SE6350 : Goodricke and Langwith

taken 4 years ago, near to Heslington, York, Great Britain

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Goodricke and Langwith
Goodricke and Langwith
Looking from a bench at the Ron Cooke Hub across to Langwith college on the right and Goodricke left.
University of York :: SE6250
Founded in 1963 as one of seven new build universities in the 1960s. Initially comprising a main campus (now known as Heslington West) and King's Manor in the city centre, a new campus is under construction and is known as Heslington East. These two main campuses exist to the south-east of York surrounding the village of Heslington, and the city is about a 20 minute walk away. The university has a collegiate system LinkExternal link with seven undergraduate and one post graduate colleges and all members of the university are assigned to a college. For more information see the university website LinkExternal link
Heslington East
Around the turn of the 20th century, the University of York was looking towards major expansion of the campus. Three sites had been earmarked as a potential new campus to supplement the current campus (now known as Heslington West), those sites being the area around Elvington Airfield; The York Central site (also known as the 'Eye of York') which was derelict railway land available for redevelopment; and an area of farmland to the east of Heslington. In 2004 the University settled on its preferred site and submitted an outline planning application for its preferred site, indicating its intention to increase student numbers from around 10,000 to 15,500. Like Heslington West, a masterplan was constructed for a phased development of the campus. Following a public inquiry in 2007, planning permission was obtained in 2008 for the first phase, which included relocations of Goodricke College, Computer Science and Law & Management Studies to the new campus, along with the creation of a new Theatre, Film & Television department, a Catalyst building and the Ron Cooke Hub. The first phase also included all the groundworks for the whole masterplan, including construction of the East Lake, raising of Kimberlow Hill and the building of service roads and footpaths. Construction started in 2008 and Goodricke College relocated in September 2009, in time for the new intake.
In 2011 phase two of the campus was started, with construction of a new College to enable Langwith to relocate from Heslington West and a new Sports Centre to be constructed close to Grimston Bar park and ride. These opened in autumn 2012 (Langwith College) and Easter 2013 (York Sports Village).
Phase 3 commenced in 2013 with a further college, although this time a new college was constructed, rather than relocating an existing college. Named after the Roman Emperor, Constantine College became the ninth college at the university and admitted its first students in autumn 2014.
Langwith College :: SE6250
Named after the nearby stray (in SE6548), Langwith was the second college at the University of York, opening the same day as Derwent College. Langwith College was based on the Heslington West campus from 1965-2009 comprising of four accommodation blocks (A, B, C & D) and the nucleus with its bar, dining hall (later named Hendrix Hall after Jimmy Hendrix) and academic departments (English and Education). These blocks were situated alongside the lake between Derwent and Vanbrugh. In the late 1990s Langwith gained two additional accommodation blocks (Langwith E & F blocks) of the four constructed to the north of University Road next to Heslington Church fields. These blocks become known as Derwith (as the remaining two blocks belonged to Derwent College). In 2012 Langwith left its former college buildings (which were handed over to Derwent college) and moved to a set of new college buildings on Heslington East, as part of Phase 2 of the campus expansion. This new college consists of 4 courts, named Sydney Smith (Chair of University Council from 1990 to 2001), Philip Brockbank (after the original Provost), Gordon & Francesca Horsfield and John West Taylor (Secretary to the Academic Development Committee of York Civic Trust, which supported the founding of the university) plus the Langwith Nucleus comprising the bar and college administration buildings. On Heslington East, Langwith sits between Goodricke College (to the west) and Constantine College (to the east).
Goodricke College
Named after the astronomer John Goodricke, the college became the fifth college of the University of York in 1968. Located on the Heslington West campus Goodricke initially consisted of two CLASP accommodation blocks (A and B), a whitewash brick accommodation building (C block) along with a nucleus comprising teaching rooms, dining hall and bar. In 2002 Goodricke expanded, taking an accommodation block from Wentworth College which was located just across the Goodricke-Wentworth Bridge. This block became Goodricke D block, which along with C block gained the reputation as the very worst of the accommodation on offer at York with C block becoming known as Goodricke 'Cell Block' C. In 2002 the Maths department also moved into the Goodricke Nucleus and the following year the Roger Kirk Centre opened replacing the old college dining room which was in turn refurbished as a hall for general use.
In 2009 the college became the first college on the new Heslington East campus. Here the college consisted of a central nucleus building and three courts, named after Kenneth Dixon (Chair of the University council 1990-2001), Janet Baker (Opera singer and Chancellor of the University 1991-2004) and Oliver Sheldon (Director of the Rowntree company and co-founder of the York Civic Trust who lobbied for a university in York). The buildings on Heslington West campus were split between the various neighbouring colleges with the nucleus (including bar) joining James College along with the old C block. Vanbrugh College took Goodricke A and B blocks (officially becoming Eric Milner-White Court but more commonly known as 'Vanbrugh over the water') and Wentworth College reclaiming its former D block (although relabelled as Wentworth had a new D block by this point).
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Date Taken
Friday, 27 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Sunday, 29 September, 2013
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 6383 5063 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:56.8707N 1:1.7370W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 63829 50583
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