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St Cuthbert's Society


St Cuthbert’s is a large multi-disciplinary scholarly community of 1200 students: over 200 of these are postgraduates, many from overseas. The Senior Common Room (SCR) has over 200 members from university departments and also from the professional world and the local community, including alumni; their work and interests span a very wide range, including archaeology, modern languages, Old Norse, mathematics, astronomy, psychology, education, business, policing and prisons. As part of the University’s Research Strategy, colleges play an increasing role in the support of research activities and in linking research with education. The Principal, Elizabeth Archibald, is also a Professor in the Department of English Studies. She is responsible for the development of research activities in the college, with the support from the Deputy Principal, the SCR Committee and the Postgraduate Representative of the JCR.

The Principal

Professor Elizabeth Archibald is a medievalist who works both on comparative literature and on social and cultural history; her current project is on baths and bathing in the Middle Ages. She has published widely on the Arthurian legend, and is President of the British Branch of the International Arthurian Society. She is a member of the University’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Centre for Medical Humanities, and the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, and is working with them on research events at Cuth’s also open to the wider university community.

Institute of Advanced Study

Each year, Cuth’s hosts a visiting Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, who lives in the college and engages both formally and informally in our research activities. This year, our IAS Fellow is Professor Massimo Leone, who is Professor of Semiotics, Cultural Semiotics, and Visual Semiotics at the University of Turin, and is Director of the MA Program in Communication Studies. His work deals with visual embodiments of religion and law and he is particularly interested in comparative research about the visual imaginary of equity and justice. Professor Leone's IAS Fellow's Public Lecture will be taking place on the 3rd November 2016, from 17:30 to 18:30, in the Dining Hall in 12 South Bailey. For more information and details of the talk, please see here.

Postgraduate Research Fora

The JCR Postgraduate Committee organises regular research talks by current postgraduates and members of the SCR throughout the year. These talks are an ideal opportunity for Cuth's postgraduates to present their current research in an informal and relaxed setting, and this opportunity has often been extended to undergraduate finalists.The research fora are open to all members of St. Cuthbert's Society and past topics have included King Arthur, Molière, galaxy formation, string theory, Austrian novels, philosophy of science, plant science, and landslides.These informal sessions allow research students to practice presenting their projects to non-specialists; students discover what SCR members work on; undergraduates gain a better understanding of what research involves; and the whole community benefits from interdisciplinary discussion.