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Stephenson College

About Stephenson

Stephenson College has been a Queen's Campus College since 2001. In 2018 it moves to Howlands farm, part of the Durham City Campus.

“May we offer you a very warm welcome to Stephenson College. Stephenson College is one of the newest of Durham University's Colleges and was founded in September 2001 at Queen's Campus.

On joining the University, all students become members of a College. The College system contributes significantly to what we call the 'Durham Difference' and the College provides a structure within which learning and personal development can flourish. We all like to belong to something that is bigger than us yet is not so large that we have no control over it; the College is like a large family and our students are the focus of our family. By providing support to help navigate the University system, the College enables its members to fulfil their personal and academic potential. College staff complement the academic work of the Departments. If in need of help, for whatever reason, students can speak with staff who will listen and, as appropriate, offer help and advice. The undergraduate student body of the College is called the Junior common Room (JCR) and the postgraduate student body is called the Middle Common Room (MCR). Their representatives and Executive Committee organises numerous social, sporting, charity and creative activities. Through participation in the Common Rooms students gain more from their undergraduate years and help shape Stephenson College.

We encourage our students to take advantage of all that the College has to offer, to join in College activities and to use the College to get the most out of student life.”

Professor John Ashworth, Principal & Dr Jill Tidmarsh, Vice-Principal

Our Communities

Junior, Middle and Senior Common Rooms (JCR, MCR and SCR) are the elected bodies which represent our communities within the College. Common Rooms frequently work together to organise events and activities open to all students. The SCR is the society for the senior members of the College (College Mentors, College Staff, other University Staff, local Alumni and local community).