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Durham University

Collingwood College

Who's who


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

Ms Emma Brownlow

Telephone: 45024


Emma Brownlow is directly responsible to the Principal for all matters relating to the strategic development of the College, student development and student opportunities, alumni relations, fundraising, careers and employability provision, and outreach strategies. When the need arises, Emma supports the Assistant Principal and other College Officers with all matters relating to student discipline and student support. Emma works full time at Collingwood College and can be contacted by email or in the Vice Principal’s office.

Assistant Principal

Mr Grant Slater

Telephone: 45012


The Assistant Principal is directly responsible to the Principal for all matters relating to student support and wellbeing and for the for the allocation of accommodation to students on admission. Grant 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.


Telephone: 45000


Porters’ Lodge

Telephone: 45003


Collingwood College Office

Telephone: 45041


Collingwood Admissions

Telephone: 45015


Student Support


Collingwood Alumni



Contact Person

Contact Details

Student Support Officer

Mrs Janet Stewart 45014
Student Support Secretary Miss Pardip Sander 45015

College Office Co-Ordinator

Miss Chelsea Challans 45041
Accounting Technician Mrs Sandra Shaw 45022
Accounting Assistant Mrs Christine Passmore 45027
Community Operations Manager Mrs Jayne Dixon 45017
Head Chef Mr Marc Reavley 45036
Food Service Manager Mr Ben Simpson 45078
Community Operations Team Leader Mrs Glenda Reed 45023

Reception Helpdesk Assistant

Miss Claire Johnson and Mrs Debra Stone

Technical Theatre & AV Specialist Miss Mel Chan 45051
Bar Steward (Sabbatical) Mr Chris Noade
JCR President Mr Will Stobbs 45050