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Grey College

The Staff

Tom Allen (Master) and Felix the Phoenix (Person Dressed as Phoenix, College Mascot)

Thomas Allen - Master

I've been Master of the College since 2011, but I started working at Durham in 1991 as a teaching fellow and research assistant in the School of Law. I spent a few years at Newcastle and Leeds, but the rest of the time has been at Durham, where I eventually became a professor and head of school. I am still active in the School of Law, with some teaching and research on different aspects of property law. As Master of Grey, I have overall responsibility for College. I work closely with the College officers (Peter Swift, Karen Blundell and Julie Bushby) and the Common Rooms to make sure that things run smoothly and to plan our strategy for the future.The University of Durham recruits remarkably able students. They should aspire to be leaders in whatever they choose to do in life. In the College, we try to make this possible, by making sure that they have a supportive environment for their academic study and opportunities outside the classroom to work with others and develop of the confidence and skills of a leader. Outside work, I am a regular but not particularly fast runner. My big goal in life is to reach the 70% age grade at the local parkrun (www.parkrun.org.uk/durham/). I've come close a few times, but I'm not quite there.

Peter Swift - Vice Master sitting smiling beside a church organ

Peter Swift - Vice Master

Peter Swift studied Mathematics and Physics here at Grey College, before completing a PhD with Prof. Martyn Chamberlain, a former Master of the College. Following various research and teaching posts within the University, Peter is pleased to now be working as Vice Master of Grey College, which he combines with a Teaching Fellowship in the Department of Physics. As Vice Master, Peter is responsible for Student Experience at Grey College, in the broadest sense. He has developed and runs both the GrEAT (Grey Employability And Transferable) skills and the GO (Grey Opportunities) programmes, whilst also taking the lead on the college’s provision for Postgraduate Students. Through these activities he hopes to ensure that students at Grey College get the broadest possible education whilst here, to broaden and enhance their degree studies. Peter also sits ex officio on the College Trust and undertakes alumni relations, as well as acting as Treasurer for the Senior Common Room (SCR). Outside of work, Peter is a keen cricketer, currently captaining the University staff team, as well as playing in the local leagues. He is also a church organist and choral singer.

Julie Bushby - Assistant Master (Welfare)

Julie Bushby - Assisstant Master (welfare)

I have worked at the University for over 34 years, joining the then Department of Economics in 1981 as a Trainee Secretary. This was initially on a temporary 6 month contract but I ended up staying for 18 years! In 1999 I left Economics for Grey and have been here ever since! Over the years I have undertaken professional counselling training and in 2013 I was appointed to the position of Assistant Master and Head of Welfare, formalising my ‘College Mum’ status! Away from work I have a son, James, and my interests include supporting Newcastle United Football Club (well someone has to; indeed I was a season ticket holder for many years). As anyone who has visited my office will bear witness, I have an unhealthy obsession/passion for New York City, well Manhattan actually, and hope to retire to an Upper East Side Penthouse Apartment overlooking Central Park… well I can dream!

Karen Blundell - Bursar

The Bursar is a member of the College’s Senior Management Team - a 50% role with responsibility for the day to day, non-academic College operations. I lead a very effective team of Operational Managers who have delegated responsibility for, among other things: facilities, grounds, housekeeping, catering, the bar and student event management. In addition, I am also a member of several University wide Committees including: Green Travel & the Fair-Trade steering groups. I also Chair the Divisional Housekeepers’ & Reception Groups. In my spare time I do a lot of walking especially in the Lake District. I own and train Border Collies and compete them successfully at local agility shows. I use reward based training systems and am always happy to talk, often endlessly, about training and motivational techniques.

Peter Dunn - Facility Operations Manager

Nicola Gittins - Food and Beverages Services Manager

Kellie Stephenson - Student Support Administrator

Leanne Oldham - Student Support Secretary

Susan Butler - Receptionist (AM)

Lynne Parkes - Receptionist (PM)