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Trevelyan College

Research at Trevelyan

Overview

Trevelyan College has put the pursuit of scholarship and research, and the development our postgraduate community, at the heart of the College’s current ten year Strategy, and the fruits of this development are becoming readily apparent – all of them reasons to choose Trevelyan as one’s scholarly home during postgraduate study.

Key research areas in College

Philosophy and medical humanities

The Principal, Professor Martyn Evans, is a philosopher working in the area of philosophy of medicine and the inter-disciplinary field of medical humanities. He is co-Director of the University’s Centre for Medical Humanities. His current work concerns philosophy of wonder, music and the body.

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Many individual members of Trevelyan Senior Common Room, including the Principal and the SCR President, work within the broad field of health-related research and are Fellows of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing. The Institute is based at Durham University’s Queen’s Campus Stockton, so Trevelyan provides a natural alternative venue for the Institute to hold events within the city of Durham.

Institute of Advanced Study

The all-Faculty Institute of Advanced Study facilitates cross-disciplinary research to which the Collegiate environment is ideally suited. Trevelyan welcomes a regular succession of IAS Fellows, working in a wide range of disciplines but always within the Institute’s current annual theme. During their residency, Fellows live in a dedicated suite within College; with additional newly refurbished senior accommodation, we are now able to grow and strengthen this connection.

Sir William Luce Fellowship

The Sir William Luce Fellowship in Middle Eastern Studies is available for one term each academic year and provides accommodation and meals free of charge. Appointment to the fellowship is made by the Sir William Luce Memorial Fund Committee. Full details are published by the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies here.

The Sir William Luce Fellowship attracts an honorarium of £1,000 together with certain travel expenses.

Please contact the Honorary Secretary of the Fund at luce.fund@durham.ac.uk for further information.

Introduction to postgraduate area within College

Regular events

These include research presentations and discussions among the postgraduate body, the Middle Common Room – some of them jointly with the Senior Common Room including the termly research buffets. There is an annual G M Trevelyan prize for the best research presentation. Postgraduates also have regular opportunities to visit Wallington House, the Northumbria family home of the Trevelyans (and now a National Trust property) where our MCR are involved in a number of on-going research and conservation activities.

Facilities

Postgraduate residential accommodation is concentrated in a designated ‘postgraduate centre’ in the heart of College; currently approximately 50 of our c180 postgraduates live there, with most of the remainder living in private sector accommodation. The College boasts a range of social and learning support facilities; the Mowlam Room (named after renowned alumna Mo Mowlam) is the recreational lounge for postgraduates and fourth-year undergraduate finalists, and MCR members also have the benefit of the College’s study spaces, two dedicated IT rooms and a number of wifi zones within the building. Social facilities include music rooms, television lounge, fitness suite and an excellent Bar in the centre of College, together with an on-site sports hall. Postgraduates are automatically associate members of the Senior Common Room and enjoy full access to the SCR Lounge.

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a number of scholarships and bursaries that are open to both postgraduates and undergraduates. These are open to postgraduates for purposes related to academic research (with the exception of the Senior Common Room travel bursaries which support personal development and charitable activities).

The Senior Common Room, research and the scholarly environment

As indicated above, the Senior Common Room engages enthusiastically with the MCR, holding regular joint research events. The many academics among the SCR membership, together with invited visitors including Visiting Fellows, provide a regular source of presentations of their own academic research. The SCR enjoys links with all academic departments, although periodically particularly close affinities emerge, such as the Dept of Chemistry and the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health.

Visiting Fellowship programmes

Trevelyan College Fellowship

Offered annually by the College, and held by a visiting scholar for one term to conduct her or his own research at Durham University, with full-board accommodation provided by the College. Research may be pursued in any field of study. Our 2013 Fellow is Professor Susan Hyatt, an anthropologist from Indiana University.

Sir William Luce Fellowship

The Sir William Luce Fellowship in Middle Eastern Studies is available for one term each academic year and provides accommodation and meals free of charge. Appointment to the fellowship is made by the Sir William Luce Memorial Fund Committee. Full details are published by the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies here.

The Sir William Luce Fellowship attracts an honorarium of £1,000 together with certain travel expenses.

Please contact the Honorary Secretary of the Fund at luce.fund@durham.ac.uk for further information.

Institute of Advanced Study Fellowships and COFUND Fellowships

These Fellowships, normally for one term, are awarded and administered at the Institute of Advanced Study but are residential in College. They are tenable in any discipline though IAS Fellowships are thematic, tied to the Institute’s programme of enquiry for any particular year. Our Epiphany Term 2013 Fellow is Professor Jerry Moore, an anthropological archaeologist and Professor of anthropology at California State University Dominguez Hills, California.

Lecture and seminar programmes

Lectures and seminars are regularly arranged in connection with the Visiting Fellowships described above.