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Durham University

Hatfield SCR

Aims and Purposes

The Senior Common Room at Hatfield College exists to promote:

  • The work of the College as a flourishing community of scholars; and
  • Links between the College, its three common rooms and the wider community.

To this end, the Senior Common Room seeks to support:

  • Research and scholarly activity;
  • The wellbeing of all three common rooms of the College;
  • Visiting and honorary fellows at the College;
  • Links with a range of University institutions, departments and the wider community;
  • Social and recreational activities that help promote and strengthen the foregoing.

The following are examples of the endeavours of the SCR:

  • Participating in or promoting the research and scholarly activity of the College;
  • Providing a programme of lectures and seminars by members of the Senior Common Room and visiting fellows;
  • Payment of a choir scholarship for the College Chapel;
  • Mentoring support for all the College's students;
  • Participation in joint events with the Junior and Middle Common Rooms;
  • Providing social and recreational activities of a cultural nature for members of the Senior Common Room (e.g. a visit to the Lindisfarne Gospels' Exhibition, a theatre visit to Newcastle, intepreted walks in areas of landscape or natural beauty interest).


  • All members of staff at the University are welcome to apply for membership of the Senior Common Room;
  • College Mentors are ex officio members of the Senior Common Room;
  • Members of the local community are particularly welcome to apply for membership.