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Our Values

"As Principal, I am proud that South can combine the best of the University's traditions with all the advantages of modernity. Our College crest and motto advertise that combination. The motto is the Latin "Libertas, Aequalitas, Civitas Totius Mundi', in English "Freedom, Equality and Global Citizenship". Freedom describes South College's dedication to freedom of thought, speech and debate. Equality stresses our commitment to inclusion and diversity. Global citizenship emphasises our determination to welcome students and staff from all over the world and concern for the future of our planet. A smaller version of the emblem to be used across the site.

Like the crest that accompanies it, the College motto was designed in partnership with South College's first students, the South College scholars who have transferred from other Durham University Colleges to help build our warm, welcoming and inspiring new community. 

Our crest includes the Torch of Liberty, St Cuthbert's Cross and an owl. The torch lights the way to freedom and enlightenment. It represents our support for the free exchange of ideas and individual liberty. St Cuthbert is the North of England's best-loved saint. His cross is a widely admired symbol of Durham University. It expresses South College's pride in the historic University and county of which it is part. Owls live in the woods near College and the owl in our logo will make a popular and distinctive College mascot. Owls also represent wisdom - which we hope both students and staff at South College will display. 

South College's wonderful new buildings and grounds at Mount Oswald are ready to be brought to life. My colleagues and I cannot wait to welcome our first new students in September. Our new motto and crest will be proudly displayed at the entrance to the College and on the wall of the Pitcairn Building, home to our cafe/bar, student common rooms and my office. Students will be able to display them on sweatshirts and T-shirts. Now, all we need is a statue of an owl and owl costumes for student leaders to wear while welcoming the new arrivals to their wonderful new home." 

Professor Tim Luckhurst MA, FRSA 
Principal South College