LGBT Staff at Durham work in a wide variety of roles across the University's many departments and divisions. The profiles below highlight just a handful of staff members in a range of different jobs and departments.
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Senior Lecturer, Department of Classics and Ancient History
Jennifer joined the university in 2004, after completing a doctorate on Ovid's exile poetry, and teaches courses including 'Love and Sex in Ancient Poetry' and 'The World of Catullus'. Her current research explores how later ages have responded to same-sex love in antiquity and, in particular, how receptions of Rome have contributed to the construction of modern homosexual identities.
Santiago Fouz Hernández
Reader in Hispanic Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Originally from Spain, he has been working at Durham University since 1999. His field of research is contemporary Spanish cinema and in particular the representation of masculinities and male bodies. He has also published on Spanish popular culture in the 1980s and on Spanish queer theory and queer cinema. He is currently working on a project about Spanish erotic cinema in the democratic period.
Lecturer, Department of Music
Patrick Zuk is a specialist in Russian/Soviet music, and teaches undergraduate modules on historical musicology and music theory. He is currently working on a study of Nikolay Myaskovsky (1881-1950), one of the leading Russian composers of the early Soviet period.
Faculty of Science
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics
Dominic’s research area is the physical foundations of computing, particularly quantum computing. His research investigates how novel physics affects our ability to compute certain problems and, in turn, how a computational understanding of fundamental reality impacts back on physics. Dominic is transgender, and he transitioned at Durham in 2015.
Faculty of Social Sciences & Health
Lecturer, School of Applied Social Sciences (Sociology)
Mark McCormack is a Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Applied Social Sciences. His research explores the changes in gender and sexual identities that occur in cultures of decreased homophobia. His book The Declining Signifiance of Homophobia: How Teenage Boys are Redefining Masculinity and Heterosexuality is published with Oxford University Press, and he is currently writing a book on the improving experiences of bisexual men in the US and UK.
Professional Support Services
Acquisitions Co-ordinator, Bill Bryson Library
Tim started at the University Library in September 2005 as a library assistant on the acquisitions department and has now progressed to the role of Acquisitions Co-ordinator. His job involves purchasing all the books and other library materials for all the library sites and dealing with enquiries on the Help & Information Desk. Tim is also an active member of the Library’s Communication and Marketing Group.
Bursar, Lafcadio Hearn Culture Centre
Mike has worked as the Bursar for Teikyo University of Japan in Durham since October 1995. During 1994, he worked for the restaurateur Sir Terence Conran at ‘La Pont de la Tour’ in London. Previously, he was an infantry officer in the Royal Air Force Regiment, having joined the RAF at seventeen.