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Thomas Allen - Master

I've been Master of the College since 2011, but I started working atMaster of Grey College, Tom Allen standing with the College Phoenix Mascot Durham in 1991 as a teaching fellow and research assistant in the Durham Law School. I spent a few years at Newcastle and Leeds, but the rest of the time has been at Durham, where I eventually became a professor and head of school. I am still active in the Durham Law School, with some teaching and research on different aspects of property law. As Master of Grey, I have overall responsibility for College. I work closely with the College officers (Peter Swift and Judith Barbaro-Brown) and the Common Rooms to make sure that things run smoothly and to plan our strategy for the future. Durham University recruits remarkably able students. They should aspire to be leaders in whatever they choose to do in life. In the College, we try to make this possible, by making sure that they have a supportive environment for their academic study and opportunities outside the classroom to work with others and develop the confidence and skills of a leader. Outside work, I am a regular but not particularly fast runner. My big goal in life is to reach the 70% age grade at the local parkrun. I've come close a few times, but I'm not quite there.


Peter Swift - Vice Master

Peter Swift studied Mathematics and Physics here at Grey College, beforeHeadshot of Peter Swift sitting at an organ completing a PhD with Prof. Martyn Chamberlain, a former Master of the College. Following various research and teaching posts within the University, Peter has been Vice-Master of Grey College since 2014. He combines with the post of Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the Department of Physics with a particular interest in Physics Education and Pedagogy.

As Vice-Master, Peter is responsible for Student Experience at Grey College, in the broadest sense. He has developed and has oversight of the Opportunities programme, whilst also taking the lead on the college’s provision for Postgraduate Students. Through these activities he hopes to ensure that students at Grey College get the broadest possible education whilst here, to broaden and enhance their degree studies. Peter also sits ex officio on the College Trust and undertakes alumni relations, as well as acting as Treasurer for the Senior Common Room (SCR).

Outside of work, Peter is a keen cricketer, playing for Durham City, captaining their second team, and the University staff team: he much enjoys playing for the staff in the student league. He is also a church organist and choral singer.


Judith Barbaro-Brown - Assistant Master

I started in the role of Assistant Master at Grey College at the beginning ofHeadshot of Grey College's Assistant Master, Judith February and I’m very happy to have joined the Grey family.

I originally worked clinically in the NHS before moving into education, and have lectured in FE/HE since 1996. I first worked at Durham University in 2007, based at Queen’s Campus lecturing on the Medicine programme, and in 2015 I moved down to York St John to lead the Health CPD team, before coming back to Durham at the International Study Centre as Head of Curriculum and Progression.  I then helped with the setting up of the new medical school in Sunderland before coming to Grey. I’m also an alumnus of Cardiff University as well as Durham University from my PG studies and have specific interests in student support and wellbeing, student transition to university, and academic self-concept.

I am from Durham City originally, living just outside the city with my family as well as multiple dogs and cats. I enjoy cooking and baking, eating chocolate, Argentine tango, collecting shoes, going to the theatre and cinema, and travelling - my favourite destination being the Alhambra in Granada. 

As Assistant Master my role is to work with the student support team overseeing day-to-day student support and wellbeing.



Rev Gavin Wort - Chaplain

Kellie Stephenson - College Administration Coordinator

Vacant - Student Support Administrator

Peter Dunn - College Operations Manager

David Matthews - College Operations Team Leader

Glenda Reed - Receptionist

Nicola Gittins - Food and Beverages Services Manager

Bryan Huitson - Head Chef