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Durham University

Colleges and Student Experience Division

Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Colleges and Student Experience

The work of our small team encompasses a diverse range of functions and projects in connection with all parts of the Colleges and Student Experience Division. We work alongside a wider group of colleagues, including students, from across the Division and University; together, we strive to maintain Durham’s excellent wider student experience whilst exploring new ways to enhance student life.

Some of our specific areas of work include:

- Allocation of new students to Colleges

- Management of residential bed spaces across the Colleges

- Coordination of projects and activity spanning the 16 Colleges

- Providing a point of support and contact for College Common Rooms

- Marketing of the wider student experience

- Strategy and planning for the Colleges and Student Experience Division

- Divisional-level finance and administration

- Management of Senate’s Wider Student Experience Committee.

We also work on a daily basis to support the varied portfolio of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Colleges and Student Experience.

Meet our team

Jeremy Cook: Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Colleges and Student Experience

Jeremy commenced in the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor on 2 September 2019.

Prof. Graham Towl: Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience)

Graham is responsible for the work of the student conduct office. He also Chairs the Durham University and Residents Forum (DURF). He is the Directorate lead on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

Debbie Steer: Executive Assistant to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Debbie joined Durham University in January 2016. She provides Executive support to the PVC and is the first point of contact for those wishing to speak with him. Her role involves diary management, liaising with internal departments and external stakeholders, and providing advice and guidance on wider Divisional issues. Debbie also works on briefs, documents and presentations, and prepares the PVC for meetings.

Jonny Moore: Head of Divisional Business Management

Matt Deakin: Senior Manager (Residential Student Services)

Matt joined the University as a Careers Adviser in 2002 and subsequently worked as Employer Relations and New Business Manager (2005-2010). He joined the Colleges Division in 2011 as Assistant Registrar and has since had a range of roles and responsibilities across the Division. Matt is responsible for all student college allocations as well as student accommodation planning, working closely with colleagues in Estates and Facilities and Student Recruitment and Admissions.

Tom Pullman: Senior Divisional Manager

Tom joined the Colleges and Student Experience Division in 2018, having worked at Durham since 2012 in the Strategic Planning Office. Tom is responsible for leading on Divisional administration. He manages finance and staffing matters for the Division and is often involved in Divisional project teams. He is also the Secretary to Senate’s Wider Student Experience Committee.

Anne Sayers: Assistant Divisional Manager

Anne joined the University in 1980. In her role, she supports and facilitates the work of the Chair of Colleges, and is the first point of call for all matters relating to the PVC (C&SE) Office. Anne is line manager for the Communications and Common Room Intern, and supports the wider team in their day-to-day work. She also holds financial responsibility in the Division, and manages the relationship between the University and Durham Student Organisations.

Amanda Chilton: Administrator

Amanda joined Durham University in 2018, at first working in the Executive Office. She also worked in Human Resources Business Support, and is currently the Administrator in the Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Colleges. Amanda also supports the Director of Student Support and Wellbeing in his day-to-day work. Amanda works with the team to ensure the smooth running of the administrative processes to support people and business activities.

Rebecca Eves: Community Liaison Manager (Maternity Cover)

Rebecca is currently in the role of Community Liaison Manager while Hannah Shepherd is on Maternity Leave. Rebecca facilitates a number of community relations and engagement initiatives including the Durham University Residents Forum and the Community Engagement Task Force. She also works with internal and external partners on areas such as student safety and environmental strategies, as well as representing the University in groups such as the Durham Area Action Partnership. The University’s Student Community Wardens work with Rebecca to provide student representation in key spaces, support students in being positive citizens of Durham, and strengthen relationships between students and members of the local community.

Richard Freeman: Marketing and Student Leader Liasion Intern

Richard joined the team at the beginning of his internship in September 2021. Having previously studied at Durham University and previously holding the role of JCR President in two Colleges (John Snow College and South College) Richard’s first-hand experience of the collegiate system helps him to work alongside the Common Room Presidents as they support their students throughout the academic year. Day-to-day, he also works on the Divisional website, and communications with students, as well as supporting the rest of the team on a range of projects.