University don

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A don is a fellow or tutor of a college or university, especially traditional collegiate universities such as Oxford and Cambridge in England,[1] Trinity College, Dublin, in Ireland, and Delhi University in India.[2]

The term—similar to the title still used for Roman Catholic Priests—is an historical remnant of Oxford and Cambridge having started as ecclesiastical institutions in the Middle Ages. The term Don meaning crime boss also derives from this historical usage.


In some universities in Canada, a don is a resident assistant, typically an upper-year student paid a stipend to act as an advisor to and supervisor of the students in a university residence.

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  1. ^ For background information and opinion, see a recently published selection of short articles by Cambridge Don, Professor Mary Beard, It's a Don's Life, London, Profile, 2009. ISBN 1-84668-251-7
  2. ^ "Lotika's friends meet Prez to seek justice". The Times of India. Mar 27, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2013.