The scheme was established in 2005, its objective being “to establish arrangements and opportunities for undergraduates and other University members to join and enjoy Freemasonry”. Suitable Lodges were canvassed in cities and towns with Universities and those who wished to take on the task of initiating students, and helping them create and further their masonic careers, were identified. To aid students whilst still at University, Grand Lodge agreed to reduce the joining fees which anyone who joins Freemasonry has to pay, to encourage participation at a sensible financial level.
In the Province of Nottinghamshire, Daybrook Lodge, No. 5522 has taken on the mantle of the scheme and in the short time of the existence of the Scheme some nine undergraduates from both of the Universities in the city have joined. At the meetings of the Lodge they have opportunities to meet masons from all walks of life and at different stages in their Masonic careers and to exchange views of and discuss what masonry stands for and how it can help them.
After graduation, it is inevitable that many of these University Scheme members will move away from the City. In a recent extension to the Scheme, there are now similar Lodges in 29 cities and towns in England, and when required, contacts can be arranged with those Lodges. On a larger scale, of course, there are over 8000 Lodges in England with many more in associated Grand Lodges all over the world, and any Lodge would be delighted to receive a contact from a mason moving into their area.
Freemasonry has been in existence for about 450 years and was created by members of the Royal Society, the most esteemed academic body of men then known. It has withstood many efforts to forbid it in society, particularly in Germany up to and in the last War, but it continued to flourish.
Elsewhere in this website the aims and objectives of Freemasonry are clearly spelt out and undergraduates are encouraged to spend some time reading them to realise how these aims fit in with a society. If these appeal and if an undergraduate or postgraduate or member of staff of the Universities wishes to know more, contact should be made with Dr. Steve Mather, a past staff member of the University of Nottingham, initially on email@example.com.