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Durham University

St John's College

Senior Tutor's Office and student support staff

What we are here for

Our overall aim is to promote wellbeing and an inclusive environment for all students of St John’s College. Particularly, we seek to:

  • Work together with students to offer services and help create a great student experience
  • Provide support, advice and signposting to students during times of need
  • Enable our students to become independent, mature learners who learn to take responsibility for their own development, health and wellbeing
  • Assist our students to overcome obstacles to their academic progress and build their capacity for navigating future challenges in life.

If you wish to see someone in our team, contact us by phone or email (see right hand bar) or come and see Martin in the main College building, one floor up from reception.

Meet our team

Dr Rebecca Bouveng

Senior Tutor (on leave)


Tel: 0191 334 4892


As Senior Tutor, Rebecca’s role is to foster a stimulating College environment for academic, cultural and social engagement, to promote student wellbeing and personal development, and ensure the efficient administration of undergraduate and postgraduate matters. Rebecca is the primary contact for postgraduate support matters.


Rebecca originally came to Durham from Sweden as an undergraduate at St John’s College, to study for a BA in Russian and Politics. Her PhD studies, also at Durham, explored the role of messianism in Russian statecraft and identity. Throughout her studies she was engaged in community development, working with asylum seekers and refugees, and children and young people in the North East, and also worked part time in healthcare. After her PhD studies Rebecca worked in the private sector, before returning to academia as a postdoctoral researcher. 2013-2017 Rebecca was part of the management team of the postgraduate only Ustinov College, Durham University, with responsibility development of the the Ustinov Global Citizenship Programme.

Rebecca joined St John’s College as Senior Tutor in December 2017. She is also Durham University’s Academic Liaison for Global Citizenship and works with students and staff across the Matariki Network of Universities to develop the Matariki Global Citizenship Programme.

Student Support and Admissions Administrator

Martin Gibson


Martin is the first point of contact for student support, accommodation and admissions queries, coordinates the College's events calendar, and manages administration for the Senior Tutor’s Office.


Originally from Houghton le Spring, a few miles north east of Durham, Martin has lived in the North East his entire life. Prior to working at Johns College, Martin was a civil servant for almost 25 years. His interests include spending time with his family, cycling (he cycle raced for almost 30 years), hill walking and reading.

Dr Becca Hasler

Acting Senior Tutor


Telephone: 0191 334 3892


As Senior Tutor, Becca’s role is to foster a stimulating College environment for academic, cultural and social engagement, to promote student wellbeing and personal development, and ensure the efficient administration of undergraduate and postgraduate matters. Becca is the primary contact for postgraduate support matters.


Becca first came to Durham as a student in 2010, where she studied English Literature at Trevelyan College and then Ustinov College. Since then, she has completed a PhD at the University of St Andrews before moving back to the Durham area. In her free time, Becca is an avid reader, and enjoys visiting the theatre, yoga, and singing in choirs. She is passionate about working with students to offer pastoral support and to help to provide the best possible university experience.

Jasmine Baker-Sones

Assistant Senior Tutor


Telephone: 0191 334 3881


As Assistant Senior Tutor, Jasmine is the main point of contact for undergraduate student support matters, student development and College pastoral tutors. She can provide support and guidance, and signpost you to the most appropriate services as required. If you need advice about any academic, personal, financial or other matters, she is available to meet with you.


Jasmine started working in Durham University in 2014, joining the Department of History as Undergraduate Co-ordinator. This role gave her a passion for student support and the wider student experience and she is excited to be working within the college environment. She graduated in 2012 from Northumbria University with a BA in History. Following her degree she did a fundraising internship with Macmillan Cancer Support and worked in customer support in the private sector. In her spare time she is a keen reader and documentary watcher, and loves spending time with friends, family and her two rescue cats.

Jane Ghosh

Assistant Librarian


Tel. 0191 334 3891

Office hours: 9am - 2pm weekdays


Jane looks after our College Library so that the books are kept in subject number order on the shelves, the library is kept quiet for personal study and new books are added to stock regularly. If you need any help with using our College Library please see Jane in the library office or contact her by email.


Before working at St. John’s College Jane worked for some years at Durham University Library. She enjoys reading detective fiction and collects teddy bears.

Revd Anna Brooker



Tel: 0191 378 0578


Anna serves as College Chaplain alongside her role as Vicar of St Brandon’s, Brancepeth, just outside Durham city and the home of the Durham University Bell ringers. In College Anna facilitates the weekly College Communion Service and Evensong, with its sixteen choral scholars. She offers pastoral support to both staff and students, working across all the different Common Rooms. Anna loves to enable people to explore and discern their vocations, and hopes to take a lead on the University Vocations Group.

Anna’s work is diverse and varied, responding to the needs of the community form day to day. She enjoys being at St John’s and the opportunities to take part in College events, sports, formal dinners, helping people explore faith, and leading the annual staff and post-graduate retreat to Lindisfarne.

She is most often in College on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and generally available on a drop-in basis between 3pm and 4pm on Tuesdays.


Anna studied English Literature at York before training as a Primary teacher and working in West London, where she also met Nick, married, and with him brought up their three children. She trained for ordination at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, was ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral and worked in parishes in West London for twelve years before moving to Durham in 2015. Anna was part of the East Durham Mission Project for four years, which involved leading three churches in former mining communities, working closely with church members, colleagues and ordinands on placement, and being a part-time tutor for Cranmer Hall.

Resident Tutors

The Resident Tutors are Dani, Enya, Susan and Matt, pictured. They live in College and are the first port of call to deal with emergencies at night.

Miro is the Postgraduate & International Tutor.

Contact us

Senior Tutor's Office

St John's College 
3 South Bailey 

Office hours: 8:3012:30, 13:3016:30

T: 0191 334 3842

Student support and wellbeing: 


College enquiries, admissions and accommodation:

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