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Ustinov College

Student support team

Brenda Ryder, Student Support Officer

At Ustinov College, we provide dedicated pastoral and welfare support to our postgraduate students. This provision is designed to ensure that you get the most from your time at Durham, receive help when in difficulty, and are supported in your personal development through your studies and beyond. Here examples of issues the student support team is available to see you about:

  • Financial concerns
  • Health concerns and what to do if you are ill
  • Social and relationship issues
  • Academic issues
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Advice and help with childcare and schooling

All of these issues (as well as anything else life throws at you!) have the potential to affect your studies, so it is important that you receive the appropriate support available to you. We are here to help you solve any problems you may be facing, and will be equally happy to see you for a chat when all is well!

How to contact the Student Support Team

Our Student Support Officer Brenda Ryder works across the Sheraton Park and Howlands sites. You can make an appointent with her by email or telephone, or just drop in during office hours:

08:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Monday – Thursday: Sheraton House, Ustinov College, Sheraton Park (DH1 4FL).

Friday: Fisher House, Ustinov College, Howlands Farm (DH1 3DE).


Telephone: 0191 334 72 35

The student support email is always monitored during office hours. If Brenda is out of the office, Lynsey Finnemore, Sheila Seal or Megan Rimmer can offer support or signposting – email as above. Click here for details if you need to contact College out of office hours.

“As an international student I love college life and the support system that Ustinov offers postgraduate students. I met wonderful people who provided help and support when I found myself in a difficult situation.”

Enas Bubtana (PhD Archaeology)