Colleges

A brief history of your college

The College’s history stretches as far back as 1838 when the College of the Venerable Bede for men was founded with a small number of trainee schoolmasters. Its sister institution, St Hild's College, was opened for the education of women on an adjacent site in 1858.

Initially specialising in teacher training, both colleges eventually associated with the federal University of Durham (Bede in 1892 and Hild in 1896), offering B.A. and B.Sc. degrees alongside teaching in education. Graduates of St Hild's were the first female graduates from Durham in 1898. 

The two colleges retained links throughout the next century with shared teaching and facilities. It was upon the construction of the shared Caedmon Complex in the 1960s that it was decided that the colleges should be formally merged and in 1975 they became the unitary College of St. Hild and St. Bede, a recognised college of the university. In 1979 Hild Bede joined the College Council, becoming a full constituent college of the university.


College mascot

Bedo Bear


Why is your college the best college?

Our sheer size! Being one of the largest colleges with over 1000 students and 16 acres of grounds entitles us to some pretty decent bragging rights and we boast a multitude of clubs and societies. Located alongside the River Wear just downstream from Maiden Castle (the university sports centre) we have some of the most successful sports clubs of any college, namely our male and female football, rugby and rowing teams. Our gym recently saw a £40,000 refurbishment and with tennis, squash, netball and 5-a-side football courts we are one of the best equipped colleges in Durham.

We have everything from weekly movie screenings in our cinema to hosting one of Durham’s biggest rock nights, Full Collapse, as well as regular award-winning productions from Hild Bede Theatre. With something for everyone, our extensive facilities ensure that you have the most comfortable stay at Hild Bede.


What is the quirkiest thing about your college?

We own a coal mine.


What’s your most well-known event?

Summer Ball – it is easily one of the biggest in Durham and in recent years has attracted acts such as The Feeling, Scouting For Girls, Basshunter, Redlight, The Pigeon Detectives and The Zutons.


Common Room Contact Details

SRC social media/website details
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hildbedesrc
Website: www.hildbede-src.com/, www.dur.ac.uk/hild-bede/

Union Rep contact details and picture
Kieran Laurie; k.c.laurie@durham.ac.uk

SRC President contact details
Beccy Hodson; r.e.hodson@durham.ac.uk

Welfare officer contact details
Ram Gupta; ram.gupta@durham.ac.uk
Bryony Symes; bryony.symes@durham.ac.uk


A bit of history on your college
Opening it's doors in 1972, under the motto Aime le Meilleur (love the best), Collingwood was Durham's first purpose built mixed-sex college; and to this day maintains the progressive outlook rooted in its foundation. Named after the mathematician Sir Edward Collingwood, and enjoying alumni from England cricketers to drummers, Lords to authors - in its comparatively brief history Collingwood has made an extraordinary mark.

College Mascot
Colin. G. Wood - our majestic Stag

Why is your college the best?
A diverse and vivacious community which facilitates unparalleled successes in every field of academia, sports, stage, arts and music.

Quirkiest thing about your college?
The Junior Common Room Officer position 'Hugmaster General'

What’s your most well-known event?
Collingwood Day

Common Room Contact Details
JCR website details
 https://community.dur.ac.uk/collingwood.jcr/  
https://m.facebook.com/collingwoodjcr/

MCR website details
https://community.dur.ac.uk/collingwood.mcr/  
https://m.facebook.com/CollingwoodMCR/

Union Rep contact details
Chris Waters Union Representative 07946 533 754 collingwood.dsu@durham.ac.uk

JCR President contact details
James Llewelyn  JCR President 01913 345050 collingwood.president@durham.ac.uk

MCR President contact details
collingwood.mcr@durham.ac.uk

Welfare Officer contact details
Female Welfare Officer - collingwood.femalewelfare@durham.ac.uk
Male Welfare Officer -  collingwood.malewelfare@druham.ac.uk

A bit of history on your college
Grey College is one of Durham’s newer colleges, founded in 1959. The College in named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey. He was the prime minister at the time of the university’s foundation, and unfortunately has nothing to do with tea.

