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Durham University

PVC Colleges & Student Experience Office

Our Colleges

"Colleges encourage new experiences and new understandings: they are places to discover new interests, to live adventurously and, indeed, to dream."

[Evans HM & TP Burt (eds), The Collegiate Way: university education in a collegiate context, Dordrecht: Sense Publishers, 2016; xi]

Durham is a proudly collegiate university. The vision and purpose of our college communities can be discovered here.

You can find out more about individual colleges here.

Our colleges provide

  • Fellowship
    Inter-generational, cross-societal and international fellowship is sustained across a college - and for life.
  • Intellectual spaces and activities
    Colleges are multi-disciplinary communities that play a significant role in the wider education of Durham students.
  • Opportunities for participation and leadership
    Students and other college members are encouraged to get involved in both familiar and new pursuits and to gain an improved sense of well-being and life-work balance from doing so.
  • A platform to support others
    Mutual (peer) support is a virtue that is acquired and grown through volunteering and other activities, and that lays foundations for building a strong sense of civic responsibility and global citizenship.
  • Networks of pastoral and other support
    The Durham colleges not only help and support students in times of difficulty, but also consistently develop for our student members a broad range of values and capacities, including self-reliance, initiative, leadership and respect for others.

Our members achieve

  • Personal effectiveness
    This is pursued through developing initiative, self-awareness and motivation, organisation, confidence, resilience, participation, teamwork, leadership and enterprise.
  • Intellectual curiosity
    Leading an examined life comes about through developing virtues of the intellect and the imagination.
  • A sense of belonging and responsibility
    College life both fosters and depends upon respect for diversity, a sense of place, a 'culture of affection', and lifelong affinity wih one's college and its wider community.