We began life as the Graduate Society, a body postgraduate students could join instead of one of the colleges. In 2003, the society was renamed Ustinov College after the former Chancellor of Durham University, Oscar-winning actor Peter Ustinov. Ustinov has recently moved to a new site at Sheraton Park and takes around 50% of the University's postgraduate students! The Graduate Common Room (GCR) is the Ustinov equivalent of a JCR in undergrad colleges, representing students and organising events for them like parties and formals.

We spoke to Ustinov’s Durham SU Liaison Officer, Alex Hampton, to find out a little more about the college.

Fun fact about your college?

What advice would you give freshers coming to Ustinov?

What’s your college mascot and why?

Any cool college alumni?

GCR website details


Union Rep contact details


GCR President contact details

Diana Martinez-Trejo