As the College Principal, my role is to collaboratively cultivate a robust learning community focused on learning, engagement, success and belonging. To that end, I work with the dedicated leaders of the JCR, MCR and SCR, the hardworking College staff, and our cherished alumni and friends. Our Castle community is composed of members from far and wide, from privileged and marginalized backgrounds, and holding fast to a beautiful array of beliefs, values, abilities and identities. Together, we explore, take risks, listen, laugh, ask questions, make mistakes, and learn as we engage this stage of life’s journey with one another. It is my profound honour to lead, learn and grow with each member of this community.
As part of the College Management Team at Castle, Jamie works closely to support the Principal with the strategic development of the College community including student enrichment and wider student opportunities. He works with student leaders to support the vital work of the common rooms, and oversees Student Support provision at the College, alongside the Assistant Principal and members of College Office.
Dr Ellen Crabtree (she/her)
Ellen is currently on parental leave and will return January 2023.
As Assistant Principal, David is the College’s team lead for Student Support, working closely with the Vice Principal, Student Support Officer and Chaplain. The Student Support Team is here to provide advice and guidance to students who are experiencing any issues which impact their studies or their wellbeing, and liaise directly with academic departments and central University support services, including Disability Support and the Counselling Service.
David also oversees the College’s accommodation processes and supports the Vice-Principal and Principal in developing our student development and enrichment opportunities.
In addition to his College role, David is an Honorary Member of the Department of History, and continues a limited amount of undergraduate teaching in eighteenth and nineteenth century South Asian history.
The Chaplain leads in the provision of pastoral, spiritual and religious support to all members of the College community: all staff and students of all faiths and beliefs, and those with none. Stephanie enjoys fostering inter-faith dialogue and relationships, organising occasions to learn about each other's faiths and to give space for various religious celebrations. As Chaplain, Stephanie oversees services in our chapels, as well as their use for quiet meditation, drawing meditation, rehearsals, concert, theatre, and other creative initiatives, working closely especially with students. She is particularly passionate about celebrating the diversity of our community. In addition to the ministerial and pastoral responsibilities, Stephanie holds the Solway Fellowship, which was established in 1938 by Miss UM Davis in memory of the late J Roland Davis MA with the remit ‘to promote the study of Christianity generally, especially in the context of modern social conditions’. Stephanie particularly focuses her research on theology and the arts.
The focus of Julia’s role is to build lasting and philanthropic relationships with University College’s alumni, friends and the broader Durham community. Julia is working very closely with the Principal and College Officers to ensure that alumni are informed about the College’s work and that, if they would wish, they feel empowered to make a tangible difference to our community. Generously funded by the University College Durham Trust, she will also assist with the Trust’s efforts to preserve and enhance the fabric of the College and to support University College students through bursaries, career advice and other activities which will enhance their University experience. Julia joined University College after several years at the University of London and Hatfield College, Durham University.
Paula works closely with the Assistant Principal to provide a proactive focused programme of student support and welfare provision to ensure that students obtain the most from their time at Durham including providing guidance to our student community in managing their personal well-being during their University experience. Paula also oversees the Colleges Scholarship, hardship and bursaries award processes.
Operations are responsible for housekeeping and portering throughout College. We also help co-ordinate events and student bookings of event and meeting spaces once these begin to become available again. In the meantime we also co-ordinate Social Protection and will be happy to help with any queries or concerns in this regards, too.
We have a fantastic team of housekeepers, porters and catering staff who do a brilliant job to support the college community and keep everyone safe.
Jamie takes care of Catering, Bar, Cafe and Events; including private events, Balls etc. If anyone has questions regarding these, or about special diets, employment on the Bar/Café or how we have made our Catering COVID safe, please get in touch.
Gemma Lewis (she/her)
Curator of Durham Castle and Museum of Archaeology
Gemma is responsible for Durham Castle Museum and involved with caring for and protecting of the historic fabric. She is also involved with public access to Durham Castle, the Durham Castle Tours, and some student events and activities.
Linda is the first point of contact for all stakeholders including students, staff and departments. Linda oversees the Colleges admissions process and provides administration support to the College Student support team, Linda also supports with the welcoming and registering of new students, visiting fellows throughout the academic year.
As College Co-ordinator Val supports the Vice-Principal and Principal in the effective administration of the College, working alongside other staff in the College Office. She also has responsibility in overseeing College communications both internal and external within the College Community.
As College Co-ordinator Tracy supports the Vice-Principal and Alumni and Development Manager in the effective administration of College events and reunions. She also has responsibility for overseeing and administering the College calendar.