College Mascot
A few months before the opening of the college, the Elvet block was devastated by fire. However, the college opened as scheduled in October. This lead to the phoenix being adopted as it’s unofficial badge, and the eventually the birth of our mascot Felix (who stars in many notable videos…check out last year’s Halloween bop promotion).

Why is your college the best?
Grey College is the best college, not only because of its perfect location but also because of it’s fantastic atmosphere. One of the many quirky features of Grey is that our amazing bar apparently has the largest TV of any Durham college. Notable events include the famous Grey College firework display, and informal ball which both run in Michaelmas term.

Common Room Contact Details
JCR website details
Steve Tatlow (grey.publicity@durham.ac.uk)

Union Rep contact details
Nicola Tweedy (grey.union@durham.ac.uk)

JCR Precident details
JCR President: David Jones (grey.president@durham.ac.uk)

MCR President contact details
MCR President: To be elected

Welfare Officer contact details
Male Welfare Officer: David Slade (d.p.slade@durham.ac.uk)
Female Welfare Officer: Kathryn Stockton  (k.e.stockton@durham.ac.uk)

A bit of history on your college
Founded in 1846, Hatfield College is the second oldest College in Durham University. It is located between the World Heritage site of the Norman Cathedral and the banks of the River Wear, on one of the oldest streets in Durham. Historically, Hatfield was added to Durham University to include a wider socio-economic range of students since many could not afford residence with University College. Hatfield's founder, David Melville, invented a new system of university residence, the concept of communal living and dining, which has now become popular across the globe. As with most Colleges of the era, Hatfield was traditionally a men's college. While the College is now co-ed, many of the traditions from the former era still persist today, the most popular of which is calling the JCR President ‘Senior Man’. Over the centuries, Hatfield's enthusiasm for progress and inclusivity has remained a model for other Colleges and universities to follow. The College has adapted and reformed itself to be accommodating of the increasing diversity of members of the College. Today, Hatfield prides itself on having an ever-increasing platform for disenfranchised/minority groups alongside retaining its entertaining traditions.

College Mascot
Lion

Why is your college the best?
We have an unmatched enthusiasm for tradition, involvement, and diversity.

Quirkiest thing about your college?
Despite the proper nature of our twice-a-week formals, the entire College enthusiastically participates in a process called spooning where ones takes their soup spoon and bangs it on their silverware in whatever beat is prevailing. Spooning can get rowdy and bend quite a few spoons, but immediately ceases when High Table walks in. Spooning acts as a unifying agent amongst the JCR and MCR and offers silliness in traditionally formal meals.

What’s your most well-known event?
Our most well-known event is called Lion in Winter Ball. It's a 12 hour event that starts in the evening and goes until the following morning. There are events on constantly and everyone has a 'ball' while dressed in black-tie.

Common Room Contact Details
JCR website details
http://www.hatfieldjcr.co.uk/

MCR website details
https://community.dur.ac.uk/hatfield.mcr/

Union Rep contact details
Meghan Hosch hatfield.jcrcommunities@durham.ac.uk

JCR Senior Student contact details
Brandon Roberts hatfield.jcrseniorman@durham.ac.uk

JCR President contact details
Brandon Roberts hatfield.jcrseniorman@durham.ac.uk

MCR President contact details
Abigail Steed hatfield.mcrpresident@durham.ac.uk

Welfare Officer contact details
Brogan Harman hatfield.jcrwelfare@durham.ac.uk

A bit of history on your college
John Snow is a modern purpose-built college, established in 2001. The College takes its name from the nineteenth-century Yorkshire physician Dr John Snow, who is regarded by many as one of the greatest of all doctors - a world-leading pioneer in anaesthesia, epidemiology and public health, in addition to being Queen Victoria's obstetrician. It is written that John Snow removed the handle from the pump at a contaminated water-source in order to stop the spread of cholera; although this is largely assumed to be a myth, his work in medicine and insight into the 1854 cholera outbreak was largely the reason for outbreaks end. 

