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Universities Scheme


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

Apollo University Lodge was founded at Oxford in 1819, nearly 200 years ago and not to be outdone, Isaac Newton University Lodge at Cambridge was formed soon afterwards and their collective success in introducing many thousands of young men into Freemasonry became the inspiration for the formation of the Universities Scheme at the beginning of 2005, with the objective “To establish and/or enhance arrangements and opportunities for undergraduates and other University members to Freemasonry”.

The Scheme that is being spearheaded by the Assistant Grand Master, David Williamson explains: “We know from these long-established University lodges that students, whether undergraduates or postgraduates, enjoy Freemasonry to the full.”  And the spirit of the Scheme was summed up by the Grand Master HRH the Duke of Kent when he said “A real benefit the Scheme confers is having young intelligent men joining us who will, we hope, contribute greatly to the future of the Craft, as potential leaders and sources of inspiration” speaking at the 2010 Annual Investiture of Grand Lodge.

The Scheme now has nearly 50 lodges throughout the Country, all pursuing the same goals and objectives yet in their own individual way, with membership consisting of undergraduates, postgraduates, teaching staff and alumni alike and their ages ranging from 18 to 80. A decision by Grand Lodge to halve the fees for the under 25’s acts as an encouragement and is intended to make Freemasonry as accessible to as many young men as possible.