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Ustinov College

College Mentors

All new members of Ustinov College have the opportunity to opt in to having a College Mentor, to help them settle in to postgraduate life at Durham, and as an extra source of pastoral support. A College Mentor is an extra resource available to you. Many of our Mentors have worked at the University for a long time and are able to help you with any questions you may have or can point you in the right direction. They provide pastoral support and can help you to settle into life in Durham and also to make friends. They organise social events and will invite you along to dinners in which you will have the opportunity to meet other College Mentors and their mentees.

Find out more about our Mentors this year, or have a look at some of our Mentor Events

Mentors are encouraged to organise events with their Mentees, in the past these have included: taking mentees out for coffee or dinner, visiting museums or other places of interest, organising a pizza and film night and cooking Sunday lunch for their mentees. On top of these self-organised events, our Mentor Activity Programme offers a number of events organised by the College: each mentor has the opportunity to bring mentees along to college-organised trips, café nights, and buffet dinners.

Mentor dinners are held in the Howland’s Building. The dinner is free of charge and is a great opportunity to get together with mentees. Previous trips have included: Alnwick Gardens, Beamish Open Museum, Whitby, Keswick and football matches to the Stadium of Light.

Finally, Mentors are strongly encouraged to attend and to highlight our College Project events to their mentees. The Ustinov College environment enables students from across different departments to meet and engage in interdisciplinary dialogue both informally and through lectures, seminars and other events held in College. The events provide an excellent opportunity to socialise with your mentees and to engage them in topics of interest, over free refreshments.

If you would like to opt into the Mentor programme, please contact Catherine Hardy, Membership Secretary (Admissions)


“I feel so blessed that I've made the right decision by choosing to opt in joining this wonderful mentoring scheme when I first came to Durham university in 2014. I've always felt warmly welcomed within this mentoring system as an international student, and thanks to this system, I've felt great attachment and connections to the college though being a student living outside which sometimes can be a disadvantage. I am actually in the mentoring group of Lourdes Watts. She's just been amazing, always being hospitable and friendly to me/us by inviting us to her home for meals, to some social events such as Christmas Carols and Miner's Gala.”

Shasha Wang, PhD Modern Languages & Cultures 2014-15

'Good Music, Good Friends'