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Durham University

St Cuthbert's Society

Welcome to St Cuthbert's Society

Congratulations and Welcome from the Principal

Welcome to St Cuthbert’s Society, and congratulations on getting a place at Durham University. I hope the years you spend in this diverse and lively community will be very stimulating and happy ones. They will certainly be enormously important in shaping the rest of your life – interests, skills, jobs, and friends. I’m sure that you will find everyone in Cuth’s very welcoming, not least the Freshers’ Reps, older students who will look after you in your first week here with a series of informative and entertaining activities. They are all members of the student body called the Junior Common Room (JCR), as you will be too.

The JCR supports and encourages a vast range of student societies and organizations in the college including many sports teams, a drama group, an art society, a choir, and a wonderful Big Band. Cuth’s also organizes many intellectual events open to all: interdisciplinary symposia, talks by our own students and staff on their scholarly research, and lectures by distinguished visitors. I am certain that you will find much here to enjoy, and much to learn. The College Officers, staff and welfare team will provide the support you need to make the most of your undergraduate years and to enjoy Durham to the full.

Elizabeth Archibald
Professor of English and Principal of St Cuthbert's Society

Welcome from the JCR President

I’m Elena and I’ve been elected to be your JCR President for the coming year. As president, I will be working full time to make sure things around Cuth’s run smoothly and trying to ensure that your experience at Cuth’s (and Durham) is the best it can be. This means my job can be broken down into 3 areas:

  • Managing and working with the executive committee to make sure you are supported and have access to opportunities, including sports and societies, committee positions, events, and volunteering opportunities.
  • Working in conjunction with the College as your representative to provide opportunities and support.
  • Representing your views on a university-wide scale. That means I’d genuinely love to hear your thoughts and feelings about what’s going on in the university so that I can do this job as effectively as possible.

Now, a little about me. I recently graduated with a degree in Anthropology, where I focused mostly on the medical side of things. Alongside that, I spent my 3 years getting very involved with the JCR; initially as an Outreach Committee member, then Outreach Chair, then Vice President. I’ve also been involved with pool, climbing, FRAMDA (our volunteering project), and a number of other Durham-wide volunteering projects. If any of that interests you, please do ask me any questions you have!

I’ll have some drop in sessions where you can come to my flat in House 8 and talk to me about whatever, but also feel free to email at, even if you just need me to direct you to someone else who can help you with something.

Elena Martin

JCR President 2019/20

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