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Collingwood College


Social Spaces

There are many social spaces around the college. The JCR area contains table tennis, pool tables, seating areas and the JCR shop (which stocks drinks, snacks and essentials). This space is available for everybody to use and the area is also transformed into a dance floor at college events and after formal dinners.

Collingwood has its own coffee shop, "The Wood'n'Spoon" and a TV Room, The Peter Bayley Room. 
"The Stag's Head" is Collingwood's bar - one of the largest and most successful college bars in Durham. As well as being used for big college events, such as formals, the bar is used by many to meet with friends, to relax with soft drinks and snacks, to watch sport fixtures on the big screen, or even to settle down with a laptop for a bit of study! "The Stag's Head" holds many events throughout the year - a weekly quiz, regular Open Mic music nights and charity events. The bar is a place for everybody to enjoy.

At Collingwood, we are lucky to have a lot of outdoor space. The Meadow area can be used for relaxing, studying, or for sports practices. The Meadow is where the majority of "Collingwood Day" happens. After exams, the whole college comes together to enjoy a day in the sun, listening to bands play and celebrating. 

Collingwood is also situated next to the Botanical Gardens. 

Lormor Learning Resource Centre and Study Spaces

There are plenty of study spaces in Collingwood to complement University wide study facilities.

Many students will study in their bedrooms. Others choose to study in Collingwood’s own IT suite, which has a number of networked computers, printers and scanners, and is available 24/7.

Students can also take advantage of the Learning Resource Centre. Work will continue on the Centre over Michaelmas but it is hoped that it will be fully operational in the immediate future. Richard Lawrie will be overseeing the project with the intention that there will be an increased area for study, computers (some available for loan), printers and, of course, key core texts!

Access to the Learning Resource Centre will be 24/7.

Resources in the Lormor Library are included in the University’s Online Library Catalogue.

Sports Facilities

Our 'Mark Hillery Gym' was built in 2011. Fully-air conditioned and looking out over the Meadow, the gym contains treadmills, rowing machines, stepping machines, exercise bikes, and various weight training equipment. It is available to all members of Collingwood College – the JCR, MCR and SCR. The low membership fees mean the gym is incredibly popular, and may be the secret behind Collingwood’s dominance in the Inter-Collegiate Sports Leagues!

The Tennis Court has been recently resurfaced and is available to book. Collingwood also has a lot of outdoor space, such as the Meadow, which can be used for sports practice. 

Arts & Music

Collingwood has a flourishing music and arts scene, with many practice and performance spaces available around the college. 

The music rooms are available to book, but there is also a piano in The Peter Bayley Room available for practice at any time.

In 2013, we welcomed David Venables as Collingwood's artist in residence. David had permanent studio space in Collingwood, and ran workshops for students over the course of the year. Read more about David and his work here.


Meet Claire...

Name: Claire Maynard
Subject: PhD Biological Sciences

Fresher's week is fantastic! As a postgraduate at Collingwood you will be warmly welcomed by both the postgraduate and undergraduate communities, so you have no excuse not to get involved in college life!

You will get a taste of the fun, friendly and supportive atmosphere that Collingwood fosters whilst meeting like-minded students from all over the world. You will soon realise you have chosen the best college to be a part of whilst doing your postgraduate studies. Have fun, try everything (at least once) and most importantly, make friends with the kitchen staff!

Aime le meilleur!