UGLE Universities Scheme


In May 2016 Boswells Lodge was accepted as the 70th University Scheme member for students and faculty members from Chelmsford Anglia Ruskin campus.  

Tradition and continuity are two of the values which characterise the relationship between Freemasonry and universities. It was nearly 200 years ago that the first university Lodge, Apollo University Lodge, was founded at Oxford, with Isaac Newton University Lodge following 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. This 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 is now a growing number of Lodges 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. All under-25s benefit from the recent decision by Grand Lodge to halve their dues in order to make Freemasonry as accessible to as wide an audience as possible.



For further details visit the web site at

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Universities Scheme Newsletters
Autumn 2020


 Freshers’ Fair Video
The new Freshers’ Fair video has been uploaded to YouTube and it is located in the UGLE Channel. This collaboration between UGLE, OWF and HFAF is a useful introduction to Freemasonry for all students.

interviews with those young Masons featuring in the Freshers’ Fair video.