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Durham University

South College

Welcome to South College

Welcome to South College

Welcome to South College

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Tim Luckhurst, the principal of Durham's brand-new 17th college, welcomes students to South College, Durham University.

Welcome from the Principal

I am proud and delighted to have been appointed as the first Principal of South College.
I hope you will choose to join the College and to 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 can bring fresh ideas to add to and enhance Durham’s glorious tradition and to build the character and spirit that will give life to our beautiful new buildings.

I should like South to be a warm, friendly and supportive college – a community of learning, respect, but also, fun. Of course, I hope all students and staff will aim for academic excellence but, from the start, 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, I hope you will choose to make South 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 determined that South College will offer similar and, perhaps, even greater opportunities to those who would like to join me in shaping an inspiring new community of undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics and professional staff.

Of course, South will 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, if we work together in a spirit of partnership and creativity, we can make our new college an excellent place to live and to learn and to build friendships that will last a lifetime. Whether you are applying to the university for the first time or already a student at Durham University, you know that a Durham degree is a highly valued qualification. If you join South College, you will have the opportunity to combine study for your degree with the joy of building a new college. (Perhaps you even have an idea for a new college ‘tradition’?) I look forward very much to welcoming you on the day you arrive.

Professor Tim Luckhurst MA, FRSA,
Principal of South College


Whilst new, the College will have all the attributes of other colleges. Its administrative and social activities, including the Student Common Rooms, will have dedicated space within the College. As elsewhere, the Common Rooms will be the driving force of the student community, organising social events, running college sports and societies, providing peer support and ensuring a strong student presence in the evolution of the College. In addition, there is a Student Hub, shared with neighbouring John Snow College, providing space for formal dining and large-scale social events and including a gym for the use of both colleges.