College Mascot
Snowy the Snowman

Why is your college the best?
Living in a tight knit community on Queens Campus, John Snow is not just a college: we are family. Although we may not date back as far as other colleges, our college walls are filled with traditions and chanting that lasts far beyond the university experience (except unlike other colleges, we have ensuites and double glazing!). Our purpose-built college community has all the facilities you could need and Snowy is waiting to welcome every one of you to our wonderful Igloo for a Snow Job (or three!)

Quirkiest thing about your college?
A replica of the famous water pump handle that John Snow removed is carried to matriculation and other formal college events.

Common Room Contact Details
JCR website details


Union Rep contact details
k.e.round@durham.ac.uk

JCR President contact details
Anna Mackey - anna.mackey@durham.ac.uk

MCR President contact details
natalie.gallagher@durham.ac.uk

Welfare Officer contact details
elizabeth.macdougall@durham.ac.uk
alex.titterington@durham.ac.uk

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A brief history of your college
St Aidan’s College (originally St Aidan’s Society) was founded in 1947. Although originally a bailey college, in 1964 it moved to its present buildings on Elvet Hill, becoming one of the first of the university’s “Hill” colleges. The college has a very distinctive style, owed to its design by modernist architect Sir Basil Spence. The buildings are laid out in a semi-circular shape, supposedly to represent the hand of God.
Aidan’s was originally founded as an all-female college, however under the tenure of College Principal, Irene Hindmarsh, it was agreed St Aidan’s should become a mixed college. Men were admitted to the college in 1981. Today the college is ran by College Principal, Susan Frenk, alongside student sabbatical officers from the JCR and SCR. Notable Aidan’s alumni include Graham Brady MP and professional rugby player, Josh Beaumont.

College mascot
The Aidan’s badger

Why is your college the best college?
Aidan’s prides itself on its inclusivity and accessibility, due to the wide variety of student experience available.

The college JCR provides innumerable opportunities for student involvement, including working for our beloved college shop, writing for the college newspaper ‘Never say not to Badger’, or attending one of our frequent fancy dress formals!
Meanwhile the college performs consistently well in sporting and academic fields, with many students taking advantage of our excellent facilities such as the college library and gym.
These are just a handful of reasons amongst many, which have contributed to Aidan’s title as the ‘King of the Hill’!

What is the quirkiest thing about your college?
We are the proud owners of the second largest parquet floor in Europe.

What’s your most well-known event?
Our iconic Easter term event; Aidan’s Summer Festival. This highly anticipated event sees us stock 50 Bottled British and World beers, 14 Real Ales and Ciders on a temporary bar, jugs of Pimm’s and a prosecco bar as well as an array of non-alcoholic soft drinks, all to be enjoyed (hopefully) in the sun to the backdrop of live music!

Common Room Contact Details
JCR social media/website details:
Website: http://www.st-aidans.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aidansjcr
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aidans.jcr.5?fref=ts

SCR social media/website details:
Website: http://community.dur.ac.uk/st-aidans.scr/

Union Rep contact details
Union Rep: Luke Hollander

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010699083213&fref=ts

Email: durhamsu@st-aidans.com

JCR President contact details:
JCR President: Alex Tarrant-Anderson
Phone: 01913345874
Email: president@st-aidans.com

SCR President contact details: 
SCR President: Paddy Alton
Email: padraig.alton@durham.ac.uk

Welfare officer contact details:
Senior Welfare Officer: Krish Mehta
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/staidans.welfare?fref=ts
Email: welfare@st-aidans.com

A bit of history on your college
Founded in 1904 as St Chad’s Hall, Chad’s is the smallest college in Durham. It owes its foundation to Revd F S Willoughby, a vicar who believed that men of limited means should be able to read for a university degree while completing theological training. The college’s first principal was the Revd Stephen Moulsdale, who went on to become university Vice-Chancellor in 1936. Chad’s is and always has been an independent college – when founded, it was not owned by the university. Quickly renowned for its academic success, the Hall was recognised as the second college of the University in 1918. The institution remained stoic amongst wartime turmoil, many of the college’s poorer students being given financial aid through endowment funding. After the war, the college embraced expansion and new vision, and in the 1980s women were accepted to read for university degrees. Since then, the college has continued to flourish – Chad’s has one of the highest completion rates in the UK and a stellar academic record. The college remains committed to its core values and boasts a fun, accepting and vibrant student body.

