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Durham University

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

Martyn Evans is Principal of Trevelyan College, and Professor of Philosophy of Music in the Department of Music; he is also an associate member of the Department of Philosophy. He is a member of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture. He joined Durham University in July 2002 as Principal of John Snow College, at the Queen's Campus, Stockton, having previously taught at the University of Wales. His doctoral research (University College Cardiff, now Cardiff University) was published as Listening to Music by Macmillan (1990). His research for a long period concerned medical humanities, in the course of which he led the successful bid for a £2m strategic award from the Wellcome Trust (2008-2014), and he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2005 and of the Royal College of Physicians (2015). Increasingly however his research returned to music in relation to embodiment and to the sense of wonder. His current research is in the area of music and metaphysics – our understanding of ourselves and our experience, and where music stands in relation to this.

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.

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.