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Durham University

Josephine Butler College Senior Common Room

 Josephine Butler College Senior Common Room

Welcome to Josephine Butler College's Senior Common Room

The Senior Common Room (SCR) consists of a mixture of staff of the university and members of the local community interested in taking part in the life of the college. It has both a social and community function - providing opportunities for meeting a wide range of people in an informal atmosphere and organising events such as meals, walking clubs, wine tasting, seminars etc. - and a role in working with the junior members of the college (the undergraduates and postgraduate students) in encouraging them to engage with staff and the local community in a less academic capacity than in their departments.

We would love to hear from established members of the university and members of the local community who may bring their understanding of other colleges, the city and region and link us in with existing practice. We are also particularly keen to hear from new members of staff at the university who wish to become members and who are interested in forming a new SCR which draws on and extends the traditional functions of the SCR.

If you are interested in joining our SCR, please contact Anne Murphy on

Monthly Clubs:

SCR Book Club

New members are always welcome to join the SCR Bookclub (second Thursday of the month at 7pm in the SCR except August). Please get in touch with Eve English ( if you would like to join a very informal group.

Books and dates for Epiphany Term 2018/19:

January 10th "Less" by Andrew Sean Greer

February 14th - "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. The author is signing copies of her new book "Once Upon a River" at Waterstone's in Durham City on Wednesday 30th January from 12.30-1.30pm.

March 14th - "The Dry" by Jan Harper

April 11th - "A Whole Life" by Robert Seethaler

May 9th - to be decided

June 13th - "Normal People" by Sally Rooney. Out in paperback by June.

July 11th - to be decided

September 12th - "Tombstone " by C. J. Sansom. A long read for over the summer. May not be in paperback but most supermarkets are selling the hardback for half price.

SCR Sewing, Knitting, Cross Stitch and another craft - Club

Any crafter of any level is welcome at the SCR Craft Club - knitters, crocheters, cross-stitchers, embroiderers and many more! Bring something you are working on already, come and fish for tips about a new project or learn an entirely new skill!

We're a very informal group who meet on the last Thursday of every month in the SCR at 7pm. If you'd be interested in coming along, please contact Anne Murphy on

Ideas for a new club

If you'd be interested in coming along to a club that doesn't yet exist, please get in touch with us, and we'll be happy to help set it up! For all SCR event enquiries (except Formal Dinners), please contact Natasha Miller on 0191 3347289 or at

Contact Details

Senior Common Room
Josephine Butler College
Durham University
South Road

College Tel: 0191 3347260