College Mascot
Goat

Why is your college the best?
Perfect location in the shadow of the cathedral (a perfect balance between being close to down and close to university buildings), the best team spirit of any college (we are small and mighty, after all), and the best bar, hands down.

Quirkiest thing about your college?
Our independence from the university which keeps college governance and regulation entirely in our hands. Also we hold our college day in Epiphany term, whereas every other college has theirs in the summer.

What’s your most well-known event?
What’s your most well-known event? Chad's Day (we think early March-time is the perfect time for running around dressed in green and banging pots and pans so that everyone can appreciate St Chad just as much as we do)

Common Room Contact Details
JCR website details
http://www.stchads.ac.uk/college/jcr/ 

MCR website details
http://mcr.stchads.ac.uk/ 

Union Rep contact details
Harriet Barsham
harriet.barsham@durham.ac.uk

JCR Senior Student contact details
Jack Angers
john.angers@durham.ac.uk

MCR President contact details Frederik Seidelin
f.d.seidelin@durham.ac.uk

Welfare Officer contact details
Chloe Hellier
chloe.hellier@durham.ac.uk

A bit of history on your college
St Cuthbert’s Society is one of the oldest colleges in Durham, founded in 1888, and was originally created by a group of students who wanted to work independently from the university. It was designed to be a society for the students, run by the students, and some of this ethos remains today. We have the only student run library in the university, and student are encouraged to get involved as much as possible in the running of the JCR. During the Second World War, the University and Society drastically dropped in numbers, but we were refounded in 1945 by a group of veterans who wanted to finish their degrees. In fact, one of our accommodation buildings is called ‘Refounders’ in honour of those veterans! We moved to South Bailey in 1951 and have remained here ever since. While we are officially a Bailey college, and have all the perks of being centrally located in the most beautiful part of the city, we are at the end, meaning we have the space for beautiful gardens and even our own tennis courts. Cuth’s is one of the most unique colleges, and by far, one of the best.

College Mascot
The Cuth’s Tiger is our official mascot, but our bar also has its own unique mascot, the infamous Lash Penguin!

Why is your college the best?
Although everyone tries to claim their college is the best, we’re lucky because Cuth’s genuinely is! We have the best bars by far, the greatest location, and some of the nicest accommodation in the city. But, it’s not just the amazing facilities that make it so great, it’s the people! Cuth’s is known for being the friendly, fun and welcoming college. We know how to have a good time, and want everyone to enjoy the university experience!

Quirkiest thing about your college?
On top of being the only Society left in Durham, Cuth’s is completely unique in that we have 2 sites. One is self catered, one is fully catered and you can even go in between and go part catered! Because of our double site, we’re unusual that we get double the facilities! That’s right, we have 2 gyms, 2 computer suites, 2 JCRs and even 2 bars!

What’s your most well-known event?
Although we have several major events throughout the year, our most well known event is probably Cuth’s Day, an all day music festival in the summer! Cuth’s day is just after exams finish, and is a time to enjoy the summer weather, and have a laugh! Tinchy Stryder and an Abba Tribute Band headlined this year, and I can unfortunately be seen crying on the front row, singing every single word!

Common Room Contact Details
JCR website details
You can keep up to date with the JCR via our website, twitter or facebook!
W: www.cuths.com
T: @CuthsJCR
F: St Cuthbert’s Society JCR

Union Rep contact details
Mitch Langcaster-James

JCR Presdient details
Megan Croll
president@cuths.com

Welfare Officer contact details
Josh Butterworth
male-welfare@cuths.com

Cat May
female-welfare@cuths.com

A bit of history on your college
Founded in 1909 as an Anglican theological college for ordinands, we became a full constituent college of Durham University in 1919 and now you can study any subject that’s offered in Durham City here. In 1958, Cranmer Hall (the “vicar factory”) became distinct from John’s Hall (where people study for all the usual degrees). Some of the biggest figures in the Church of England, such as the current Archbishop of Canterbury, studied here.

