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Durham University

Hatfield College

Who's Who

MASTER, Professor Ann MacLarnon, MA, PhD

Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 2611 or Email:

Ann MacLarnon became Master of Hatfield College in September 2017, as well as Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology in the Anthropology Department at Durham. As Master, Ann is responsible for leading all aspects of college life, including ensuring an excellent student experience and academic engagement. Ann grew up in Leicestershire, and went to Newnham College, Cambridge University, where, after one year studying Natural Sciences (Physical), she switched to Physical Anthropology (now known as Biological Anthropology) for the second and third years of her BA. Following this, Ann went to University College London, where she worked as a research assistant in the Anthropology Department, whilst studying for a PhD part-time. After a couple of years teaching at UCL, Ann moved to Roehampton University in London where she worked from 1989-2017, holding various roles, including Head of the School of Life Sciences, Head of the Graduate School and Deputy Provost Research, becoming Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology in 2003. Ann’s research interests include physiological adaptations of primates and the evolution of human speech. She is active in her subject nationally including serving a period as President of the Primate Society of Great Britain, and two periods on the Anthropology panel for national assessments of research in UK universities (RAE and REF). She is currently Vice President (Biological) for the Royal Anthropological Institute. Aside from academic interests, Ann is a keen amateur violinist.


Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 2636 or Email:

Anthony Bash is Vice-Master and Senior Tutor at Hatfield College. Anthony’s role in College includes deputising for the Master and ensuring that a framework for promoting student wellbeing and personal development is in place. Anthony is also the College Chaplain and an honorary professor in the Department of Theology and Religion. After studying law at Bristol University, Anthony trained to be and practised as a solicitor. He has a theology degree from Glasgow University and a doctorate from Cambridge University. Anthony’s specialism is the New Testament, and how to read and interpret the New Testament in an inter-disciplinary way. For the last fifteen years or so he has been writing and thinking about forgiveness and reconciliation in a modern setting. He is currently writing a book on remorse. Anthony teaches theology to undergraduates, has taught a masters module on Religion, Culture, and Conflict for the School of Government and International Affairs, and regularly teaches a masters module on forgiveness.

College Staff

PositionContact PersonContact Details
Archivist Dr. Michael Stansfield 0191 334 2964
Assistant Senior Tutor tba 0191 334 2642
Chaplain Anthony Bash 0191 334 2636
Finance Officer Mrs. Susan Noble 0191 334 2621
Food & Beverage Services Manager Mr. William Green 0191 334 2195
Head Chef Mr. Colin Thompson 0191 334 2195
Librarian Dr. Kevin Sheehan 0191 334 2632
Master Professor Ann MacLarnon 0191 334 2611
Master's Secretary Miss Janet Raine 0191 334 2601
Operations Manager Mr David Embleton 0191 334 2653
Porters' Lodge Hatfield Porters 0191 334 2619


Ms Judith Young 0191 334 2633

Hatfield Development Officer & Honorary Director of the Hatfield Trust

Ms Grace Norman 0191 334 2603
Senior Student Support Officer Mrs. Brenda Mitchell 0191 334 2610
Vice-Master & Senior Tutor Professor Anthony Bash 0191 334 2636