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Durham University

University College

Who's who

Acting Master

Dr Richard Lawrie

Richard Lawrie is Acting Master of University College. Richard holds a PhD in History from Durham University. He is responsible for the overseeing student support within the College, admissions, and alumni relations. Students who wish to book an appointment to see a member of the student support team should contact or speak to the student support secretary.

Acting Vice-Master & Senior Tutor

Mr Andrew Tibbs

Andrew Tibbs is currently the Acting Vice-Master & Senior Tutor. Andrew has an undergraduate degree in politics, and is currently undertaking a PhD with the Department of Archaeology, where his research focuses on Roman military installations in Northern Britain. His role within College includes providing student support, oversight of admissions and allocations, and delivering development and careers advice.

Appointments to see a member of the student
support team can be made by emailing

Chaplain and Solway Fellow

Revd. Richard P. Whaite

Ric Whaite is the Chaplain and Solway Fellow of University College. He is happy to see any member of college or of the wider chapel community about any matter or problem (spiritual, personal, or practical) or just for a chat and a cup of tea. As well as providing pastoral and spiritual support within college, he can signpost on to other faith chaplains and societies across Durham University.

As Solway Fellow, Ric is working on a PhD in the Department of History.


Michelle Crawford

Michelle Crawford is the Bursar of University College. Michelle holds a BSc in Applied Accounting and is a registered member of the Institute of Hospitality. She previously worked at Marriott Hotels as Cluster Financial Controller for 15 years, followed by varying College Bursarial roles at Collingwood, Josephine Butler, St. Mary's and Trevelyan. She is responsible for the day-to-day non-academic operations of the College.

Student Support Administrator and College Secretary

Paula Furness

Paula Furness is the first point of contact in the student support team. Students should contact her ( if they wish to make an appointment with the Senior Tutor or other College Officers.

Telephone numbers:

0191 334 4099 (College Office, 9-5)
0191 334 4104 (College Secretary, 9-5)
0191 334 4119 (Bursar's Secretary, 9-5)
0191 334 3800 (Porter's Lodge, 24 hours)
Fax: 0191 334 3801

Full Contact List

Common Room Presidents

Senior Common Room President Dr Andreas Pantazatos
Middle Common Room President Jack Towers
Junior Common Room Senior Student Henry Beckley
College Officers : Dr Richard Lawrie Acting Master 42673
Mr Andrew Tibbs Acting Vice-Master & Senior Tutor [Mon - Thurs] 44461
Revd R. P. Whaite Chaplain 44116
Ms Michelle Crawford Bursar 44027 [07834 567757]
Mrs Donna Pudwell Operations Manager Castle 44115 Contact Donna Pudwell
Curator : Ms Gemma Lewis Deputy Curator 44139 Contact Gemma Lewis
Fellows: Dr Baris Ari Slater Fellow
Peter Bowcock Fellow
Prof. George Boys-Stones Fellow
Professor Thom Brooks Fellow
Hazel Donkin, PhD Fellow
Professor Anoush Ehteshami Fellow
Professor David Fuller Emeritus Fellow
Jens Funke Fellow
Dr Monica Hellstrom Fellow Contact Monica Hellstrom
Mr Nicholas Hoggard Junior Fellow
Dr Matteo Iannizzotto Fellow
Prof Ray Land Emeritus Fellow
Prof John O'Brien Emeritus Fellow john.o'
Dr Andreas Pantazatos Fellow
Prof Stefan Przyborski Fellow
Prof. P. J. Rhodes, FBA Emeritus Fellow
Jim Ridgway, PhD Emeritus Fellow
Professor Fiona Robertson Fellow
Professor Ari Sadanandom Fellow
Professor Corinne Saunders Fellow
Professor Robert Schütze Fellow
Dr Luke Sunderland Fellow
Professor Stephen Taylor Fellow
Dr Emily Thomas Fellow
Prof. J. David Thomas, FBA Emeritus Fellow
Prof Martin Ward Fellow
Administration Staff : Miss Paula Furness College Secretary & Student Support Administrator 44104
Mrs Linda Beighton Admissions & Student Support Secretary 44099
Ms Natalie Matias Sabbatical Alumni Relations & Development Officer 44102 Contact Natalie Matias
Mrs Elaine Bedford Finance Assistant [Secondment] 44114
Mrs Wendy Chambers Accommodation Co-Ordinator (B&B) 44106
Ms Janet Edwards Receptionist 43800 Contact Janet Edwards
Miss Alison E Howe Bursar's/Ops Secretary 44119
Ms Susan Quayle Finance Officer 44114 Contact Susan Quayle
Mr Neville Carman Operations / Services Coordinator 42674 Contact Neville Carman
Catering and Housekeeping : Mr Jamie Short Food & Beverage Service Manager 42358 Contact Jamie Short
Mr Daniel Nowell Head Chef 42678 Contact Daniel Nowell
Ms Ann Coult Housekeeper 44135

Contact Us

University College
The Castle
Palace Green

College Office: 0191 334 4099

Commerical Enquiries: 0191 334 2887