John’s has always been a forward-thinking place, and in 1973 we became the first co-educational college in Durham. Also, Ruth Etchells was the first female principal of a CofE training college (Principal cover both halls) when she was in charge in the late ‘70s and most of the ‘80s.

Legend has it that when Lady Cruddas donated money to build a new accommodation block (Cruddas House), she made it a condition that no alcohol would be sold on the grounds, and that that’s why John’s bar is in the cellar (underneath the grounds!).

College Mascot
Olav the Alligator

Why is your college the best?
We’re the second smallest and possibly the friendliest college in Durham! There’s a beautiful river walk out the back and we’re just a stone’s throw from the cathedral. Also the formals are free.

Quirkiest thing about your college?
There’s a staircase that leads nowhere; just to a blank wall. Our Wikipedia page says that there’s “an element of Escher” in the architecture.

What’s your most well-known event?
John’s/Chad’s day – when we take on Chad’s in a day of sports. For some reason, this keeps on being the day after our summer ball…

Common Room Contact Details
JCR website details
Website: johnsjcr.org.uk
Facebook: @johnscommonroom

MCR website details
Website: Johnsjcr.org.uk/mcr/
Facebook: St. John’s College Durham MCR
@johnscollegemcrdurham

Union Rep contact details
Johns.dsu@durham.ac.uk

JCR President contact details
johnsmcr.president@durham.ac.uk

Welfare Officer contact details
johns.welfare@durham.ac.uk

A bit of history on your college
Mary’s was established in 1899, and consequently is Durham's third oldest College. Originally it was founded as a women-only College, but has now been mixed for some time, and comprises around 750 undergraduate members and 150 postgraduates. St Mary’s started off on the bailey but now is housed in an impressive neoclassical building, with huge grounds at the foot of the hill, in perfect position to access the science site, and not far from town either! Mary’s today mixes the best of its history and traditions, with a sense of modernity and progressive values, making it probably the best all round college in Durham :)

College Mascot
Maurice the Mary’s Meerkat

Why is your college the best?
Mary’s is known as the friendliest college, everyone is welcoming and it’s so easy to make friends. We have such a great sense of community that is borne out in college events, formals (both gowned and themed!), balls, as well as college drama, sport, and our many other college societies. It’s so nice to live in college too, with its marble floors, pillars, statues (we even have a statue of a unicorn!), and great communal spaces.

Quirkiest thing about your college?
We keep bees! In fact you can join the St Mary’s Beekeeping Society (BeeSoc) and learn loads more about it :)

What’s your most well-known event?
There are so many it’s hard to choose! Mary’s day is definitely a highlight, and our Midsummer Ball is a huge event that’s not to be missed! For non-Marians, the Mary’s Challenge is a must in any all college bar crawl.

Common Room Contact Details
JCR website details
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SMCJCR/?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StMarysJCR
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stmarysjcr/
Website: http://community.dur.ac.uk/smcjcr/


MCR website details
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StMarysMCR
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/smcmcr/


Union Rep contact details
Twitter: @tomhfh
Email: thomas.h.harwood@dur.ac.uk

JCR Senior Student contact details


JCR President contact details
Esther Scriven
esther.scriven@durham.ac.uk
Tel: 0191 3345940

MCR President contact details
Sabrina Seel
s.v.seel@durham.ac.uk

Welfare Officer contact details
Chloe Blakesley chloe.blakesley@durham.ac.uk

A bit of history on your college
Founded in 2001, Stephenson College is one of the newest and largest Colleges here at Durham University. Named after the great ‘Father of Railways’, George Stephenson, our train theme runs throughout various aspects of College life from our JCR, Stephenson Central to our giant Locomotion train replica. Our College and the community within it is built on the shared belief of family, and that we can only be fully functional with the contribution of each and every individual within it, therefore we strive for inclusion and accessibility in every aspect of College life.

Being one of the only two Colleges based in Queens Campus, Stockton-On-Tees, we have the privilege of having all modern facilities only a stone’s throw away including a gym, research labs and Waterside Restaurant, all of which are shared by ourselves and John Snow.  

