speakers. It is a fantastic opportunity for foreign students to share their culture and for all other students to learn and exchange in a relaxed environment. A facilitator will help guide conversations. Friday 9th November – 1pm in the Roundhouse

And that’s it for this week, folks. See you next week!

#MightyFurness

Trev’s Times – WEEK FOUR

Hello lovely people! We have quite a fun-filled week lined up here at Furness, read on to find out more…

15 Hour Bar Crawl

THE 15 HOUR THEME HAS BEEN RELEASED – HEROES VS. VILLAINS!!

Tickets are on sale on WEDNESDAY 31st (Halloween!!) from 12pm – 4pm in the Furness TV Room. Tickets are limited so make sure to get there on time, with either your Purple Card or your Library Card and CASH to hand.

Halloween Movie Night

Head down to the TV Room on Thursday night (1st November) from 7:30  – keep your eyes peeled for the poll to vote on which Halloween film you’d most like to watch!

Sports Fixtures

Last week, Furness Bar Sports went up against Lonnie! Women’s Pool won 5-4 and Women’s Darts won 6-1. Men’s A Team Pool lost 6-3, B Team won 8-1 and Men’s Darts lost 7-2.

Table Tennis won 18-1.

Monday 29th:

Women’s Pool, Men’s Darts & Doms – 7pm

Netball B’s – 8pm

Tuesday 30th:

Women’s Darts, Men’s A/B Pool – 7pm

Netball A’s – 6pm

Wednesday 31st:

Football A’s

Quiz

Trev Quiz is on Wednesday as always – not to be missed! Make it your stop-off before your Halloween night out… and make sure to do your Holmes-work for this one!

Winter Ball

Tickets are on sale NOW for the Furness Winter Ball (linked here)! The ball is taking place at Netherwood Hall on December 11th. We can’t wait to see you there at this magical night! For more information head to the Facebook event page!

Debating

Furness needs YOU!

The introduction to the first Inter-College Debating Challenge is taking place on Monday 29th October (tonight!), at 7pm in Bowland North Seminar Room 6.

Although the competition is open to first year students, second and final year students are able to help with planning and research.   If you are interested then do please come along to the induction event!

Resilience Workshop

The Transitions team are running a workshop led by Life Coach Will Medd on November 6th. Head over to the event page to find out more.

Spooky Brews

Board Games and Spooky Brews! Go along and join the Lancaster University Transitions team while taking a break from your studies and enjoy some festive fun!  Tuesday 30th October, 12pm – 2pm in Fylde Common Room.

Aaand that’s just about it! Can’t wait to see you all at these events! Have fun and stay safe Furness, see you next week!

#MightyFurness

Trev’s Times – WEEK TWO

Hello again, Furnessians! Can you believe that the first week is already over – crazy, right? Hopefully, it has gone well for you and that you’re all settled in for this year whether you’re a first, second, third or even fourth year! Here we are again, to give you the lowdown of what Week 2 has to offer… 

 Co-Options 

 

HAVE YOU HEARD – WE NEED A SOCIALS OFFICER?! 

Furness College JCR needs another Socials and Events Officer to work alongside the lovely Alex and Fran who are super excited to welcome newcomers to the team! If you’re interested, please send in your manifesto to the Furness College Facebook page (just send it in a message or attach the file in the message) by WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER!! 

This is such an important role within the college and means you get to have a say in the organisation of events – particularly in the build-up to the 15 Hour… speaking of… 

 The 15 Hour Bar Crawl 

SAVE THE DATE! The infamous Furness 15 Hour Bar Crawl is happening on Saturday, November 3rd, which is in Week 4. Click interested or going on the Facebook event (here) to receive updates… particularly the all-important THEME RELEASE (Coming Soon)!

 Sports  

Now that trials are over, most of the college sports teams have been chosen – well done if you were selected! Here are this week’s fixtures if you’re interested in supporting any of our teams: 

MONDAY 15TH OCTOBER (7pm, Pendle Rooms) 

Men’s Darts 

Women’s Pool 

Dominoes 

TUESDAY 16TH OCTOBER (7pm, Pendle Rooms) 

Men’s Pool 

Women’s Darts  

WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER (7pm, Pendle Rooms) 

Table Tennis 

#BITECLUB 

 

#BiteClub is launching on Tuesday 16th October! It’s a cooking demo for healthy Mexican Rice! You’ll be taught how to make Mexican Rice, get cooking tips and tricks from the university’s head chef, and try the finished dish for yourself afterwards!  

