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Durham University

St Cuthbert's Society

St Cuthbert's Society

Welcome to St Cuthbert's Society

St Cuthbert’s Society is one of the largest and oldest student communities at Durham. Founded in 1888 as an alternative to college living, it still retains that independence of spirit, but now offers its students all the advantages of being a college of Durham University. Cuth’s occupies two sites, with rooms on the historic Bailey and self-catered, modern flats across the river at Parson’s Field. We provide a uniquely flexible range of accommodation and catering options to our diverse student body. Cuth’s offers outstanding opportunities for student participation in sport, the arts and volunteering, which are supported by its exceptionally energetic Junior Common Room, as well as a lively programme of interdisciplinary lectures, careers evenings and events to enhance the academic experience.


Cuth's News

Fellows' Lecture 2019 Elspeth Talbot Rice QC

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC (Elspeth Lindsley, Law 1986-1989) gave a witty and incisive talk on Nov 29th about legal definitions and controversial cases which have gone as far as the Supreme Court: Is a whale a fish? Is a flapjack a cereal bar for VAT purposes? Do you own your own limbs? Joan and John Norton (Principal in Elspeth’s time at Cuth’s) were among the fascinated audience of Fellows, SCR members, students, and members of the wider Durham community. Over lunch next day the Nortons reminisced with Elspeth and Robert (Robert Talbot Rice, Philosophy and Politics 1987-1990) about Boat Club triumphs and other highlights of their years in Durham.

(5 Dec 2019)

50 Years of Women Students Celebrations in London

Cuth’s celebrates 50 Years of Women Students. 40 alumnae/i from 6 decades gathered together on 23rd November for an afternoon reception at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. The speakers were Peter Taylor (President 1969-70); Barbara Keen (née Brazier), who arrived in 1969; Sally Harrison and Patricia Gould from the mid-70s; and recent Presidents Megan Croll and Millie Tanner. Two other female Presidents were there (see below), as well as the Principal and Barbara Harrison, former Assistant Senior Tutor. Look out for more celebratory events coming up this year!

(27 Nov 2019)

Wednesday 19 February 2020


Epiphany Term:

International Formal: Wed 15th January 2020

Burns Night Formal: Wed 22nd January 2020

Dining in the Dark Formal: Wed 5th February 2020

Halfway Formal: Wed 12th February 2020

Feast of St Cuthbert (JCR Event): Friday 21st February 2020

Inter MCR Murder Mystery Formal: Wed 4th March 2020

St Cuthbert/NE/Co. Durham Formal: Wed 18th March 2020

Contact Details

St Cuthbert's Society
12 South Bailey
T - 0191 334 3400

St Cuthbert's Society
Brooks House
Old Elvet
T - 0191 334 6596