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Congratulations and Welcome to New Postgraduate Students

University student
Welcome to Josephine Butler College. We draw together people from the broadest range of backgrounds to form a vibrant community. Our emphasis on students, staff, alumni and friends working as one creates a fun and supportive atmosphere giving opportunities for everyone to engage with - and lead on - the breadth of activities which make up college life. Our Middle Common Room (MCR) provides an additional focus allowing our large postgraduate body to play a vital part in building that community.

Adrian Simpson
College Principal
University student
Hello and welcome to Butler! I'm Louise, a first year Psychology PhD student and this year's President of Butler MCR. The MCR is a student run organisation which exists to enhance your university experience by providing academic opportunities, welfare support and of course plenty of opportunities for socialising! We're led by a peer-elected exec committee which provides a great opportunity for you to get involved! I look forward to meeting you all soon!

Louise Hanson
MCR President

College Information

From 19 August we send weekly updates to all of our new students in our 'In Thurmation' communication.  If you are not receiving these, check we have an up to date email address for you by contacting

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Middle Common Room

The MCR is for postgraduates, mature students and 4th year undergraduates. We organise a range of social and academic activities throughout the year.
Students working in a group on laptops in the common room

Get in touch

Contact us by phone or email below to find out more about accommodation, admissions and student support.

Josephine Butler College

Durham University
South Road

Reception: +44 (0) 191 3347260