College Mascot
Dragon

Why is your college the best?
With such an inclusive and supportive environment mixed with high aims for achievement Stephenson College really stands out amongst the rest for success.  

Quirkiest thing about your college?
We are the only College within Durham University who don’t call our Formal Dinners, ‘Formals’, instead we call ours Locomotion Dinners. These are more relaxed dinners that typically have a theme at each one. 

What’s your most well-known event?
End of year Summer Ball

Common Room Contact Details
JCR website details
http://community.dur.ac.uk/stevojcr/
Facebook: Stephenson College JCR
​Stephenson JCR Official
​Stephenson College Freshers’ 2016 (Official)
Twitter – @StephensonJCR
Weibo – Stephenson-JCR
Instagram – Stephenson.jcr

MCR website details


Union Rep contact details
James Creer 
Email: james.creer@durham.ac.uk
Phone number: 07887388717 

JCR President contact details
Fay Hudson
Stephenson.jcr@durham.ac.uk
0191 33 49380

MCR President contact details
Mohit Jain
Mohit.jain@durham.ac.uk

Welfare Officer contact details
community.dur.ac.uk/stevojcr/welfare/
07793268913
stephenson.jcr-welfare@durham.ac.uk

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A bit of history on your college
University College was founded in 1832 when the Bishop of Durham, William Van Mildert, donated Durham Castle, former home of the Prince Bishops of Durham, to become the first college of Durham University. Over the next 5 years, the Castle was converted and the Keep was rebuilt for use as student accommodation so that in 1837, the first ever Castle students were able to move into their new home.
Since then, Castle has continued to thrive as a lively academic, pastoral and social community of more than 700 undergraduates and 300 postgraduates, being the most oversubscribed College in Durham. There has also been a huge amount of refurbishment – the Lowe Library basement was created from the college wine cellar, the Great Hall floor was replaced after years of erosion from dancing, and the Undercroft Bar and common room areas have been extensively updated to allow for more student activities. Despite all of this change, we remain grounded in our history and traditions, though also find pride in being a forward-thinking and outward-looking body that will never allow tradition to obstruct progress. As our one of our mottos states, Floreat Castellum – let the Castle flourish!

College Mascot
Legend has it that it was a Lion, before Hatfield adopted it as their own.

Why is your college the best?
Castle is a unique place - not only are we nestled in our glorious Norman castle, we also benefit from an incredibly active and successful student community. The JCR has a wealth of societies, sports teams, volunteering opportunities and chances to get involved in the bar, toastie bar and events. Our finest asset, however, is our sense of community, which is both forward-thinking and outward-looking. Castle prides itself on being a place where all people are welcome, regardless of their background, and this sense of unrivalled fellowship is ultimately why Castle is so uniquely brilliant.

Quirkiest thing about your college?

Two members of our welfare team are dogs; Blackjack and Jolene come along to welfare sessions throughout the year for walks and cuddles.

What’s your most well-known event?
Although we have many events throughout the year including the weekly Durham Castle Lecture Series, music and theatre performances, our most well-known event is our annual summer ball, June Ball. Covered regularly by Tatler and reportedly listed by The Guardian as one of the UK’s 10 best parties, this is a twelve-hour extravaganza where the theme is kept a closely guarded secret until guests arrive at their champagne reception, after which they dine in a marquee on Palace Green and explore all parts of the lavishly decorated Castle, with all night entertainment.

Common Room Contact Details
JCR website details
http://www.castlejcr.com

MCR website details http://www.castlemcr.com

Union Rep contact details Laura Doherty - castle.uso@durham.ac.uk

JCR Senior Student contact details Fraser Desforges-Medhurst - castle.seniorstudent@durham.ac.uk

MCR President contact details Callum Murrell - c.d.murrell@durham.ac.uk

Welfare Officer contact details Archie Balfour - archie.balfour@durham.ac.uk

A bit of history on your college
We began life as the Graduate Society, a body postgraduate students could join instead of one of the colleges. In 2003, we were renamed Ustinov College after the former Chancellor of Durham University, Oscar-winning actor Peter Ustinov. Since then we've taken over the Howlands site on the hill, neighbouring Josephine Butler, become the largest college, and take around 50% of the University's postgraduate students! The Graduate Common Room (GCR) is our equivalent of a JCR in undergrad colleges, representing students and organising events for them like parties and formals.

