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Welcome to Ustinov

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Welcome to Ustinov College, Durham University’s sole postgraduate-only College, comprising a community of  scholars representing over 100 nationalities.

Renamed in 2003 in honour of the actor and writer Sir Peter Ustinov, who was Chancellor of Durham University,  Ustinov College was formerly known as the Graduate Society.

Our focus at Ustinov College is to provide a safe, supportive, motivating and enjoyable collegiate environment  that nurtures global citizenship and enables its members to grow intellectually and socially. Globally the College  is recognised as a friendly and welcoming place that openly celebrates the strength arising from diversity, inter-  disciplinarity and collegiality and applauds leadership, creativity, innovation, teamwork and excellence.

At Ustinov I trust you will have a truly unique experience as a ‘Ustinovian’ that will lay the basis for a life-long  mutually rewarding relationship with the College, University and the people and communities of the North East  of England.

On behalf of all staff at Ustinov I would like to extend a warm and hearty welcome. We look forward to meeting  you at one of the many events organised as part of the College’s social and academic calendar.

Professor Glenn McGregor (Principal, Ustinov College)

Recent College Communications


If you have any queries about arriving in Durham or the information on these pages, please contact us:


College Reception

College Admissions

College Accommodation


University student
Welcome to Durham from Ustinov GCR! We're the student group whose aim is to help make Ustinov not just a college but your new home (whether you live in halls or out). You can expect to hear more from us soon on our events, plans for induction week, and the upcoming year - we run formals, trips and a load of other events as well as promoting student welfare and managing the gym. We need your help too though. We'll be holding elections towards the end of induction week and are looking for new people to join our executive committee (there are loads of smaller roles up for election too).

Joel Lozano-Perez
GCR President 2022/23


College Information

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Enrol online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme.
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Graduate Common Room

Ustinov College Graduate Common Room (GCR) is the student body representing Durham University’s postgraduate community.
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Your first week in Durham – University Induction Week Events Timetable

The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do during your first busy days at university, in your College and your Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything - from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your Department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.
Your Personal Induction Planner
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