We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

South College

Welcome to South College

Welcome from the Principal

I am delighted to welcome you as one of South College's first students. As a new 'Southie' you will share in the adventure of building a diverse and inclusive community where we can all enjoy some of the best days of our lives. A new College at a great University with a rich history offers unique opportunities to work together to create its identity. Secure within Durham’s family of Colleges, we will bring fresh ideas to add to and enhance Durham’s glorious tradition and build the character and spirit that will give life to our beautiful new buildings.

South is a warm, friendly and supportive College – a community of learning, respect, but also fun. Of course, all students and staff will aim for academic excellence but South will also play a full part in the wider student experience that makes Durham so special. Whether you adore sport, drama, music or games, or comedy, debating or current affairs, you will be delighted that South is now your home.

As a seventeen-year-old in 1980, I had the life-enhancing experience of becoming one of the first students at a new college in an ancient university. The experience I gained as a pioneer there gave me the confidence to create and lead at home and abroad for the BBC, The Scotsman newspaper, as the founder of a new university department and a television station, and as a campaigner for freedom of speech. I am confident that South College will offer similar and, perhaps, even greater opportunities to all 'Southies'. I am proud that you have joined and that together we can shape an inspiring new community of students, academics and professional staff.

Of course, South will continue to look to the example of its fellow colleges as it develops. There will be many choices to make and opportunities to seize. I am certain that working together in a spirit of partnership and creativity, we will make our new College an excellent place to live and to learn and to build friendships that will last a lifetime. At South College you will have the opportunity to combine studying for your degree with the joy of building a new College.

Professor Tim Luckhurst MA, FRSA
Principal of South College