College Mascot
Duck-billed platypus (just chosen!)

Why is your college the best?
As a postgraduate-only college, we're a very diverse community, with well over half our students being international- we have people from almost any country you can think of! This means Ustinov is a great place for meeting people from other cultures and learning about them, not least through events like our parties for Diwali, Persian New Year, and Norwegian Constitution Day.

Quirkiest thing about your college?
Because again of being a PG college, we have students ranging in age from 21 to 80, researching things from pre-Classical literature to nuclear fusion- and a fair few of our students bring their children to Durham with them!

What’s your most well-known event?
Our Summer BBQ in June, with live music, great food, bouncy castles, ice cream, animals...

Common Room Contact Details
JCR website details
https://www.facebook.com/UstinovGCR/?fref=ts
https://ustinovgcr.com/

Union Rep contact details
Thom Addinall-Biddulph
dsu.ustinovgcr@durham.ac.uk

GCR Senior Student contact details
Kirstyn Raitz
ustinov.president@durham.ac.uk

Welfare Officer contact details
Currently vacant
Queries to Kirstyn on ustinov.president@durham.ac.uk

A bit of history on your college
One of the University’s more modern Colleges, founded in 1965, Van Mildert College is named after William Van Mildert (1765-1836), the last Prince Bishop of Durham. An Englishman of Dutch descent, he was instrumental in the founding of Durham University in 1832 and his castle is the present University College. His portrait hangs in Van Mildert Dining Hall, which is the largest in Durham. From his episcopal arms come the distinctive crossed scythe blades, on a red shield, of the college’s coat of arms. In 1972, Van Mildert became the first mixed-gender College in Durham, admitting its first intake of women in October 1972. Today, Van Mildert is one of Durham’s largest Colleges, accommodating over 1,000 staff, students and tutors. Van Mildert’s motto is 'Sic vos non vobis' - Not for yourselves.

College Mascot
Duck

Why is your college the best?
Mildert is a very sociable College with an amazing Community. At Mildert, there is something for everyone to get involved in. With six incredible outreach projects, there are amazing opportunities to volunteer in the Community alongside fellow Mildertians. Mildert also boasts a wide range of successful sports teams and Societies, whether you want to unleash that competitive edge or simply have fun with friends. Mildert also has an amazing calendar of events to enjoy throughout the year. With many Bops and Balls, an incredible fashion show and Durham’s only open air music festival (and much, much more), you can guarantee your time at Mildert will be anything but boring.

Quirkiest thing about your college?
Ducks. With a big lake in the middle of it, Mildert is famous for its ducks. Often found wandering around the College premises, these creatures are revered by members of Van Mildert College. The ducks are held in such high regard, that the killing of some of the College’s ducklings by a Heron last year caused outrage, with a petition being set up to remove a painting of a Heron from the Dining Hall. The campaign has unfortunately been unsuccessful thus far.

What’s your most well-known event?
Jam By The Lake. Organised by Mildert’s Jam Committee, Jam By The Lake is Durham’s only open-air music festival and is hosted right at heart of Mildert on Tees Lawn during the summer. The event has frequently won Purple Radio’s ‘Best Music Event’ and is attended by many people across Durham.

Common Room Contact Details
JCR website details
www.mildert.co.uk
@Van_Mildert_JCR

MCR website details
www.community.dur.ac.uk/vm.mcr/
@VanMildertMCR

Union Rep contact details
George Walker dsu@mildert.co.uk
@VMSeniorSURep

JCR President contact details
Simon Povey
vm.president@durham.ac.uk
@VMPresident

MCR President contact details
Richard Bruce (Now Development Officer - New President not yet elected)
vm.mcrpresident@durham.ac.uk

Welfare Officer contact details
Nick Mainwaring
welfare@mildert.co.uk

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