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University College

Who's who

Master of University College

Professor David Held

David Held is Master of University College, and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Durham University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Co-Director of the Global Policy Institute, Durham University, and is author of more than 60 written or edited books and of an extensive number of academic articles on democracy, democratsation, globalisation, global governance and global policy – over a 25-year period. David has overall responsibility for the management of the College.

Vice-Master and Senior Tutor

Dr Richard Lawrie

Richard Lawrie is Vice-Master and Senior Tutor 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.


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.

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.

Assistant Senior Tutor

Dr Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw is Assistant Senior Tutor of University College, and Research Officer in the Global Policy Institute. Mark holds a PhD in Politics from Durham University. He is part of the student support team and is happy to see students regarding any academic, personal, or other matter. Mark leads the College's academic programme, including the Durham Castle Lecture Series and the College's contribution to the Durham Award. Students wishing to make an appointment to see Mark shoud contact, or speak to the student support secretary.

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.

Common Room Presidents

Senior Common Room President Prof. Corrine Saunders
Middle Common Room President Jack Towers
Junior Common Room Senior Student Henry Beckley

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

Miss Rachel Jackson

Finance Assistant of University College
Finance Assistant (University College) - on maternity leave in the Finance Department

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Contact Us

University College
The Castle
Palace Green

College Office: 0191 334 4099

Commerical Enquiries: 0191 334 2887