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 are now 85 other 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.
In the Province of Hertfordshire, Salisbury Union Lodge No 767 participates in the Universities Scheme; with the majority of its members being students, alumni or staff from the University of Hertfordshire. You can find out more information about Salisbury Union Lodge by clicking here.
To find out more about the Universities Scheme in general, please click here.