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Durham University

St Cuthbert's Society

St Cuthbert's Society


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Welcome to St Cuthbert's Society

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing, rapidly changing situation regarding the COVID-19 virus please see the University's designated page for current information:

Just a reminder to all current students that college student support remains available to all students.

If you need help and advice please email 📧
We will arrange a telephone appointment or video call for you. No problem is too small, please get in touch. 💚

Also a reminder that Durham University remains fully committed to providing wellbeing support and advice to students both in Durham and elsewhere during this challenging time. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for a number of student support related topics may prove useful during this period. There are a number of resources identified and a range of helpful information provided that will be of relevance to many students. There are also some FAQs that may be of particular relevance to international students remaining in Durham.

These FAQs will be expanded over the coming days and weeks, and will be updated as and when required.

You can find the student support and wellbeing related FAQs at:…/studentsupportdirect/…/


Cuth's News

Enterprise Challenge

Congratulations to Cuth's students who took part in the 'Game Changer Virtual Sprint', winning monetary prizes:

Game Changer Virtual Sprint2 day challenge designed to put Durham University students at the forefront of innovation and champion sustainability around the world. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and use Design Thinking methods to find innovative solutions. In teams students had to explore the question: How Might We Encourage Global Consumers to Waste Less Food?

 Philippa Stephenson – 1st place alongside her team with their idea of a household waste app with educational elements to change consumer behaviour

 Gavin Chan – 2nd place alongside his team with their idea of using food that doesn't fit the standard of 'perfect produce' to be used in ready-made meals, donated to food banks, or school dinners with the help of 3D printing.

 Lucia Dunn-Flores – Joint 3rd place alongside her team for their idea a household bin with camera and scale technology to track how much waste you produce.


(5 Nov 2020)

Professor Roy Boyne

Roy Boyne, Principal 2003-8, passed away on Thursday 22nd October 2020. 

After taking his PhD in Modern French Thought at Leeds in 1981, he taught at Strathclyde, Newcastle Polytechnic, Northumbria and Teesside before joining Durham University in 1996. Roy taught in the Department of Sociology where he did innovative work around risk, surveillance and culture. He held the post of Vice-Provost at the University’s Queen’s Campus at Stockton until 2003, and was active in the Tees Valley community.

 In 2003 Roy became Principal of St Cuthbert’s Society, where he remained until 2008. Among many contributions to Cuth’s, he oversaw the building of Brooks House and the renaming of Refounders House at the newly acquired Parson’s Field site; he established the status of Fellow for distinguished SCR members and visitors, and initiated the annual series of public Fellows’ Lectures; and he fought successfully for the preservation of the historic name of Society rather than College. He and his wife Nicola entertained and encouraged generations of Cuth’s students and alumni; he will be much missed and affectionately remembered by them and by SCR members and college staff.

After stepping down from Cuth’s Roy continued to research and teach within the Department of Sociology, leading the Economy and Society research group, until his retirement in 2011. A major figure in the field of Social Theory, he published three books – Foucault and Derrida (1990), Subject, Society and Culture (2000) and Risk (2003) – as well as a wealth of chapters and journal articles. He was for many years both a key contributor to and a member of the editorial board of Theory, Culture and Society.

Funeral arrangements are private, but the family would welcome donations to any charity in Roy’s memory.

(26 Oct 2020)


A guide to surviving university: congratulations to Cuth’s student Jack Edwards, who graduated with a first-class English degree this summer, and has now published a book to help other students. The Uni-Verse: The Ultimate University Survival Guide came out from Harper-Collins in August. Jack’s Youtube videos about life in Durham and at Cuth’s are hugely popular; many freshers told us they came to Durham because of him.


(16 Sep 2020)

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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