Bev’s Hills – Week 1

Good Morning Furness!

Welcome to the exciting, beautifully composed, critically acclaimed newsletter Beverley’s Hills!

My terrible joke of the week:
If cattle had a sense of humour, would they be a laughing stock?

Furness Freshers 2013

Furness became home to 378 new freshers this year and what a week they’ve give us! From the first night new furnessians were getting acquainted with the college chants, and one lucky lady got more than acquainted with the Furness TV Room. Monday night quickly followed with a ghost walk, though you can’t get much more scary than Cartmel girls. After, the paint party in elements, for many the first taste of Lancaster nightlife (and UV paint).

Tuesday was home to the campus bar crawl ending in Cartmel with the silent disco. Wednesday was equally as silent at the movie night without a movie. Thursday brought Her Majesty the Queen (well kind of) to Furness foyer as the official pre-tea before the big night out in Lancaster!  If you could hack it Friday brought the delights of Hustle and Lounge. Saturday everybody scrubbed up well and was looking good for the James Bond casino ending in Elements. Sunday meant the last day of freshers a tons of bbq on the (not so) sunny Windermere boat trip. Afterwards there was a cracking turn-out at the pub quiz, where “All credit to Zoe” won the £50 cash prize and VIP booth in Elements. “Flat 7 sucks” did indeed suck and came in last place.

My milkshakes bring all the boys to Trevor

reggieTrevor – furness bar is now doing milkshakes of all of your favourite chocolate bars!

Trev’s open 11AM – 11PM weekdays selling soft, alcoholic and hot drinks. As well as speciality cakes. It is also home to your weekly pub quiz that will be starting up again Wednesday Wk. 2.

On the evening of the 18th of October join us and Paul Palmer’s quartet once again for the return of our Jam-in-Furness series.

Paul plays regularly at Zefirelli’s in Ambleside, at the Keswick Jazz Festival and last summer he played at Lancaster Jazz. His regular haunt is Hope and Anchor in Ulverston, but he plays throughout Cumbria and Lancashire. You may also remember him from our colleges grand re-opening last November and the first Jam-In-Furness in May!

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Thurd Furst

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Me and Piotr your publicity officer are well underway making our third edition of the world renowned Furness magazine. If you haven’t seen them before, or want to reminisce you can view them here. Once again Mrs. Furst the furness resident agony aunt is here to help with any of your problems, make sure you get in touch on ASK.FM – but please no cyber bullying she is a sensitive lady.

If you want to write an article however serious or not you need to get it to me and Piotr by Wednesday at the latest.

Short and sweet for this week, hope you’ve all had an amazing freshers week I’m absolutely gutted it was my last one but I don’t think I can take another one anyway.

Til next week,


College Porters – Paul Davey, Sue Smith, Terry Metcalfe & Joanne Shaw


Terry  Joanne

The College Porters are highly valued members of the College and are important people in College life.  Most students will see more of them than of the other University officers and they provide all sorts of help cheerfully and informally.  The College Porters keep the infamous ‘incident book’ covering everything from noise complaints to inter flat fall outs!  If your actions warrant a mention ‘in the book’, expect a visit from the Deanery – you have been warned!

They can be contacted on 01524 593714.


College Manager – Jo Dickinson

My name is Jo and I am responsible for the day to day running of the College and for the welfare of our students. I work closely with all the College Officers and JCR members to ensure our College and events run smoothly, and our students have a friendly face they can turn to if they have any queries or just want someone to talk to. I hope you have a great time whilst at Lancaster and if I can be of help with anything at all, please pop in and see me.


College Dean – Natalie Miller

Hello, I’m Natalie your College Dean. I’m responsible for making sure that the college is a safe and happy place and I try to ensure rule violations are kept to a minimum. Most of you (I hope) will only see me at social events throughout the year.

Senior Advisor – James Mawdesley

I am the Senior Advisor in Furness College, so I work coordinate FurCAT to ensure that we provide an accessible first point of call with any issue, big or small, which you may have at University. Please do feel free to stop me for a chat as I spend a lot of time in Furness – my ‘day job’ is based in the Faculty of Health and Medicine which is located upstairs in Furness. Away from work, I enjoy fell walking (I am currently working my way through the Wainwright summits in the Lake District), and I am a supporter of Preston North End, which is a mixed bag in terms of enjoyment…

Vice-Principal – Olga Gomez-Cash


Hello, my name is Olga and I’m Head of Department in the Department of European Languages and Cultures. I have been Vice-Principal of Furness College for a number of years, having been both an Assistant Dean and Dean in the past. Being part of the College has allowed me to understand and connect to the University in many ways. College life is in many ways the soul of Lancaster University life, and I am proud to be involved in Furness College and support it. As Vice-Principal I represent the College in the absence of the Principal at various University meetings and sit on the Management Group of the College, and the College Council and Syndicate.


Principal – Wlodek Tych


Hello, my name is Wlodek and as Principal I represent the College within the University to make sure it is your true home-from-home. I would like you to be aware of of my presence, as I don’t want my role to be a purely formal one. I am known by my students in LEC to be approachable, so try me, I am also known as a saxophone playing foodie gadget person, if this makes sense. I swim and sail, had Dog, now have Cats, often talk to animals, sometimes to inanimate objects. If you want to know anything else – ask.


The Lancaster Award 2017/18

CONGRATULATIONS to the following Furness College students who have successfully achieved the Lancaster Award this academic year (2017/2018)

Andrew Harris Bolutife Sofoluwe
Crisanto Da Cunha Daria Papenko
Irina-Ruxandra Patrichi James Watson
Ka Wing Wu Kelsey Hammond
Louiza Ignatiou

Miriam Luft

Nam Thanh Nguyen Le Natalie Ramadhin
Rachael Brindley

Rozali Ignatova

Samuel Rose Scott Dean
Sophie Parker Sophie Rooney
Thomas Harrison Viktorio Serdarov
Wai Sing Sham Yau Hin Tse 
Yin Tung Giselle Liu  

The Lancaster Award recognises the many extra-curricular activities and achievements outside your academic studies.  The Award has been developed in partnership with employers and is a certificate that rewards you for making the most of your time here at Lancaster.  It will help you stand out from the crowd and enhance your future employment prospects.

 To achieve the award, you will undertake a variety of activities and reflect on the skills you have developed.  You will be assessed via submission of a Skills Bank, CV / LinkedIn profile and a video interview.

The Lancaster Award is the perfect record of all the students achievements. They are given the tools and the confidence to articulate and demonstrate just how much they have to offer an employer.

To find out more, see The Lancaster Award webpage.