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Durham University

St Mary's College

Research and Fellowships


St Mary’s College facilitates research-related activities in various ways:

  • hosting visiting fellows from wide-ranging academic disciplines from the UK and overseas
  • encouraging Members of College to undertake research in the college context and share their projects and publications
  • promoting seminars and events for both undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • embed research centre and institute activities in the College

Key Research Areas in College

Theology and Religion

Professor Maggi Dawn, Principal of the College and Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion. Professor Dawn is an ordained priest in the Church of England, an accredited pastoral supervisor with APSE (Association of Pastoral Supervisors & Educators), an associate writer member of PRS for Music, and a member of the Society for the Study of Theology (UK).

The Zurbarán Centre

The Zurbarán Centre is a research centre devoted to the study of Spanish and Latin American Art and the disciplinary areas that facilitate their study, comprehension and dissemination. It is the result of a partnership between Durham University and The Auckland Project at Bishop Auckland, and was made possible thanks to a generous donation by Santander Universities. Its name is inspired by the remarkable series of paintings by Francisco de Zurbarán Jacob and his Twelve Sons, housed in Auckland Castle, the seat of the Prince Bishops of Durham since the twelfth century.

St Mary’s welcomes Zurbaran Fellows on a regular basis, working in a wide range of disciplines whilst living in College as part of its community.

Institute of Advanced Study

The Institute of Advanced Study facilitates inter-disciplinary research to which the Collegiate environment is ideally suited. St Mary’s welcomes IAS Fellows on a regular basis, working in a wide range of disciplines.