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Ustinov College


Professor Maggie O'Neill at the GCR BBQ

Ustinov College - Diversity is Our Strength

A very warm welcome from myself and College Officers to Ustinov college, a unique college for postgraduate students from all over the world. The College community is made up of College Officers and their teams, the Graduate Common Room, and the Senior Common Room - most of whom are mentors at Ustinov and many are alumni of Durham who volunteer their time, energy and experience to contribute to our dynamic college community. As a member of Ustinov College you will find many opportunities to get involved in college life and have an excellent student experience. We hope that you will take advantage of the the opportunities offered by Ustinov and Durham to be the best that you can be.

Ustinov College is named after Sir Peter Ustinov, who was Chancellor of Durham University. Sir Peter was an renowned and award-winning actor, writer and dramatist, a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, a respected intellectual and diplomat, who also served as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and President of the World Federalist Movement. His approach to global citizenship underpins the College ethos and motto 'diversitate valemus'.

I look forward to meeting you when you start your programme. Maggie O'Neill, Principal Ustinov College

GCR President Adnan Balloch

Welcome from the GCR President

As the Ustinov GCR President, I would like to welcome you all on behalf of the GCR. My team and I have made a commitment to offer you an outstanding year of student life in Durham by delivering you wide range of entertainment, including cultural, formal, musical, sporting and other events. We will also represent your views/issues to the College and University during the academic year.

You will find that the Ustinov GCR is one of the most approachable student bodies in Durham University where we are continuously seeking ideas for our social events, new clubs and societies and areas to improve the common room facilities. We are also proud of our college community that takes in most diverse communities as compared to any other college and hold them closely knotted during the academic year and beyond. You can find the GCR website at

Induction Rep Alan May-Estebaranz

Welcome from your GCR Induction Reps

Hi I’m Alan, the incoming officer for Induction Week 2013. It is my responsibility to ensure that induction week is a smooth, yet enjoyable and memorable transition for incoming students to Ustinov College. It is my job to organise and prepare the events that take place during induction week and to provide a warm welcome to students arriving in College. No doubt after meeting you in your first few days I will get another chance to say hello later on when you are settled in Durham! Alan

Deputy Induction Officer Feifei Liu

I’m Feifei, from China. I’m currently a third year PhD student in law studying ‘Biofuels Legislation and Policy’. I’ve been in the college for three years, and I'm having a wonderful time here! Being Deputy of Induction Week Officer of Ustinov, I’m excited to plan some warm and fun welcome events with Alan, to let new people get the sense of our unique college culture once they come. I can often be found in Fisher House, especially in Induction Week, so feel free to come by and have a chat.

Induction & Welcome Programme

To help you settle in to Ustinov and to Durham, we've put together a comprehensive Induction & Welcome programme, starting from Wednesday 25th September to Saturday 5th October. Check the University Induction Planner to see what's happening across the university and the College Induction & Welcome Programme for information on events at Ustinov. Most events in college are at different times to departmental events (there may be some research student activities which overlap), so you will have lots of opportunties to meet new and current students, find out where everything is, and settle in to life at Ustinov. 

The College Induction & Welcome will be taking place on Monday 30th September at the Howlands Building, Howlands Farm. It is for all new members of College, livers in and out. Students who have attended the pre-sessional programme should also attend.

Welcome Pack

The Welcome Pack contains lots of really useful information about the Welcome & Induction Programme, Ustinov College and Durham University. Make sure you take some time to read it carefully. 

We hope you will enjoy your time at Durham and Ustinov, and look forward to meeting you when you arrive.


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