Linked here is the Facebook event page for more information! 

Black History Month 2018 

 

Black History Month is all about coming together and celebrating African and Caribbean origin in British history. The Student’s Union is hosting a huge range of events open to everyone, which are about celebrating, appreciating, learning and listening. All events are ongoing throughout October, so you can find out more here about what else is going on! 

Get Into Teaching Campaign 

Do you know what to do when you graduate? Sign-up here for free and tailored advice on starting a career in teaching at http://ocply.co/dfe-18-lancastar-dg   

Or for more information, you can email one of the Brand Ambassadors Domenica at d.giorgianni@lancaster.ac.uk 

International Volunteering

Want to learn more about ethical volunteering? Want to support community-based projects abroad? Go to the Intervol welcome talk – Fylde LT2, 7pm, Thursday 25th OctoberThe exec will be holding a presentation on international volunteering projects that are available this summer. The talk will cover how to apply and what’s involved when volunteering with Intervol.

There will be a chance to ask questions and chat to exec members on the day but do feel free to contact us for more information or check out our society page and social media ahead of this. If you cannot make the event please contact us for alternative information.

 Do Good in The Wood 

 

If you’re interested in volunteering, Do Good in the Wood is for you! It’s the best way to relax and unwind whilst doing something good for the environment and people. The Furness trip is on October 21st so register your interest quickly! More information can be found on the Facebook page, here! 

Phew – I think that’s just about everything. Good luck in Week 2 everyone, especially any of you making your Furness debut in any of our sports teams! See you next week! #MightyFurness

Freshers Countdown… 2 Weeks to Go!

A Guide to Furness College

Following on from last week’s Lancaster Guide post… here is your Furness College Guide! This post will cover general information about Furness College, which is mainly it’s accommodation and location information, events that take place within the college, and college-run sports teams. Prepare to learn about all things Furness and read on to find out about all the great things that you can get involved in through your college during your time at Lancaster.

ACCOMMODATION

By now, most of you will have been allocated your accommodation and you’ll have started to find out who will be living in your buildings. Unfortunately, you won’t find out your flatmates until a few days before you move in, but you don’t have much longer to wait! You’ll be aware of Furness accommodation types as you’ve already applied and the accommodation page on the website will tell you more. However, for a brief run through, the “posh” buildings (ensuite accommodation) are the buildings with numbers

All of Furness accommodation is on central campus and is only about a minute walk to the central amenities on campus: Sultans, Spar, Costa as well as the Furness Common Room. The College buildings themselves have the offices of the Furness SCR (for example admin and welfare); the TV Room where all our Chill Factor events will be taking place in Freshers’ Week; the porters’ office where you can get your post and of course our own bar… Trevor! Trevor is the best place on campus to enjoy a tea or a coffee during the day. At the end of the day, it’s a place to relax and socialise. The bar also serves a wide range of wines and ciders! Various events are held in Trev over the year, such as GinFest and Trev Quiz.

PEOPLE

The SCR are your Senior College Representatives. The Senior members of the college have a role in managing the college and work closely with the JCR to make sure that the college runs smoothly.

The Porters are your first port of call for almost anything. They provide safety on campus, are available for urgent needs and also to collect your parcels. The Furness Porters are some of the loveliest people you’ll meet, and it’s a good idea to get acquainted with them as soon as you can!

The JCR are your Junior College Representatives. They are there to represent you, organise social activities and keep you informed and aware of all college activities and events. 

For more information go to the People page to view images of what these college members look like so that you have a couple of friendly faces going into Freshers Week!

