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Encyclopedia > St Aidan's College
St Aidan's College, Durham
Motto Super fundamentis certis
"Upon sure foundations"
Founded 1947
Principal John Ashworth
Location Windmill Hill
Students ~ 750 undergraduate,
~ 30 postgraduate

St Aidan's College is a college of the University of Durham in England. Founded in 1947 as St Aidan's Society, but able to trace its roots back to the end of the 19th century, the college is named for St Aidan of Lindisfarne. In modern times St Aidan's prides itself on its inclusive ethos and the diversity of backgrounds represented in its student population. Image File history File links Arms of the Durham colleges, drawn from the original grants by Jonathan Gough and Tim Packer. ... Durham University is a university in England. ... Durham University is a university in England. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population - Total (mid-2004) - Density Ranked 1st UK 50. ... Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, the Apostle of Northumbria (?-651), is the founder and first bishop of the monastery on the island of Lindisfarne in England. ... This article is about Lindisfarne, England. ...


History

The college has its origins in the small group of women, known as home students, who were first allowed to study at Durham in 1895. At that time, and indeed until the Second World War, it was considered unsuitable for female students to live in lodgings: they either had to be members of a College or to live at home. The numbers were never very large; for example, in 1936 there were only five. However, a substantial increase in the number of female students after 1945 meant that the former group of home students was reorganised, emerging as St Aidan's Society in 1947. Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ...


St Aidan's Society had its offices at 24 North Bailey (now the bar and club of the Durham Union Society). Some of the students lived in Shincliffe Hall, and others in lodgings. The first principal was Miss Ethleen Scott, although in earlier days a female member of staff with the title of 'Censor' had looked after the home students. The Durham Union Society is a debating society founded in 1842 as part of the University of Durham. ...


In 1961 St Aidan's was reconstituted as a full 'Council College' (meaning that its governing council is a sub-committee of the University Council, the University's governing body). It moved to its present buildings on Elvet Hill in 1964, becoming one of the first of the University's 'Hill' colleges. The college buildings are in a modernist style, having been designed by architect Sir Basil Spence. Elvet Hill is situated on the south bank of the River Wear in the city of Durham, in County Durham, in England. ... Sir Basil Spence (13 August 1907_19 November 1976 was a notable Scottish architect, most famously associated with the Cathedral in Coventry, but also responsible for numerous other buildings in the Modernist style. ...


In 1963, Miss Scott was succeeded as principal by Dame Enid Russell-Smith, who handed over to Miss Irene Hindmarsh in 1970. It was during her tenure as principal that it was agreed that St Aidan's should become a mixed college, and the first male students were admitted in 1981. The present principal, John Ashworth, took over in 1998.


Structure

As all Durham Colleges, the membership divides itself between the Senior Common Room (SCR) and the Junior Common Room (JCR). The SCR is a self-regulating body of senior members of the university, college officers, tutors and postgraduate students. The JCR consists of the undergraduate members of the college and elects its own officers, including a sabbatical JCR president, who liaise on its behalf with the college and university. Within an undergraduate college, the Senior Common Room consists of the academic officers who hold a degree above the undergraduate degree. ... The term Junior Common Room (JCR) is used in many British universities to refer to the collective of students (similar to a students union) at a constituent college of the university, as well as to a physical room set aside for the college students use. ... Quaternary education or postgraduate education is the fourth-stage educational level which follows the completion of an undergraduate degree at a college or university. ... In some educational systems, an undergraduate is a post-secondary student pursuing a Bachelors degree. ...


External links

  • St Aidan's College official website
  • St Aidan's College JCR undergraduate student organisation
  • St Aidan's College SCR postgraduate student and staff organisation


Colleges of the University of Durham

Collingwood | George Stephenson | Grey | Hatfield | Howlands (unofficial name) | John Snow | St Aidan's | St Chad's | St Cuthbert's The term college (Latin collegium) is most often used today to denote an educational institution. ... Durham University is a university in England. ... Collingwood College is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... George Stephenson College is a college of the University of Durham in England, and one of two located at Queens Campus in Stockton-on-Tees, 37 km (23 miles) south of the city of Durham itself. ... Grey College is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... Hatfield College is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... Howlands College is the unofficial name of the newest college at the University of Durham, due to open in September 2006. ... John Snow College is a college of the University of Durham in England, and one of two located at Queens Campus in Stockton-on-Tees, 37 km (23 miles) south of the city of Durham itself. ... St Chads College is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... St Cuthberts Society, commonly known as Cuths, is a college-level body of the University of Durham in England. ...

St Hild and St Bede | St John's | St Mary's | Trevelyan | University | Ushaw | Ustinov | Van Mildert The College of St Hild and St Bede, commonly known as Hild Bede, is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... St Johns College is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... St Marys College is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... Trevelyan College, commonly known as Trevs, is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... University College, commonly known as Castle, is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... Ushaw College is a Roman Catholic seminary, founded at Douai in France in 1568, which moved to Ushaw Moor, four miles west of Durham in England in 1808 and became a Licensed Hall of the University of Durham in 1968. ... Ustinov College, is a postgraduate college of the University of Durham in England. ... Van Mildert College, commonly known as Mildert, is a college of the University of Durham in England. ...


 
 

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