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Ustinov College

Welcome to new students

A Warm Welcome from our College Principal

Welcome to Ustinov College, Durham University’s sole postgraduate only College, comprising a community of scholars representing over 100 nationalities. Renamed in 2003 in honour of the actor and writer Sir Peter Ustinov, who was Chancellor of Durham University, Ustinov College was formerly known as the Graduate Society.

Our focus at Ustinov is to provide a safe, supportive, motivating and enjoyable collegiate environment that nurtures global citizenship and enables its members to grow intellectually and socially. Globally the College is recognised as a friendly and welcoming place that openly celebrates the strength arising from diversity, inter-disciplinarity and collegiality and applauds leadership, creativity, innovation, teamwork and excellence. At Ustinov I trust you will have a truly unique experience as an “Ustinovian” that will lay the basis for a life-long mutually rewarding relationship with the College, University and the people and communities of the “Northeast”.

On behalf of all staff at Ustinov I would like to extend to you a warm and hearty welcome. We look forward to meeting you at one of the many events organised as part of the College’s social and academic calendar during Induction.

Professor Glenn McGregor



If you have any queries about arriving in Durham or the information on these pages, please contact us:

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Kirstyn, GCR President

Welcome from the GCR President

Greetings from Ustinov College!

My name is Kirstyn Raitz and I’m the President of the Graduate Common Room (GCR) at Ustinov. Ustinov College is a wonderful place to live, work, and study. Students here say that their time at Ustinov was one of the most memorable periods of their life, and the work of the GCR helps create the vibrant, welcoming community that is Ustinov. There are many ways in which you can get involved with the GCR, and I invite you all to do so upon your arrival in October! But first, let me tell you a bit about ourselves.

The Ustinov College GCR is made up of postgraduate students whose primary aim is to represent Durham University’s postgraduate community. We are a registered charity consisting of two key elements: members and an elected committee. Members pay a small levy which is used to provide facilities, entertainment, experiences, equipment, funding, and, above all, memories!
The elected committee is made up of Ustinov students who volunteer their time to make Ustinov the community we are all proud to be a part of. Whether you are interested in representing international students, planning social events, managing GCR finances, or advocating for student welfare, there is a place for you on the GCR Committee! More information about the committee and how to get involved can be found on our website:

I am so excited to meet you all in October. We strongly encourage you all to attend the upcoming Induction Week events. Until then, you can follow us on all our social media platforms to see what is going on at Ustinov!

Kind regards,

Kirstyn Raitz

President, Ustinov College GCR

Connect with the Graduate Common Room


Twitter/Instagram: @UstinovGCR

Whatsapp: +44 7871 257749

Send the message “Update me!” to the number above to get instant notifications about GCR news, events, and updates!

Facebook group: Ustinov College 2016-2017

Facebook page: Ustinov College GCR

Peter Platypus – Ustinov College Mascot

Follow us on Twitter @UstinovCollege

Like us on Facebook for the latest news, images and stories

Experience Ustinov College: visit our YouTube channel

The Ustinovian online magazine, created by postgraduates of Ustinov College for Ustinovians everywhere.

Catch up with life at Ustinov and beyond with the latest issue of The Ustinovian! (Click here for the pdf)

Click on the brochure above to explore our Global Citizenship Programme & Scholarships, or click here for the pdf version.