EVENTS

Even though Furness is the smallest college, it definitely never gets boring! Over the year, the college hosts almost weekly events that welcome all participation ranging from sporting events and competitions to quiz nights and bar crawls – you name it, we do it! Here are a few examples…

TREV QUIZ! The quiz is Furness weekly event that is not to be missed, each week the quiz has a different theme or special topic so anyone and everyone can take part! The quiz runs every Sunday and it is the perfect way to start the week

15 HOUR BAR CRAWL! The Furness 15 Hour Bar Crawl is the college’s notorious event that happens twice a year. You will soon become familiar with Lancaster town centre, and the bar crawl will only help you grow your local knowledge! It’s a great way to bond with the whole of the college, and it is a really enjoyable event for all! It is a ticketed event and it does sell out fast, so keep your eyes peeled on the Furness Facebook page to make sure that you don’t miss out!

SPA NIGHT! The Furness Mountain Retreat was a popular event run in 2018 by Socials Officers Fran and Alex alongside the Welfare Team, and it proved to be a success! A super relaxing event involving face masks and yoga that is sure to make a comeback!

EXTRAV! Furness’ end of year themed festival has been a sell-out event for the past 3 years, rivalling other colleges! Last year’s Extrav theme was Lost College and you can check out some of the pictures from on Instagram (@furnesscolllege). Will you be part of this year’s Extrav?

FURNESS SPORT

Starting university and making new friends can be pretty daunting, so why not become part of a Furness sports team! It is the perfect way to socialise, keep fit, and get into the college spirit during your time at Lancaster! Taster sessions and trials for each sports team will be happening in Freshers Week or just after, so keep reading to find out more!

FURNESS NETBALL is so much fun to get involved with, all the girls on the team have so much fun in training, matches and in their socials (check out the team’s Instagram account for more: @FurnessNetball)! The Furness Netball team is great for anyone, of all abilities and whether or not you’ve played before.  Netball trials are held on Sunday the 7th of October, and the girls can’t wait to see you there! There is a Facebook event page if you would like to see more about the event and show your interest.

FURNESS FOOTBALL is a great way to socialise and gain a great group of mates. The football team is competitive but are known for their good sportsmanship and great socials! The football trials are held on October 3rd, the Wednesday in Freshers Week, so look out for more information in group chats… And follow the *unofficial* Instagram @furnesscollege_fc for more.

FURNESS BAR SPORTS is a great way to get involved and to get into the college spirit. It is super informal and super social. The bar sports taster will be held on Saturday, October 6th, so the Saturday of Freshers Week to conclude your first week at Uni, ah!!!

FURNESS TABLE TENNIS is a great way to get involved in table tennis for people of all abilities. Whether you’re a beginner and want to improve your game or if you’re a more advanced player and would like to play competitively Furness College welcomes all to the college table tennis team.  The table tennis team trains twice a week and has an intercollege league every Wednesday. Trials are going to be held on the 8th and 9th from 6:15pm. Contact Daniel Head or Emre Ceyhan if you have any questions!

*Sports trials are mainly to test people’s levels of ability in order to place people in the right teams, and are absolutely no pressure at all and should be seen as fun!

There you have it! That’s the lowdown on the college that you’ll soon be calling home. Hopefully this has helped you all, and that you’re just as excited about joining as we are about having you! As always, send us a message if you have any questions at all!

Freshers Countdown… 4 Weeks to go!

Hey Freshers!
Welcome to the Furness freshers’ blog. In the next couple of weeks leading up to Welcome Week, here is where you can find the information you need to prepare for student life at Lancaster. We will be sharing tips on decorating, on settling into uni life, and giving you guides on both Lancaster and the University so that you will hopefully feel more at ease come Moving In Day! Today, let’s talk decorating!

Decorating your new room at university is such a fun thing to do to really personalise your space and make it your own, as is super important to do when you’re moving into this new and strange place. In Furness, every bedroom is provided with a desk, shelving, drawers, a wardrobe, a bin and a pinboard, and then either a sink in the bedroom or an ensuite toilet, depending on which accommodation you opted for. This means that there is plenty of ways to add originality to your new bedroom! I had the most fun with this because it really felt like the first step to becoming my own person and having my own space. The best advice I can give is to make it super homely, and so that you feel like you always have a piece of your home with you while you are away. This, obviously, can be done in so many ways. One way did this was using the same little air freshener in my room as we use at home, just to have a familiar smell. Here are some other ways that I made my uni room my own…

Pictures and posters! My pinboard in my room was covered with pictures of my friends and family, just as a reminder of home, whereas my flatmates had posters of their favourite TV shows. Little things like this really give you the opportunity to show your personality through your decoration. And, a lot of the time it is a great way to bond with your flatmates as they can act as a great icebreaker!

