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Ustinov College celebrates first year at Sheraton Park

(10 September 2018)

Artists and Ustinov students at a community painting day

The University’s Ustinov College is celebrating one year since it moved to a new home at Sheraton Park.

It was September 2017 when Ustinov, the University’s postgraduate College, relocated from the Howlands site to Sheraton Park, in Neville’s Cross, Durham City.

Part of the community

Since then, strong links and good relations have been developed with local community at Sheraton Park.

The College has welcomed local families for events including a Halloween party, a Christmas party and an Easter egg hunt.

A community painting day saw staff, students and local residents work together on works of art which are now on display in the Ustinov café.

The café is open to the public and regularly hosts a local knitting group, amongst other groups.

An art exhibition held in February, which explored interactions between people and their environment, saw Year 12 Art students from nearby Durham Johnston School among those contributing artworks for display.

In August, the 4th Ustinov Annual Conference was followed by an art exhibition which was open to the public and explored the idea of planetarity – the sense of belonging to a global community.

Ustinov has many international students and the exhibition theme was linked to the conference theme: Citizenships to Sustainable Development: The Role of Critical Global and Environmental Citizenships.

'So welcome'

Professor Glenn McGregor, Principal of Ustinov College, said: “The relocation of Ustinov College to Sheraton Park marked the start of a new era for the College.

“We are a scholarly community that celebrates diversity, and it has been very pleasing to see our new neighbours around Sheraton Park embrace that with us over the past year.

“I would like to thank them for making us so welcome, and I hope we can continue to work together for the benefit of both the College and the local area.”

It is hoped local schools will join students and professional artists in contributing to an art exhibition being planned for February 2019.

'Good dialogue'

Steve Rundle and Helen Martin, Co-Chairs of Sheraton Park Residents Association, said: “As Co-Chairs of Sheraton Park Residents Association, we are pleased with how things are going with Ustinov College. 

“There is good dialogue between Ustinov and the Association, and they are good neighbours, often hosting events for families to come to, and opening up the café to residents. 

“The community room is a wonderful shared asset. There have been minimal issues over the last year, and any have been quickly resolved. Given the concerns many residents had about the development, this is a big relief.”

The relocation of Ustinov College was an early pillar of Durham’s University Strategy, 2017-2027.