There's is lots and lots to get involved in Langwith College! From yoga to volunteering; environmental projects to baking; formal meals to trips to seaside. Between your College your department and University Societies you should never be stuck for new things to do, or new people to meet!
Information on a just a few of things we can do can be found on these tabs, and on our student association's web pages here: Langwith College Student Assocation.
The Langwith Living Learning Community aims to nurture the arts within the University by offering students the opportunity to live with other individuals with shared interests.. The Community provides residents with a range of unique opportunities and support to foster their interests in arts and music. This includes advice about the arts scene in York and the University, free access to the Scott Award’s art workshops, and the opportunity to plan and run arts based events and trips.
Langwith also has termly Open-Mic nights and on-site music practice rooms in ‘The Basement’ which are open to all of our students..
The Community works closely with the Langwith Scott Award Committee - a group of student leaders who work to promote arts within the university. The Scott Award Committee supports the Living Learning Community throughout the year, helping them to plan and run events. Currently, there are several Community members on the Scott Award. The Committee run weekly arts workshops, Langwith Live Lounge (termly open mic nights in the Glasshouse), and an annual art exhibition in the University’s Norman Rea Gallery. They have also been involved with running College trips to the Hepworth Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Living Learning Community members can get involved with the work of the Scott Award, such as assisting in running workshops, helping with tech for the Live Lounge, and shadowing positions of those currently on the committee.
We are looking for students with passion who can maintain and develop the arts and music tradition of the College to be a part of Langwith's Living Learning Community. If the arts and/or music are important to you - as a hobby, career, or general passion - we would love to have you.
This is a unique opportunity to shape the community through the arts, gain valuable experience and to explore your own interests.
If you are interested, we would love to hear from you!
You can email the Scott Award at email@example.com
Additionally, more information is available at the LLC page of the Scott Award website here
If you would like to apply for a place in our Living Learning Community, please do this after you have applied for your University accommodation - apply here.
The Scott Awards is our annual art competition, taking place around Easter every year. The purpose of the awards is to encourage and reward creative and artistic work of all kinds.
Candidates are invited to nominate an item of such work - it may be poetry or prose, for example, or a painting, a portfolio of photographs, a piece of music of handicraft; or an activity - a theatrical production, a performance in a play, or an instrumental recital for example. The range of acceptable offerings is intended to be as wide and welcoming as possible.
These awards have been made possible due to the remarkable generosity of the late Eileen & Michael Scott, who were both artists and honorary members of our Senior Common Room.
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Last year we fundraised for our Langwith Development Award which financially assisted current students to partake in internships and volunteering in the UK and abroad. We collaborated with YuFund to host a sponsored 5K ‘Sun Run’ and thanks to generous donations we managed to raise over £1,600!
Due to the impact of COVID-19 our students will not be fundraising for the awards this year. We would encourage any alumni or friends of the College who would like to support our students to give to the University's COVID-19 Emergency fund, which provides bursaries of up to £500 to support students facing unanticipated financial challenges as a result of the pandemic, such as living costs, travel expenses, and technology to support online learning: Emergency Student Support Fund.
Next year we aim to resume fundraising for disadvantaged and deserving Langwith students by pairing up with the York Futures Scholarships programme.
Following a selection process, we used the money raised in 2019 to award eight students grants of up to £300 to assist in the development of their personal, professional and academic skills. You can read our full donor's report here:
Here's are some excerpts from a few of our winners:
Hafsa Ur-Rehman volunteered in Nepal for 10 weeks as a part of the International Citizen Service (ICS), working with a partnering organisation called Restless Development:
“We were sent to Tikabhairab (our placement) to first start with our action research. This was to invite key stakeholders to a meeting to discuss the improvements that can be made within the community...I delivered 32 sessions and reached over 3 thousand community members...I pushed myself out of my own comfort zone and gained confidence by socially networking, planning, budgeting and delivering projects (independently and with a team). I had to learn to be more resilient...The most special thing for me is the memories I made, the scenic views and the friendships gained.”
Amy Clayton was selected by the Chemistry department to participate in a University Immersion Program which took place at the University of Sichuan (Chengdu, China) for two weeks:
“This program was to develop my research and development skills by conducting an organic research project on OLED’s (Organic Light Emitting Diodes). It was a supervised project, which included a presentation and use of laboratory facilities with supervision from PhD students. Another part of the exchange was that I attended lectures on Supramolecular chemistry, a subtopic of physical chemistry...Throughout my time in China, I also explored the area with some other students to learn about the history and culture of Sichuan. The program was amazing...I am grateful to have achieved the award, as the skills I have learned, have made me a much more independent person and also made me learn a lot more about myself as a chemist and as a young woman too!”
