Living Learning Community

 Langwith Living Learning Communities 2019 - 2020

Living learning

Langwith Living Learning Community offers students the opportunity to participate in and expand a shared interest by living together. You can benefit from living with other students sharing your passions as well as developing your leadership and employability skills. The College benefits from the collective output and enthusiasm of a community.  The Living Arts and Music Communities aim to co-locate artists and musicians who want to share their passions through creativity, practice, collaboration and performance.

We are looking for students with passion who can maintain and develop the arts 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.

A living learning community offers students the opportunity to participate in and expand a shared interest by living together. You can benefit from living with other students sharing your passion.  The College can benefit from the collective output and enthusiasm of a community.  The College has a modest budget to support the communities, in return for their work as a nucleus for activities in the College and local Community.   This is a unique opportunity to shape the community through the arts, gain valuable experience and to explore your own interests.

We have music practice rooms and spaces for being creative.  There are weekly craft workshops run by local artists and socieities and these are free for the Living Learning Communities to participate in.  Community members have the opportunity to run creative workshops themselves. Musical membersl also have opportunities to play during college events.

The community works closely with the Langwith Scott Award Committee - a group of students who are selected to promote arts within the college.  Currently there are several Community members on the Committee.  In recent years they have started the Langwith Choir, Langwith Live Lounge (open mic nights in the Glasshouse), organised and run weekly arts workshops, held annual art exhibitions and there have been College trips to the Hepworth Gallery and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

If you are interested, we would love to hear from you!

For further information take a look 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.



Second and Third Year Mentors (STYMS)


STYMs, also known as Second and Third Year Mentors, help new students to settle in, adjust to independent living/study and take advantage of the opportuntes open to them at York. 

All Fresher's will have a STYM looking after their house.  Your STYMS will be a point of contact throughout the year to aid your transition into the college community. They will check in with your house, in person and occasionally by email, throughout the year, provide information about campus life, opportunities in Langwith, YUSU and different support services that the university has for students. 

For more details please head to the official Langwith STYM page here


                                                                       STYM Committee:

                                                                       Cal Cooke - Chair

                                                                       Moya Morrison - Communications Co-ordinator

                                                                       Hannah McIntosh - Session Co-ordinator


Cosy Corner

'Cosy Corner' - new for 2018!

A relaxing space in Langwith where students can go and take time away from their busy university lives.  

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Come and chill out on the comfy bean-bags, listen to music, knit, do some mindful colouring, or pick a book from our book swap shelf.  





Scott Award

The Langwith Scott Award is an annual competition in Langwith, the purpose of which 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 or handicraft etc; or an activity - a theatrical production, a performance in a play, an instrumental recital etc.  The range of acceptable offerings is intended to be as wide, as 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.

We are pleased to announce that the winners for 2018 are:

  • Junior - Osbaldwick School for their wonderful entries (including an incredible tree)
  • Youth - Sophie Wheeler (Bohemian robe - textiles)
  • Senior - Sophie Lincoln (The Big Bang - painting)
  • Overall Winner - Isaac Smith (The Animator - stop motion film)

Well done to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who submitted an item this year.

Please view our website: 

 The Scott Award 

For any queries for more information, please contact

Development Award

The Langwith Student Development Award

The Langwith Student Development exist as part of the College’s ongoing goal to support student development.   Grants are available to support students to attend conferences, undertake internships or anything else that they feel will benefit them academically and personally. 

Grants are awarded on a case by case basis and range up to £300 per application. Prospective students will attend interviews towards the end of summer term and successful applicants will return to the college the following year to partake in a recorded evening to promote the scheme to future generations of Development awardees.

Past iterations of the scheme have resulted in students undertaking a wide range of diverse placements and challenges, from working for local charities, to teaching placements in Sri Lanka.

Langwith Student Development Awards were awarded to students involved in the following projects during Summer 2018:

  • Casework and Advocacy Intern with the British Red Cross, Refugee Services
  • Internship under the Summer Diversity Internship Programme, with the Interpersonal Violence Team at the Home Office
  • Internship with Goldman Sachs

In 2019 we are planning to expand the scale an dscope of the Langwith Student Development Awards by inviting donations from friends and alumni of the College.  We be launching a campaign in Spring 2018.  In the meantime, if you would like to make a gift you can do so by following THIS LINK.



