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. 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.
We spoke to Hatfield’s Community Officer, Rhiannon Melass, to find out a little more about the college.