About Halifax College

The Global Village in the World-Class University

As the largest college at York, Halifax College has over 2,700 members and 970 residents - with backgrounds as international and UK undergraduates, postgraduates, and students with families.

Our location and beautiful rural setting give Halifax College a unique atmosphere of a lively student village. This character is enhanced by the green and leafy courtyards, with their barbeques and picnic benches, that become popular places to study and socialise whenever the weather is good.

This village character is combined with one of the most diverse memberships. This means that Halifax College members graduate from the University with appreciation of the world around them as well as the friendship network that spans the globe.

College Themes

The college is actively developing three key themes:

  • Leadership: Our mission is to make Halifax College members society leaders of tomorrow. With a wide range of diverse opportunities we make sure that all our students develop important leadership, study and employability skills while pursuing their degrees. In addition to providing mentoring and support to our active Students Association and ad hoc groups of students interested in organising college activities, in 2014/15 our Leadership programmes will include Leadership Houses, College Skills Programme and Halifax Interest Groups. By participating in these programmes our students gain skills and improve their employability outside the traditional classroom setting and, often, without even realising that they are doing anything special.
  • Sport & Active Living: Halifax is known throughout campus for its sporting prowess. Our teams perform consistently well in inter-college tournaments, with Halifax football team winning the College Cup for four years in a row. From 2014/15 the college will be rolling out a number of activities to support our teams as well as to help players to become college community leaders and to develop valuable skills that will benefit them off as well as on the pitch.
    However, sport in Halifax College is about much more than just college teams. We use informal sport activities and matches to establish a community spirit within the college and to ensure that our students form friendships with their peers from as diverse backgrounds as possible. In addition to more traditional sports the college organises a range of active living and well-being activities from Yoga and Aerobics classes to dance nights and from hikes to white water rafting trips.
  • Creativity & Innovation:  We are committed in making our college a platform for students creativity and innovation. From 2014/15 the college will be starting a number of arts competitions and classes along with an exciting Innovation Challenges programme. Most importantly, however, we believe that the college should support its students in being innovative and creative by providing support and mentoring for student-led initiatives. More than others, this is the Halifax College theme that will be developed by you and we are excited about where you will take us!

Halifax College aims to enrich the social environment through providing places and opportunities for members of the College to meet and mix on equal terms and to promote an active social and developmental programme for all college members.

College Teams

The college is headed by a Provost (currently, Dr Oleg Lisagor) - an academic member of staff - who has overall responsibility for wellbeing, support, discipline and personal development of its students and exercises oversights over most operational aspects of the college. The provost is supported by full time College Administrators, College Dean (a volunteer member of staff resident in the college) and six residential College Tutors (postgraduate students who are trained as mentors for our students).

The College Provost reports to the University's Pro Vice Chancellor (Students) and College Council - the formal governance body of the College comprising university staff, college students and a number of lay (independent) members. Other staff involved in running of the college are facilities manager, cleaners, maintennace staff and porters. These do not report to the College Provost but consult with him on all matters affecting student experience.

We offer informal, readily accessible and sensitive welfare support to students. With 24/7 porters, residential volunteers (College Dean and Tutors) and on-call provost, help, support and advice at hand any time of the day or night, every day throughout the year.

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Leadership Houses: a unique residential learning communities programme at Halifax College.

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