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Collingwood College, Durham
Collingwood College
Collingwood College
Founded 1972
Principal Professor Jane Taylor
Location South Road
Students 1134 undergraduate,
41 postgraduate
Motto Aime le meilleur
"Love the best"

Collingwood College is a college of the University of Durham in England. It is both the second largest and the newest 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.


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. 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.


Although 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, communal area and various provisions for sports.


Being one of the newest colleges in Durham has led to Collingwood's facilities being frequently used for conference trade with external organisations. The money from such conferences is put back into the colleges to allow improvements, but perhaps unsurprisingly some argue that the need to please conference guests can lead to a conflict of interest.


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 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.


Notable alumni

External links

  • Collingwood College (http://www.dur.ac.uk/collingwood) official website
  • Collingwood College JCR (http://www.dur.ac.uk/collingwood.jcr) undergraduate student organisation
  • Collingwood College SCR (http://www.dur.ac.uk/collingwood/scr.php) postgraduate student and staff organisation


Colleges of the University of Durham

Collingwood | George Stephenson | Grey | Hatfield | John Snow | St Aidan's | St Chad's | St Cuthbert's

St Hild and St Bede | St John's | St Mary's | Trevelyan | University | Ushaw | Ustinov | Van Mildert



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