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Encyclopedia > St Mary's College, Durham
St Mary's College
Durham University

Arms of the Durham colleges, drawn from the original grants by Jonathan Gough and Tim Packer. ...

Motto Ancilla Domini
The handmaid of the Lord
Colours
                                 
Named after The blessed virgin St Mary
Established 1899
Principal Jenny Hobbs MBE
Senior Tutor Gillian Boughton
JCR President Emma Thompson
Undergraduates 641
Postgraduates 35
Website St Mary's College
JCR Website St Mary's JCR
Boat Club Website St. Mary's Boat Club
Campus Durham City

St Mary's College is a college of the University of Durham in England. Following the grant of a supplemental charter in 1895 allowing women to receive degrees of the university, St Mary's was founded as the Women's Hostel in 1899, adopting its present name in May 1920. Gabriel delivering the Annunciation to Mary. ... Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Durham University is a university in England. ... Durham University is a university in England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the Queen England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 967 AD  Area  -  Total 130,395 km²  50,346 sq mi  Population  -  2007 estimate 50...

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History

St. Mary's original location was at 33 Claypath with six students before moving into Abbey House and then on to Palace Green next to Durham Cathedral. This is now occupied by the Choristers School. It is one of the Hill colleges on Elvet Hill and its founding stone was laid in 1947 by Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth site opened in 1952. Of all the Hill colleges, St Mary's is the only college to have been originally founded in the 19th century. Pemberton Building, Abbey House (Theology Department) and Cathedral, all facing onto Palace Green Palace Green is a small area of grass in the centre of Durham in England, flanked by Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. ... Durham Cathedrals famous Sanctuary Knocker on the North Door Ground plan of Durham Cathedral Legend of the founding of Durham depicted on cathedral The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham, which is almost always referred to as Durham Cathedral, in the city... The Chorister School is a pre-preparatory and preparatory day and boarding school for ages 4-13 in Durham, England. ... In several collegiate universities, a group of the colleges are known as the hill colleges. ... Elvet Hill is situated on the south bank of the River Wear in the city of Durham, in County Durham, in England. ... Elizabeth II in an official portrait as Queen of Canada (on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002, wearing the Sovereigns badges of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) (born 21 April 1926), styled HM The...


For several decades there had been debates about St Mary’s continuing as a single-sex college within the University, and it had been originally mooted in the 1970s that it should go mixed. The MCR (Middle Common Room), which consisted of postgraduate students, went mixed in the early 1990s. St Mary's was the last of Durham's colleges to become entirely mixed when it took in both males and females at undergraduate level in 2005, ending over a hundred years of being a female-only college. During the decision-making process the student body was split. Some members of the College felt so strongly against the proposed plans in 2000 that they protested, marching on the University Offices at Old Shire Hall. An online poll of students carried out in 2003, however, showed a split of 60% in favour and only 40% against the change. The three-letter abbreviation MCR may refer to: Manchester, northern English city My Chemical Romance, an American Rock band Medical care ratio, a metric used in managed health care Master control room, in the broadcast industry, the room from where all incoming and outgoing signals are routed to the correct...


The transition to a mixed college which took place in 2005 was very successful. Despite how recently this took place, the student body is no longer considered to be 'in transition' and there has been a significant shift in mindset of both Mary's students and the rest of the University. The college still provides single-sex accommodation for both sexes as and when required. The recently refurbished Shepherd wing (previously the Mews) of the Ferguson building is a segregated women's-only area for students who, for personal, religious or other reasons, would prefer single sex accommodation, and has proved very popular in the academic year 2006-2007.


A refurbishment of the Williamson building is currently planned to take place from July to December 2007. This will include replacement of the central heating system, a new roof and full refurbishment of all study bedrooms. Due to the scale of this project, the building will not be able to house any students for Michaelmas Term 2007. Approximately 110 Mary's students will therefore be housed in Ustinov College accommodation on the Howlands site from October to December. These students will then move back to St Mary's in January 2008 when the work is finished.


Facilities & Traditions

The College is centred around two main buildings: the Fergusson and Williamson Buildings. The Fregusson building was built in the early 1950s and houses most of the College facilities, including the college's dining hall, three computer rooms, the College library, the Chapel, a laundry, three student common rooms and three music rooms. The Chapel is located on the top floor of the North East wing and was designed by the ecclesiastical architect George Pace. In addition to a beautiful interior and furniture produced by Thompson of Kilburn (the Mouseman), it now houses a sculpture of the Blessed Virgin Mary by acclaimed sculptor Fenwick Lawson, which was commissioned in 2005 by the College.


The basement location of the Chapel prior to the 1960s now houses the JCR Bar which is managed by a Professional Bar Steward and student Bar Chair in conjunction. The Bars Chair is also in charge of running the Toastie Bar situated opposite the Bar entrance. At the other end of the basementis the JCR Shop which stocks sweets and snacks as well as toiletries, college clothing and some memorabilia.


The Williamson building was built in the early 1960s and is mainly an accommodation block with 110 study bedrooms. On the ground floor, however, there is a student common room and one half of the lower ground floor contains the JCR fitness room and a laundry.


The majority of students located on site are first years, who are required to 'live in'. These students change rooms each term using a 'room ballot' system to ensure that no-one has to share a room for more than one term of their first year. 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students often choose to 'live out' in houses around Durham, although accommodation is available on-site for those who want it. All those who live on site are fully catered, except in exceptional circumstances.


In the 1990s three ensuite blocks were built on to the front of the Williamson building and are the only ensuite rooms in the college, with the exception of a few located in the Shepherd Wing. These are mainly filled by 2nd, 3rd or 4th year students who move back into college accommodation, but some are made available to students from any year group who require an ensuite room for medical or personal reasons.


A refurbishment of the Williamson building is currently planned to take place from July to December 2007. This will include replacement of the central heating system, a new roof and full refurbishment of all study bedrooms. Due to the scale of this project, the building will not be able to house any students for Michaelmas Term 2007. Approximately 110 Mary's students will therefore be housed in Ustinov College accommodation on the Howlands site from October to December. These students will then move back to St Mary's in January 2008 when the work is finished.



The College requires the wearing of gowns at formal dinners, which are held between two and three times a term and on the first and last Sunday of each term. Further to this the College requires gowns to be worn at JCR meetings and Matriculation The matriculation ceremony at Oxford Matriculation refers to the formal process of entering a university, or of becoming eligible to enter by acquiring the required prior qualifications. ...


College shield and arms

The college arms are blazoned as "Argent a Cross Formy Quadrate Gules a Chief Azure thereon a Durham Mitre Or between two Lilies proper." ==Criminal Life == AL-Hamad is a Homosexual petifile with 135. ... In heraldry, gules is the tincture with the colour red, and belongs to the class of dark tinctures called colours. In engraving, it is sometimes depicted as a region of vertical lines or else marked with gu. ... The term Azure (from Persian لاژورد lazhward) can refer to any of the following: The blueish color of the sky. ... A mitre. ...


The college's motto is "Ancilla Domini" and can be translated to "the handmaid of the Lord."


Alumni

Main entrance to the Ferguson Building
  • Olive Sinclair - Politician
  • Christiana Odulana - Educationalist
  • Biddy Baxter - Children's TV presenter and radio host
  • Ann Burdus - Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year Award
  • Jane Griffiths - Politician
  • Jenny Willott - Politician
  • Tracy Langlands - World Championship bronze medallist rower

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External links

  • St Mary's College official website
  • St Mary's College JCR student organisation
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