"I was awarded the Langwith Development Award of £150 to participate in a 3 month internship with the British Red Cross. I used this award to cover my travel costs between York and the British Red Cross office in Leeds, meaning I could gain invaluable experience in the third sector without being out of pocket. During my internship I worked as a Refugee Caseworker to advocate for clients over issues around asylum support. I was responsible for conducting 1:1 meetings with clients, making referrals and providing destitution provisions. This experience allowed me to develop my advocacy skills and gain a greater insight into the charity sector. Since finishing my internship I have participated in a three month international development project in Kenya and have secured interviews for paid positions with the Red Cross, Citizens Advice and similar organisations. I believe these opportunities would not have been as readily available to me without undertaking this internship!"

Jade Bone



"I was awarded £150.00, which contributed towards my travel expenses for my nine-work internship in Westminster, London. I worked within the Inter-personal Violence Team in the Public Protection Unit at the Home Office. I met with stakeholders, and influenced thinking and discussions around current and future policies regarding domestic abuse, and ending violence against women and girls (VAWG) in England and Wales. Specifically, I worked on a project for updating the Domestic Violence Disclose Scheme (DVDS), otherwise known as Clare's Law; my research and digital presentation contributed to the National Stakeholders Meeting. The opportunity was one of the most insightful and rewarding experiences, and above all inspiring. I will always appreciate the personal and professional experiences I gained, and grateful for the Langwith Development Award."

Amara Copsey





"I was awarded £150.00, which contributed towards my expenses for my ten-week internship in Goldman Sachs, London. I worked within the Securities division which comprises of Sales, Trading and Structuring. I completed a two-week training programme giving me the skills I needed to succeed during the internship and then 8 week-long rotations across Equities and FX. During the rotations I was able to see how an investment bank functions day-to-day and develop both personal and professional skills. I was also given numerous opportunities to attend networking events to meet professionals from across the bank and hear their personal experiences. I am extremely grateful for my experience and for the Langwith Development Award."

Alyson Leonard 









"I used the Langwith Award towards my ICS placement last summer with Challenges Worldwide. I spent 10 weeks in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, working as a consultant to help small to medium businesses. We spent Monday-Friday working on our business projects. I worked with Steven on Ingabo Plant Health. This was a business that worked to bring Rwandan farmers better quality and safer agrochemicals so they could move from subsistence farming and start making a profit. This social impact work was highly rewarding and I learned a lot from Steven, from being in such deep contact with a completely different culture. This experience was brilliant as it allowed me to travel and really develop my intercultural communication skills while gaining invaluable business consulting experience. This was a fantastic opportunity to get industry-relevant experience on my CV.  I would highly recommend that Langwith students apply for the award to do something they'd otherwise not have the chance to do. Have an adventure!"

Eleanor Knight.



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Weekly College Meal

First year undergraduates get one meal per week free in The Piazza on Thursdays during term.  This is a great time to meet members of your College Team, Tutors and the LCSA, find out about what’s coming up, make friends with students from other houses and blocks, and relax while someone else does the cooking (and washing up!).

There are two sittings:

Smith and Taylor 5pm to 6.30pm

Brockbank and Horsfield 6.15pm to 7.30pm

If you really cannot make your sitting you should go along to the Piazza building and speak to Stacey Gatfield (8am to 8pm) to discuss this as they need to plan for numbers attending.

If you have any dietary requirements, please contact catering directly to discuss your requirements by emailing 

The College Meal includes soup and a main course OR main course and dessert.  You will need your student ID card with you to claim your meal.

If you're interested in a fully catered option (Monday to Friday during term time), you could apply for a Meals in Advance (MAD) card for the other 4 days of the week.  For information about the MAD card, see here.

If you are a Langwith student - continuing, post graduate or off campus - you are very welcome to come along on a Thursday evening.  You will need to buy your own meal as this is not included in your rent.