Although the first students arrived in 1972, the college building was not opened until 1994. The college is named after Sir Edward Collingwood FRS, distinguished mathematician and a former Chairman of the University Council. Collingwood was originally designed for around 260 students who were allocated individual rooms, an unusual policy for the time. The site chosen was on the outskirts of Durham, next door to the University’s Botanical Gardens. Students liked the idea of being in a co-educational environment and many flocked to join the newly established college. The college now has over 800 spaces for resident students, with a similar number living out. It has the largest population of students in Durham University.
We spoke to Collingwood’s Union Rep, Laura Curran, to find out a little more about the college.