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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:

- 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.

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.

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 maintaining an integrated overview of the strategy and business of the Division, and advising the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and the Divisional Management Board in support of the University’s Wider Student Experience Strategy and its implementation. 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: Colleges Development 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 also supports the Director of Student Support and Wellbeing in his day-to-day work. She also holds financial responsibility in the Division, and manages the relationship between the University and Durham Student Organisations.

Laura Day: Communications and Common Room Intern

Laura joined the team at the beginning of her internship in August 2018. Having previously studied at both Cambridge and Durham universities, Laura’s first-hand experience of the collegiate system helps her to work alongside the Common Room Presidents as they support their students throughout the academic year. Day-to-day, she also works on the Divisional website, and communications with students, as well as supporting the rest of the team on a range of projects. Laura is about to undertake a PhD in the department of English Studies, as a member of St John's College, beginning in October 2019. She will continue working with the PVC team during her first year of study.