The Common Room
The Common Room is a sort of students’ union – an organisation which helps to ensure that students are fully involved in college life, have their say, get opportunities to socialise, and more.
The Common Room provides a focus for student life, and meets at least once in each term to discuss elements of common life. It organises social events within the college as well as regular outings. There are regular opportunities for whole-college reflection (involving both tutorial staff and students).The Common Room also subscribes to a number of newspapers and magazines for students to peruse.
• All full-time students are automatically members of the Common Room
• Spouses of full-time students are honorary members
• Part-time students are also welcome to use Common Room facilities.
Opportunities for leadership
A number of offices and committees facilitate the day-to-day running of the college. Among them are:
The senior student
This is an important role in college life: the senior student takes responsibility for a number of matters in the daily running of the college and chairs the meetings of the Common Room.
The Staff-Student Committee
This considers matters of a practical nature such as food, accommodation, etc. It meets once a term and is chaired by the senior student.
The Liaison Committee
This facilitates cooperation between the college and the Yorkshire Ministry Course, meeting to discuss matters of common concern.
Student members of the College Council
The College Council governs the college, and is chaired by the Right Reverend Stephen Platten, Bishop of Wakefield. The council meets three times a year, with a number of sub-committees reporting in to it. The senior student and one other elected student sit as members.
At the discretion of the Principal, 2 ordinands are appointed as sacristans each year. They work closely with the dean of chapel and the whole college community in serving the liturgical life of the college.