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Durham University

Event Durham: Grey College

About the College

Grey College was founded in 1959 with 39 undergraduates and 8 postgraduates. The new Master, Sidney Holgate, and his wife, Belle, sought to create a family atmosphere and Grey has continued as an inclusive community ever since.

Before Grey first opened there was serious fire, but, after repairs, the students arrived and the College took a phoenix rising from the ashes as its mascot. Grey has since expanded in numbers but the student body is still focused on meeting new challenges, such as the recent formation of Grey In the Community, which aids the old, young and disabled in County Durham.

Grey is situated above Lower Mountjoy close to the University’s Science and Law faculties and the botanical gardens, with only a 15 minute walk to the town centre and Arts Departments. The College has a large open lawn and a wonderful view of the Cathedral.