Durham University is a ‘collegiate’ university. The colleges are a major part of the Durham University experience and are one of the key reasons our students give for applying.
Durham has 16 colleges in total - 14 based in Durham City and 2 at Queen's Campus. One of the Durham City colleges, Ustinov College, is uniquely for postgraduates. Durham's newest colleage, Josephine Butler College, had its first intake of students in October 2006.
Engagement with College life
There are several ways in which members of staff can become involved in college life. One of these is by becoming a college tutor, another is by becoming a member of a Senior Common Room (SCR). Details of the college tutor system and SCRs follow below. Any member of staff who is interested in becoming a member of a college's SCR or a college tutor should approach the college Principal in the first instance. Further details of the activities and events of college SCRs and the mentor system can be found on the individual web pages of each College.
The mentor system
Each individual college has a mentor system which provides a support network for students. A college's body of mentors is a diverse group of people from a variety of backgrounds who are recruited both from within the university (administrative as well as academic staff) and from the local community. College mentors do not have a direct input into teaching but offer friendship, advice and support to students within the college. The overriding aim of the mentor system is to create and enhance a sense of community within the college and the wider University.
Senior Common Room
The Senior Common Room (SCR) is an important part of any college. The SCR is a community of past and present staff members of the University, college mentors and local people who take an interest in and support the work of the college. A college's SCR provides a relaxing place to meet colleagues and entertain visitors and the SCRs hold a series of dinners and events throughout the year.