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Durham University

PVC Colleges & Student Experience Office

Current Status of the Student Organisations

Common Rooms

The role of Common Rooms (CRs) is to represent the views of their students on college matters to that college and to other relevant staff and bodies within the University.

The governance arrangements for CRs were reviewed as a consequence of the Charities Act 2006 which removed the exempt charitable status of student unions and meant that student unions with a turnover in excess of £100k now fall under the regulation of the Charity Commission.

The Durham Student Organisation (DSO) framework, through which student organisations (other than those recognised as student unions) operate within the organisational and governance structure of the University, was developed during 2011 jointly by the University and the Presidents. All CRs voted on whether to opt into this framework or to follow the charity route.

The JCRs of the following eleven maintained colleges have opted into the DSO framework :

Collingwood College
John Snow College
College of St Hild and St Bede
Van Mildert College
George Stephenson College
Josephine Butler College
St Mary's College
Trevelyan College
Hatfield College
St Aidan's College
University College

The MCRs of the following five maintained colleges have opted into the DSO framework :

Hatfield College
Josephine Butler College
University College
Van Mildert College
Trevelyan College

The CRs of the following three maintained colleges opted to follow the charity route from 1 August 2011:

Grey College
St Cuthbert's Society
Ustinov College

Experience Durham

  • Team Durham, the organisation responsible for supporting sport throughout the University, to which individual sport clubs may be affiliated;
  • Student Community Action (SCA);
  • Durham Student Theatre, and
  • Music Durham

are all DSOs.

Other DSOs

  • Entrepreneurs Durham
  • Enactus