The Universities Scheme

About the Scheme

Tradition and continuity are just two of the values that characterise the relationship between Freemasonry and Universities. It was more than 200 years ago that the first University Lodge, Apollo University Lodge was founded in Oxford in 1818.

Isaac Newton University Lodge soon followed at Cambridge in 1861 and since then many thousands of young men have been introduced to Freemasonry through these two Lodges.

It was these very foundations that led to the United Grand Lodge of England establishing the Universities Scheme in 2005 and introducing Freemasonry’s important values to a new generation.

There are now 87 Lodges and seven Chapters pursuing a similar, yet distinct, course across England and Wales, where towns and cities have Universities. Here in the Province of Durham we have 3 Universities Lodges, Mowbray Lodge in Sunderland, Universities Lodge in Durham City and Lodge of Fraternity in Stockton-on-Tees.

All these Lodges welcome new members and those wishing to become Freemasons, who are undergraduates, postgraduates, senior members of the university and alumni, and any students from Further Education, ranging in age from 18 upwards.

“We know from these long-established University Lodges that students – whether undergraduates or postgraduates – enjoy Freemasonry to the full. Through the Universities Scheme, we hope that university members from all over the country will be able to gain the same inspiration, fulfilment, and enjoyment.”

Sir David Wootton, Deputy Grand Master, and President of the Universities Scheme

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Lodges in The Universities Scheme

Undergraduates, Graduates, Researchers, Academics and Lecturers who are interested in learning more about Freemasonry are all welcome to contact the respective Lodges directly by following the links below.

Billingham Masonic Hall

Lodge of Fraternity L1418
Stockton Masonic Hall

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