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Introducing South College

(4 June 2020)

We’re excited to be launching a new college community this September: South College. Read on to find out how South’s newly announced crest and motto reflect the values of the community we are creating.

Freedom, equality and global citizenship

This is South’s new motto.

Freedom indicates South’s dedication to freedom of thought, speech and debate.

Equality stresses the College’s commitment to inclusion and diversity.

Global citizenship emphasises its desire to welcome students and staff from all over the world and its concern for the future of our planet.

A torch, a cross and an owl

South College’s values are also reflected in its new crest, which features the Torch of Liberty, St Cuthbert’s Cross and an owl.

The Torch symbolises lighting the way to freedom and enlightenment.

St Cuthbert is one of the North of England’s best-loved Christian saints. Durham’s 900-year-old Cathedral is partly dedicated to him and his Cross is also a symbol of the University.

The inclusion of the Cross in South’s crest shows that the College is proud of the history of our University and County Durham.

Finally, the owl. Owls live in the woods near South and the owl represents wisdom.

What’s next?

South College’s wonderful new buildings and grounds at Mount Oswald, close to other Colleges, Departments and the Bill Bryson Library, are nearly ready.

We’re looking forward to opening in September 2020.

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Read more on South College’s motto and crest from the Principal, Professor Tim Luckhurst
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