Collingwood College, Durham

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Collingwood College
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University Durham University
Location Durham City
Coordinates 54°45′46″N 1°34′34″W / 54.762778°N 1.576111°W / 54.762778; -1.576111Coordinates: 54°45′46″N 1°34′34″W / 54.762778°N 1.576111°W / 54.762778; -1.576111
Motto Aime le meilleur
Motto in English Love the best
Established 1972
Named for Sir Edward Collingwood
Principal Professor Joe Elliott
Undergraduates ~1050
Postgraduates ~60
Senior tutor Dr Kevin Miller
Website
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Collingwood College, Durham is located in Durham
Collingwood College, Durham
Location within Durham

Collingwood College is a college of Durham University in England. It is the second largest of Durham's undergraduate colleges. Founded in 1972 as the first purpose-built, mixed-sex college in Durham, it is named after the mathematician Sir Edward Collingwood (1900–70), who was also for a time Chair of the Council of Durham University.

History[edit]

Plans for Collingwood began in 1960, as part of program of expansion that included both Van Mildert College and Trevelyan College. By 1962 it was determined that the new college was to be built on the site of Oswald House, with Richard Shepherd (architect of Churchill College, Cambridge) being appointed the following year . The remnants of the Oswald House estate can be seen in the landscaped grounds and mature trees that surround the college. Over the following years a series of funding issues and debates over the student composition of the new college meant that building on the site did not begin until August 1971. It was determined that the new college should be called Collingwood College, a name chosen from a shortlist of three (the others being Cromwell College and Lumley College). With building not being complete until 1973, Collingwood's first cohort of 66 freshers were housed in Van Mildert from October 1972.

Campus[edit]

Collingwood College showing the new entrance added in 1994

The college is located to the south of Durham city centre, on South Road. The steep incline of this road leads to Collingwood and the surrounding colleges being commonly referred to as 'Hill' colleges. Extended in 1994, Collingwood now has over a thousand students allocated to it, and approximately 550 bed spaces within the college. Accommodation is provided within three main wings: the original Durham and Northumbria wings and the newer, en-suite Cumbria wing. A separate block, York, is located away from the others and consists of flats used by fellows of the College and of the Institute of Advanced Study. Not all students live in college during their time at the university, but all students in their first year and the majority of those in their final year are allocated a place.

Facilities[edit]

Although most Durham colleges are not used for teaching purposes, the college is equipped with a moderate library, music practice rooms and public computing facilities. Other welfare and entertainment facilities exist, including a bar, student-run shop, gym, television room, several common rooms, various sports facilities and a coffee shop (Collingwood being the only Durham college to have one). During the summer of 2006, the music rooms were converted into a fully equipped recording studio, with a new JCR officer position being created to run it.

The college is also a popular venue for academic conferences and other commercial events, often arranged and marketed by Event Durham. The income from these is used by the Colleges' Division to maintain and enhance college bedrooms and other facilities.

In June 2011 contractors began building work on a new gymnasium on the college campus, known as the Mark Hillary Gym it opened in October 2012.

Student organization[edit]

As with all colleges in Durham, the students organise and democratise themselves by creating and running a body known as the Junior Common Room, or more commonly JCR. All students of the college are JCR members unless they specifically request otherwise. The JCR is led by the Exec Committee, which consists of thirteen elected positions. The JCR is a constituent member of the Durham Students' Union which in turn is a constituent member of the National Union of Students. Thus, all student members of Collingwood are NUS members as well. Each year the JCR is managed by a democratically elected President; the current President for 2013-2014 is James Proudfoot.

The college has a number of sports clubs and societies, for example:

  • The Woodplayers (Collingwood's Drama Society)
  • Collingwood College Arts Society
  • Collingwood College Music Society
  • Collingwood Choir
  • Collingwood College Boat Club
  • Collingwood College Rugby Football Club
  • Collingwood College Cricket Club
  • Collingwood College Association Football Club

Notable alumni[edit]

Principals[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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