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St Cuthbert's Society

 St Cuthbert's Society

Cuth's Week!

Cuth's Week kicks off this Sunday 10th June with the Principal's Summer Garden Party and runs through to the finale of Cuth's Day on Saturday 16th June. There are lots of exciting things going on during the week, which celebrates the talent and diversity of the Cuth's community. Make sure you check out the Cuth's Bake Off, the Cuth's Week Concert featuring the Choir and Cuth's Big Band, talks from members of the SCR, and the annual JCR vs SCR cricket match.

A full timetable of events is available below.

Don't forget that the deadline for booking on the trip to Beamish Museum on Monday 11th June is Friday 8th June. Contact reception to book your place.

For any queries, please get in touch with


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.

St Cuthbert's Society College Handbooks.

The College Handbooks (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) for 2017-18 contain important information for all members of Cuth's, including University regulations. If you require this in a different format, please contact the College Office using You can download them here;


IAS Fellow's Lecture: Dr Kathryn Yusoff

6th November 2017, 18:00, Dining Hall

Cuth's is hosting Dr Kathryn Yusoff from Queen Mary University of London during her stay at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Durham. Dr Yusoff will deliver a lecture entitled "Geosocial Strata" and all are welcome to attend.

The Anthropocene is the name given to the massive destratification of the planet (of the earth’s sub-surface, oceans, atmospheres, polar regions etc.). As a new geologic epoch, it prompts analysis of the relations between geologic forces and social practices. Awareness of how social worlds are an effect of and affect geology, rather than a world that is constituted through ‘our’ making (i.e. purely social), suggests an arrangement of power that is complicated by geologic relations. Identifying geologic force as a new regime of power in planetary politics brings the structures of exchange between geologic strata and social worlds into view. If power, according to Foucault, is a relation between forces, “geosocial strata” conceptualizes how stratifications organize and capture forces into political geology. This paper develops a concept of geosocial strata to examine the expression of social forms as a product of geologic forces in the Anthropocene. Geosocial strata, it is argued, are planes of social reproduction that both constrain and enable possible modes of expression (and thus political freedom).

Contact Details

St Cuthbert's Society
12 South Bailey
T - 0191 3343400
F - 0191 3343401

St Cuthbert's Society
Brooks House
Old Elvet
T - 0191 3346596

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