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Durham University

Collingwood College

Who's who


Telephone: 45000


Porters’ Lodge

Telephone: 45003


Collingwood College Office

Telephone: 45041


Collingwood Admissions

Telephone: 45015


Student Support



Professor Joe Elliott

Telephone: 45011


Joe was a student at Hild-Bede from 1973-77 where he trained as a teacher. He subsequently taught in mainstream and special schools in Durham and Sunderland prior to at Newcastle University as an LEA educational psychologist. He also studied for part-time M.A. and PhD degrees at Durham and a B.A. in Psychology with the Open University. He was appointed Professor of Education at Durham University in 2004 after fourteen years at the University of Sunderland where he was latterly Acting Dean of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. A Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Joe is registered to engage in clinical practice as an educational psychologist by the Health Professions Council and maintains a small caseload in a secondary school in Middlesbrough. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a member of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 Education Panel.

Joe's research and teaching interests include dyslexia, achievement motivation, working memory difficulties, special educational needs, behaviour management, cognitive education, and psychological assessment. His research involves ongoing collaborations with partners in Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia. He is currently a member of two teams funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to examine a) the use of multi-touch computer technology in collaborative group situations and b) a large-scale school based intervention involving increased physical activity as a means to enhance children's psychological functioning. His latest book, Children in Difficulty 3rd edition, co-authored with a Professor of Child Psychiatry, will be published by Routledge in December, 2011.

Vice Principal

Assistant Principal and Senior Tutor

Mr Grant Slater

Telephone: 45012


The Assistant Principal is directly responsible to the Principal for all matters relating to the academic and pastoral care of students, for the admission of undergraduates and postgraduates, for the allocation of accommodation to students and for the College Tutorial system. One of Grant's major roles is in Student Support and he is very happy to see students on any academic, personal or other matters, as the need arises. Grant is available most times for meetings and is best contacted via the email address above.


Miss Karen Blundell

Telephone: 45013


The Bursar is a member of the College’s Senior Management Team - a 50% role responsible for the day to day non academic College operations.

I lead a team of Operational Managers who are responsible for Housekeeping, Reception, Portering, Health & Safety, Security, Maintenance, Catering & Events and Accounts. The Bursar also holds the personal licence for the Bar.

As well as the day to day running of the College the operational team are also responsible for ensuring standards within their departments are set, maintained and are constantly reviewed and improved within the physical and budgetary constraints.

The operations team also works closely with the Junior Common room (JCR) and JCR Executive to support student events and new innovations such as the current refurbishment of the JCR – 2013 - as well as supporting the main annual College events such as The Fashion Show, Collingwood Day and the Spring Ball. We also support the MCR and SCR.

Although Collingwood is primarily & most importantly a home for our students we are also one of the main university trading colleges. We support the wider University strategy by hosting internal events during term time, as well as during the 3 vacations.

As well as being Bursar of Collingwood and Grey College, I am also a member of several University Committees including: Green Travel, Fair-Trade, I also Chair the Divisional Housekeepers’ Group.

In my spare time I train my Border Collies and compete with them at local agility shows. I use reward based training systems and am always happy to talk, often endlessly, about dog training and motivation. I love walking especially in the Lakes and have recently re discovered my love of cycling.

College Staff


Contact Person

Contact Details

Student Support Officer

Mrs Janet Stewart 45014
Student Support Officer Dr Luke Evans 45086
Student Support Secretary Miss Pardip Sander 45015
College Secretary Mrs Allison Lumley 45041
Accounting Technician Mrs Sandra Shaw 45022
Accounting Assistant Mrs Christine Passmore 45027
Operations Facilities Manager Mrs Jayne Dixon 45017
Administrative Assistant Mrs Anne Ankers 45178
Head Chef Mr Jim Reilly 45036
Food Service Manager Mr Matthew Jacobs 45078
Housekeeper Mrs Ann Midgley 45040
Head Receptionist Mrs Glenda Reed 45023
Receptionist Miss Chelsea Challans 45000

Receptionist (PM)

Mr Stephen Anderson 45000
Alumni and Development Officer Ms Jess Hughes 45172
Bar Stewart (Sabbatical) Ms Kitty Briggs 45052
SCR President Ms Sophie Daniels 46288
MCR President To be appointed 45005
JCR President Mr James Llewelyn 45050