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Josephine Butler

 Josephine Butler

“OUR MOTTO: "Comme Je Trouve - We take life as we find it, and make of it what we can." ”

Welcome to Josephine Butler College - We are now officially 10 years old.

June 2016 to July 2017 is our year of celebration events to mark our 10th Anniversary . Please have a look and see what we have planned.

As Durham's youngest College having opened in 2006, we are free-spirited, flourishing and full of life. We have a vibrant, inclusive community of around 800 students from a variety of backgrounds and encourage all our students to get involved with our pioneering spirit.

Butler is expanding! Please bear with us through the minor disruption whilst we modernise our site over the following year.

Why choose Butler?

  • Inspiration and opportunity: We are always open to new ideas giving you the inspiration and the opportunity to be as innovative as you want to be and make things happen. 
  • Excellent support: Our outstanding college mentor system (rated as excellent by our students) means you have all the support you need to make the most of your time at University.
  • Traditions with a twist: We take pride in keeping up some of the University's oldest traditions, giving them our own unique Josephine Butler twist.

Image: Matt Ricketts

Who are we?

We are named after the 19th Century social reformer, Josephine Butler, who had a profound influence on society's view of women's health and education.

  • Butler is a fully en-suite, self-catering College.

Butler Mascot - the Mole

You can now buy our beautiful luxurious fur Josephine Butler Mole mascot to have and to treasure forever as your reminder of your time at Josephine Butler College. Why not buy it as a gift for a friend or treat yourself to one for your room or if you are graduating ask your Parents for it as a gift.

These are available at a special offer price of £10.00 each in a gift bag.

If you would like to purchase one please contact the JCR office or the College Secretary on or

College video.

Have a look at our fabulous Butler video.

One world week 2017.


Pre-sessional programme underway

After the arrival of nearly 200 pre-sessional students to Durham, the Pre-sessional Team have been busy working with the English Language Centre to ensure that all students are registered into the University. The students are now all fully enrolled into the university and have had support with their NHS, bank and visa registrations. Now the students have started to settle into University life, the Pre-sessional Team have been encouraging the Pre-sessional students to get involved in College life by organising trips to Newcastle and York as well as showing students the local attractions in Durham. The Pre-sessional students have also been introduced to Durham formals, where they have had the opportunity to experience university traditions. But most importantly, the students have been introduced to Butler College’s supportive environment, by being introduced to a College Mentor, who has the role of answering questions and signposting students, as well as this, the students have constant support from the Pre-sessional Team. We have lots more events planned for the coming weeks such as a Brazilian Carnival, a river cruise and a pizza evening!

(12 Jul 2017) » More about Pre-sessional programme underway

End of Year Celebrations 2017

The final 3 weeks of Easter Term at Butler are full of celebrations for our current students, graduating students, and alumni. Butler Day and the Summer Ball are our two most anticipated events.

(9 Jul 2017) » More about End of Year Celebrations 2017

Open Days - Summer 2017

On the 26th of June, 1st of July and 23rd of September 2017 Durham City and Josephine Butler College will welcome prospective students and visitors to our vibrant, world-class university. Booking is essential as part of the Open Day process and some individual talks will also need booking. Accommodation in college rooms in Durham City is available however rooms will not be available at Butler.

(7 Jun 2017) » More about Open Days - Summer 2017

Photography by Huw Thomas & Hannah Vidal-Hall)

Tuesday 18 July 2017

  • 3:25pm to 3:25pm
  • Formal 3:55pm to 3:55pm

Wednesday 2 August 2017

Wednesday 30 August 2017

Thursday 21 September 2017

Friday 29 September 2017

Monday 2 October 2017

Tuesday 3 October 2017

“ Butler is beautiful, shiny and new. It has a good mix of people from all walks of life and you really get a sense that things are there for the taking if you want it as students run most of the day to day activities. Butler is simply wonderful!”
Student Experience Survey

Contact Details

Josephine Butler College
Durham University
South Road
Reception: 0191 3347260