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University Calendar

Senate Membership

Ex officio Members

The Vice-Chancellor and Warden

Professor Christopher Higgins

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Ray Hudson

The five Pro-Vice-Chancellors

Professor Robin Coningham, Professor David Cowling (Interim), Professor Partick Hussey (Interim), Professor Tom McLeish, Professor Tom Ward

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Warden of Colleges

Professor Graham Towl

The Dean of the Graduate School

Professor Tim Clark

Heads of College

University College

Master: Professor David Held

Hatfield College

Master: Professor Tim Burt

St Mary's College

Principal: Professor Simon Hackett

St Aidan's College

Principal: Dr Susan Frenk

Grey College

Master: Professor Tom Allen

Van Mildert College

Principal: Professor David Harper

Trevelyan College

Principal: Professor Martyn Evans

Collingwood College

Principal: Professor Joe Elliott

College of St Hild and St Bede

Principal: Professor Adrian Darnell (Acting) (for Professor Christopher Hutchison)

St Chad's College

Principal: The Rev Dr Joe Cassidy

St John's College

Principal: The Rev Dr David Wilkinson

St Cuthbert's Society

Principal: Professor Elizabeth Archibald

Ustinov College

Principal: Professor Glenn McGregor

George Stephenson College

Principal: Professor John Ashworth

John Snow College

Principal: Professor Carolyn Summerbell

Josephine Butler College

Principal: Dr Jill Tidmarsh (Acting) (Mr Adrian Simpson will be on research leave AY 2013/14)



Heads of Departments (Chair of Boards of Studies)


Professor Helen Ball

Applied Social Sciences

Professor David Wall


Professor Chris Gerrard

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

appointment to be formally approved


Professor Robert Dixon


Professor John Evans

Classics & Ancient History

Professor Johannes Haubold

Earth Sciences

Professor Jon Gluyas


Professor Carl Bagley

Engineering and Computing Sciences

Professor Jon Trevelyan

English Studies

Professor Corinne Saunders


Professor Antony Long

Government and International Affairs

Professor Emma Murphy


Professor Steven Taylor


Professor Roger Masterman

Mathematical Sciences

Professor Anne Taormina

School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

Professor Pali Hungin

Modern Languages and Cultures

Dr Alexandra Harrington


Professor Julian Horton


Professor Robin Hendry


Professor Martin Ward


Professor Charles Heywood

Theology and Religion

Professor Alec Ryrie

The Librarian:

Mr Jon Purcell

The Director of University Information Technology:

Dr Carolyn Brown (Chief Information Officer)

Appointed Members

The President of Durham Students' Union:

Mr Daniel Slavin

Two further student representatives: (one of whom shall be a current Postgraduate student, appointed by the Durham Students' Union)

Miss Leigh Spanner (UG), Mr David Morris (PG)

Members appointed by the Academic Electoral Assembly:

Professor Catherine Alexander (2016) (13)

Professor Louise Amoore (2016) (13)

Professor Michael Bohlander (2016) (13)

Dr Simon Forrest (2014) (Vice-Chair AEA 2015*) (11)

Dr Rebecca Gowland (2014) (11)

Dr Mariann Hardey (2016) (13) 

Dr Jeremy Kendal (2015) (12)

Dr Andrew Millard (2014) (Chair AEA 2015*) (05)

Dr Sam Nolan (2015) (12)

Dr Thomas Renstrom (2014) (08)

Mrs Sharon Richardson (2015) (04)

Dr Marina Sawdon (2015) (12)

Dr Helen Stain (2014) (13)

Dr Peter Swift (2016) (13)

Dr Marek Szablewski (2014) (04)

Ms Laura Wilson (2015) (11)

Dr Dagou Zeze (2016) (10)

(* Subject to re-election)

No more than six co-opted members:

The Director of the English Language Centre

Professor Mike Davenport (2014)(10)

The Director of the Foundation Centre

Mrs Catherine Marshall (2014)(08)

Dean of Research (REF)

Professor Dave Petley (2014)(12)

Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Study

Professor Veronica Strang (2014)(12)

The Director of the Wolfson Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Professor Clare Bambra (2014)(12)

Secretary: University Secretary, Gayle Ditchburn