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Universities Scheme

Universities Scheme

Tradition and continuity are two of the values which characterise the relationship between Freemasonry and Universities.

It is 200 years since Apollo University Lodge at Oxford was founded as the first University Lodge.  Isaac Newton University Lodge followed soon afterwards at Cambridge. Since then, many thousands of young men have been introduced to Freemasonry through these two Lodges, and they provided the inspiration for the Universities Scheme which was set up at the beginning of 2005 with the objective:

‘To establish and/or enhance arrangements and opportunities for undergraduates and other university members to enjoy Freemasonry’.

There are now over 80 other Lodges in England and Wales and another four Overseas pursuing a similar, yet distinct, course. Their membership consists of undergraduates, postgraduates, senior members of the university and alumni, ranging in age from 18 upwards.

You can find out more about the Scheme by visiting the Scheme website at and by viewing the below video.

The Scheme president is the Assistant Grand Master Sir David Wootton and it is supported by the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Durham, RW Bro John Arthur. WBro Clinton Leeks OBE has overall responsibility for the scheme in our Province.

Three Lodges within the Province of Durham currently participate in the scheme. They are Universities Lodge in Durham, Mowbray Lodge in Sunderland and Lodge of Fraternity in Stockton.

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 above links. In the first instance we will connect with you so that we can explain in more detail the work of our Lodges and of Freemasonry in general.

Please also take the opportunity to view our website to gain an understanding of the work of the Freemasons in the Province of Durham.

  • TLC Teddy Initiative……

    “thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”

  • Community Support Grants…..

    “The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”

  • Provincial Annual Meeting….

    “The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….

  • Masonic Widows……

    “My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”

  • Provincial Meeting…..

    “The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”

  • The Royal Arch…..

    “I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”

  • What have you gained?

    “I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”

  • In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative

    “A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”

  • What Freemasonry has done for you?

    “The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you

  • One of the best things I have ever done…

    “Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”