Universities scheme

  • While there have been Masonic lodges attached to universities for many years: Apollo University Lodge in Oxford being founded nearly 200 years ago and the Isaac Newton Lodge in Cambridge being founded shortly thereafter, the Universities’ Scheme was established by the Assistant Grand Master in 2005 ‘to establish and/or enhance arrangements and opportunities for undergraduates and other university members to enjoy Freemasonry’. There are now more than 30 lodges in the scheme. Their membership consists of undergraduates, postgraduates, senior members of the university and alumni, ranging in age from 18 upwards. All under-25s benefit from the decision by Grand Lodge to halve their dues in order to make Freemasonry as accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

    Click the link to watch a video of a new Mason talking about why he joined Freemasonry while he was at university.

    In this Province, The University Lodge of Liverpool No 4274 is now an established member of the scheme and has many graduate and undergraduate members not only from the University of Liverpool but from other local universities and, indeed, other universities from around the world. Those interested in joining might care to look at the lodge’s website at www.universitylodgeofliverpool.org.uk and make contact either through that site or by emailing univ@btinternet.com

    City of Lancaster Lodge No 281 has recently been awarded full accreditation as a ‘University Lodge’ by David Williamson Past Assistant Grand Master who currently heads the UGLE University scheme.

    Further information about joining this lodge can be obtained from the lodge secretary email l281@westlancsfreemasons.org.uk

    Any member of staff, student or alumnus (whether a Freemason or not) at the University of Central Lancashire or Edge Hill University who is interested in the extension of the university scheme to those universities and may be prepared to help or advise in the project please contact West Lancashire’s Provincial Secretary by telephone: 0151 709 2458 Ext 4 or by email to univ@btinternet.com