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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 Saskia, and I’m Cuth’s JCR President for 2020/21. My job is essentially to ensure all students at Cuth’s are getting the best out of their time here. Therefore it covers areas as varied as:

  • Working with the elected executive committee to run Cuth’s welfare, sports and societies, events, elections, finances and facilities
  • Representing your voice to the wider university and student’s union
  • Working with college to ensure we are cooperating in all relevant areas and providing you with everything you need!

My job is fundamentally responsive, and is intended to be very much on the ground. I was previously a Cuth’s student, graduating in the summer of 2020 with a degree in History, so I have experienced student life at Cuth’s and Durham more generally. It’s really important to me that I am in constant communication with the students here to make sure I’m doing the best I can for them.

I’m reachable at, or you can come and see me in House 8- just email to find a time, or keep an eye out for drop-in times that will be posted. You can come and see me or email about any issue you’re having or discussion you need relating to Cuth’s or the wider university, and I’ll do my best to help.

Saskia Wootton-Cane

JCR President 2020/21