Nathan De La Haye took part in a 2 week placement at one of the UK’s leading intellectual property firms, Carpmaels & Ransford:
“Work experience is notoriously difficult to obtain in the IP sector. As I am aspiring to become a patent attorney, having this exposure to the profession on my CV will make me stand out against the majority of candidates in this competitive field. Moreover, I was lucky enough to thoroughly enjoy my experience at Carpmaels & Ransford, reaffirming to myself that this is the right career for me...The internship provided me with a much greater insight into the overall profession and allowed me to try out the various tasks involved...The situation forced me to be adaptable as well as working on personal skills to make friends and also a good impression to current employees of the firm. By carrying out the day-to-day tasks of a patent attorney I could try my hand at all the skills required to be successful in this role. I was able to work on my time-management skills, written communication skills, group work skills, and my ability to work to tight deadlines.”
Grace Pickford volunteered for 5 weeks with a women’s empowerment charity, Banteay Srei, located in Cambodia.
“I worked in the Head Office based in Phnom Penh where I edited reports regarding the NGO’s partnerships with peace organisations and other women’s charities, as well as helping to translate key documents. I wrote case studies documenting Cambodian women’s experiences and the life changing impact Banteay Srei had...I also got the opportunity to help produce a curriculum for educating communities on gender based violence and planning for the process of implementing these workshops across Cambodian provinces...My time in Cambodia was an eye-opening and rewarding experience that has allowed me to explore such a beautiful part of the world that is so different from my own. To be immersed in the Cambodian culture, living and working there, and to be welcomed in such a warm and loving way to learn about their history and traditions was a privilege and I am forever grateful for the kindness shown. I was able to develop both my personal and professional skills and my ability to adapt to a variety of challenging situations and tasks.”
All Langwith students can take part in the College sporting events, whether you are a complete beginner or top sportsperson. The emphasis in College sport is participatory rather than competitive, although we are proud of our many sporting achievements (four Langwith sports teams represented York College sport at the recent Varsity competition with Durham in 2019).
If playing a particular sport is your passion, our LCSA Committee sports reps are keen to hear from you as early as possible in the academic year. We have plenty of teams for you to get involved in: Football, Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Cricket, Rounders, Pool, Darts and many more. Check out the LCSA sports page for more information. You may contribute to Langwith winning the Inter-College Sports Cup.
The College also runs free weekly Yoga and Tai Chi classes with the other Campus East Colleges (Goodricke and Constantine).
In addition students can also take part in the 5 km Heslington Park Run which takes place every Saturday at 9 am on the grounds of York Sports Village which is only a short walk from Langwith. It's not competitive - it's you against the clock! If you register for the Park Run we encourage you to sign up to join the 'Langwith Goes Running' park run group on their website.
If you want to join a University-level sports club or play a sport which is not available at College level (rowing, for example), look at York Sport. They can give you more information on the wide range of sports the University has to offer.
If you're not interested in team sports but still want to keep fit, you can take part in activities such as dance, fitness training and aerobics classes at the York Sports Village. This is a five-minute walk from Langwith College. We also offer free weekly Yoga classes in the College for you to relax and de-stress.
About the blog:
We want to keep the community spirit going in Langwith, and what better way than to share our thoughts and stories with each other. We are hoping to collect a selection of blog posts from langwith students that we will share on our website and on the social media pages.
We invite you to write a blog post that concentrates on one or some of the 5 ways to wellbeing. What are you doing that ties in with these? Perhaps you have been learning a new skill during this time, or maybe you have helped someone out. Whatever it is, we would like to hear your stories. Short and sweet is better. Anything from 50 words is great, but please try not to exceed 400 words!
5 Ways to Wellbeing:
Just as a reminder, the 5 ways to wellbeing are:
How to submit
When you have written your blog post, please email it to email@example.com with the title ‘Langwith Blog Post Submission’. It would be even better if you could attach a picture of you, or something related to your post. This helps to make it more personal. Blog posts will be posted on the LCSA website, and may also be shared on social media. By submitting your blog post and photo, you agree to them being shared in this way. If you have any questions about this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Example blog post:
Here is an example of the kind of post we are looking for, but be creative - we want to see your personality shine through!
It can feel quite frustrating not being able to go about your normal everyday life. Part of me misses my busy schedule. Going to work and having a laugh with the college team, having back-to-back meetings with students, and knocking over my water-filled cup about 5 times a day! I miss playing squash in the evening, or going out for dinner with my best friend. But at the same time, my life has slowed down and there has been something quite special about that. It’s helped me to notice things. I’ll be sitting in my room and suddenly hear the birds singing outside my window. This isn’t usually something I’d pay attention to but actually, they make such a beautiful sound. Yesterday, I noticed a silhouette of my plant that had been projected onto my wall by the sun. It was a nice addition to my cream-coloured wall for the hour that it lasted. On the occasion that I do have a little stroll outside, I take time to admire the flowers that have started to bloom, or the birds that perch on a near-by branch while I walk past. I have enjoyed going on a walk not because I need to be somewhere, but to stretch my legs and just appreciate my surroundings. Among all of the chaos, panic and uncertainty that we are facing at the moment, taking a few minutes out of my day to just notice the little things has been helping me to stay positive and to look after my wellbeing.