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Durham University

Grey College

Undergraduate Applications

Two grey students smiling in the sun.

Colleges are there to provide for all of your non-academic needs at Durham University and Grey is no different. As a member of Grey, you will get a room, food and access to all our facilities, as well as being able to attend the many events that are run in college every year. Whatever your aspirations, whatever you need or can offer, Grey is a community which you can be part of and that you will enjoy.

At the start of your time at Durham University you will take part in induction week, a programme of both social and academic events and seminars created to help you to get to know other students and Durham as a whole. After this, lectures will begin and you will have the chance to navigate a hectic mix of friends, sports, societies, parties, committees, formal dinners and whatever else you wish to get involved in.

At the centre of life at College is the Junior Common Room. Grey JCR is one of the few college JCRs to be run independently from the university; it is a student run charity which offers great leadership opportunities as well as creating an excellent events calendar (Phoenix Ball anyone?) The JCR runs Grey’s sports and societies, whilst pushing the boundaries for student involvement; our teams cater for everything from football to ultimate Frisbee, whilst societies range from fireworks to Disney! In 2011, Grey In The Community, was formed. This group helps the young, elderly and disabled of County Durham; in 2013 it began running a monthly Contact the Elderly teaparty, the first collegiate group in the country to do this.

One particular feature of note is Grey’s artistic provision. If you are into media, photography, drama, drawing, painting, poetry, music, dance, films; if you like visiting art galleries or exhibitions, attending plays or concerts; if you wish to direct a play, design a poster, run a campaign or borrow a musical instrument, then Grey is a place for you. And there is so much more.

Alongside the students, Grey is immensely privileged to have a fantastic group of staff members. The Master, Tom Allen (not to be confused with Sir Tom Allen, the University’s Chancellor), oversees all the activity of Grey College and will be ready to welcome you on your first day. Peter Swift, the Vice Master, is currently looking to improve the college’s non-academic skills provision with our GrEAT (Grey Employabiltiy And Transferable) skills and GO (Grey Opportunities) programs. Student welfare and support is kept running smoothly by Julie Brash, the Assistant Master (welfare), whilst Karen Blundell, our Bursar, oversees the financial and operational aspects of the College. Please send any queries to you can also book a tour or find information on how to apply to Grey College as part of your Durham University degree. We look forward to hearing from you.

You can choose Grey as your college by entering “DUR/G” in the appropriate place on your UCAS form. The college you choose will not in any way affect your chances of getting an offer from the University; that decision is made by your academic department. If you prefer not to select a college, the University can select one for you on your behalf. This is known as making an open application.

To ensure that as many people as possible get to their first-choice college, the University runs a College Allocations Process commencing in February of each year