University scheme

Phoenix Lodge of St Ann is the designated University Lodge for Derby University (Buxton campus) within the scheme operated by The United Grand Lodge of England. (Hartington Lodge being the designated Lodge for the Derby campus)

The objective of the Scheme is to establish or enhance arrangements and opportunities for students, staff and alumni of the University to join and enjoy Freemasonry by providing special help and support to University applicants.

The scheme recognises that undergraduates may have different needs to non-University applicants and will possibly be members of the Lodge for a relatively short time due to graduation and future search for career opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

It is also accepted that undergraduates might from time to time find meetings difficult to attend due to academic or personal demands on their time.

It is acknowledged that there is a cost involved in being a Freemason and a number of savings/costs reductions are available for applicants under the age of 25. These costs will be fully explained to anyone seeking more information before making a decision whether to proceed – or not.

Phoenix Lodge of St Ann has a small dedicated team of personal mentors who work with University Scheme entrants to help them achieve their full potential in Freemasonry, supporting candidates through a system of pastoral care, should it be required.

Enquiries are positively encouraged from young men of all faiths on commencing, during or completion of their University Course.

Whilst Freemasonry, as practiced under the regulations of the United Grand Lodge of England is entirely for male members, Women’s Lodges do exist. Any female student interested in making contact with Women’s Freemasonry can use the same enquiry route.

All enquiries for Universities Scheme membership should be directed through the contact enquiry form on this website.