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Welcome to Anne Lister College

We’re excited to open our doors to new students in September.

Join us in shaping our college’s vibrant future.

Contact us

lister@york.ac.uk

Who is Anne Lister?

Born in 1791, Anne Lister - often described as the first modern lesbian - was a Yorkshire businesswoman, scholar and prolific diarist.

Covering a swathe of topics; from her sexuality, to detailed information on social, political, and economic events of the time, her diaries are considered a major scholarly achievement.

Anne’s name was chosen from a list of notable people with connections to the University, put forward by students and staff.

Read the press release


Our College

Our college is built on the expansive green space of Campus East, centred around a large community hub. This social space is integral to the ethos of the new college and will be intrinsic to those living in the Anne Lister College. 

Our shield

Every college at York needs a shield. We challenged our students to come up with own original, creative designs that will fit in with our existing college emblems while promoting Anne Lister College's namesake and history.We look forward to sharing the winning design with you soon.


Our team

Our college is managed by a dedicated team of staff who are here for you throughout your time at York, whether you live on or off-campus. We'll support your wellbeing and help you to develop the skills you need to overcome challenges and encourage you to get involved with opportunities. We can provide coaching and guidance or help you access the right support and information.  

Sarah Hay: College Manager

I'm delighted to have the opportunity to establish and develop Anne Lister College with our student community and college team. 

Having worked in Goodricke College for over ten years, I'm keen to bring my passion and experience of creating a welcoming and inclusive community to our newest Campus East college.

I'm responsible for leading the college team and supporting students to thrive and succeed throughout their time at university. I work closely with student leaders and committees and am always happy to meet with any student; whether you want help to create an event, to discuss a concern, or to support you through a difficult time.  

Email:sarah.hay@york.ac.uk

Paula Mountain-Agar: College Administrator

As College Administrator I work closely with Sarah Hay, the College Manager, with the day to day running of Anne Lister College. Having worked at the University for over 30 years (previously in the Library and Goodricke College), I have a lot of knowledge and experience to help and support you during your time at University.

If you have any problems concerning your accommodation, any general enquiries or just want someone to talk to, you can contact me and I'll be happy to help, or put you in touch with the right person if necessary.