The Universities Scheme

The Universities Scheme is an initiative setup by the Grand Lodge of England to encourage young men to discover the virtues and principles of Freemasonry. Divised in 2005 by the Assistant Grand Master, RW Bro David Williamson, the scheme aims 'to establish and/or enhance arrangements and opportunities for undergraduates and other university members to enjoy Freemasonry.'

St. Augustine Lodge was the 13th Lodge to join the scheme in 2008, serving the Province of East Kent, and in particular, the students of the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Greenwich and the University for the Creative Arts. Since joining the scheme, the Lodge has initiated students and staff from across the region into Freemasonry, with others still waiting to join.

The Scheme has brought a new cultural perspective to the Lodge with new members hailing from locations across the globe. Members from Iraq, Serbia, Romania, China, Kosovo, Mauritiaus, and more...

All members under the age of 25 benefit from a 50% reduction in fees, following a decision by the Grand Lodge of England to 'make Freemasonry as accessible to as wide an audience as possible.'

The scheme is now in its 6th year at St. Augustine Lodge and it continues to develop. For more information about the Universities Scheme, please see the new Universities Scheme website. If you are interested in joining or would like to know more about the St. Augustine Lodge and its work in the scheme then please contact the Secretary, W Bro Howard Griffin.