Fairy lights! These are another fab way to make your room feel very cosy, especially after those long days of lectures when all you really want to do is snuggle down with a cup of tea and watch Netflix and let the rest of the world go on without you for a little while. And, fairy lights are a great alternative to candles, which unfortunately you can’t have in your uni room for fire safety reasons – just make sure that you follow college rules and only use battery pack fairy lights (also for safety reasons)!

A blanket. Going back to the whole homely idea – blankets or throws are the easiest way to make your bedroom super cosy, especially in the winter time!

A plant. As if you don’t already need more responsibility going to uni… Just kidding (sort of)! A plant is a really nice way to bring some life into your room. You could even name it too if you’re missing your pets while you’re away!

Here is an example of how you could decorate your room:

And, to round it off here’s a list of things that you might like to pack with you to make things a little bit easier when you get to uni:
– Doorstop – to keep your door open, obviously. This is something I would consider essential, and open door policy really helped me and my flat bond in the first couple of weeks at uni! (If you forget, you can always use a tea towel and that works just as well)
– Lamp – but no halogen bulbs! (And only battery pack fairy lights, and NO candles)
– Washing basket – this makes things MUCH easier when you have to go down to the laundry
– Extension lead – for all those devices!
– Washing rack
– This one is optional, but one I definitely found useful in standard accommodation, some cheap plastic drawers for the bottom of my wardrobe and a plastic box just for shoe storage!

I think that’s it for now… but don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions! Really looking forward to meeting you all soon!

Bev’s Hills – WEEK TEN

Here we are, the last week of term one! Week 10!!!!

How fast has this term gone, it’s crazy! But I’m sure we are all excited and ready for a long (and well deserved) break!

Did we all enjoy the snow over the weekend? … or lack of! Bet there was more snowfall in your home town, right? Same!

It is going to be short and sweet this week, as there isn’t much going on…to give us all time to focus on last minute revision and coursework submissions! However, it is with great sadness to announce that it will be THE last Bev’s Hills from Furness College. Our beloved college manager, Bev, is leaving for retirement this week. ;( It is with a heavy heart that the college bids farewell to Bev, Thank you for everything you have done not only for the students, but the staff and JCRs also. Bev you are an Instrumental part of Furness College and will be sorely missed. We wish you the most amazing, happy and relaxed retirement and hope to see you soon…at the Gin Fest, no doubt 😉

Free Breakfast

We have our returning Furness Breakfast this morning, 9am in Furness Foyer, pop on down to get yourself some free food, ready to fuel you for the day!

Winter Ball

In case it has slipped any of your minds…The winter ball is THIS TUESDAY!!!!! I’m v v v excited to get dressed up and enjoy a lovely evening with the college (and a three course meal hehehe). The coaches will be picking us up at 6:30 so please come to Trev for 6:00pm on Tuesday evening and we will all head on over and get the bus collectively.

Also please bring Cash for the bars!

College Sustainability Challenge Opportunity

This team based competition will open early next term. To find out more information here or register your interest now.

-A chance to help Lancaster University become more environmentally sustainable

-An opportunity to win £750 1st prize, £250 2nd prize

-An experience that will give you new skills and impress future employers

Quiz

There is no quiz this week due to it being week 10, Trev is open as usual though (of course) feel free to come on down and enjoy a few drinks, Wednesday is always a good one in Trevor

 

 

This is the Final Term in which the current JCR will be your JCR, we would like to thank you all so much for an amazing year of fun, laughter, memories, love and lots and lots of ‘angels’. This year would not have been as rewarding nor anywhere as near as fantastic without all of you lovely people, THANK YOU!

Before I get all emotional, have an amazing week, a very merry Christmas break and enjoy all the festivities, endless time with family and friends and most importantly take time to chill and rest before the January rush starts!

For one final time…

Bev’s Hills    –    O U T

(this is far too emotional :'( – promise I’m not crying)