The Firebird - Grey College Annual Report 2018-19

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Associate Master’s Welcome - Page 4

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Common Room Updates SCR President - Page 8 MCR President - Page 10


JCR President - Page 12

Events at Grey Formals, Bops & Balls - Page 14


Music at Grey - Page 16 The Robin Thodey Cup - Page 17

Spotlight on Sport


The Boat Club’s Top IV Campaign Page 18 Our New Gym - Page 20 Alumni Reunion 2019 - Page 22 Trust Awards - Page 23 Introductions Chaplain - Page 24 Student Experience Officer - Page 25 JCR President 2019-20 - Page 25 In Memorium - Page 26 Durham News - Page 28

College Merchandise - Page 30


Associate Master’s Welcome

St. Oswald’s Church, before our traditional Christmas formals. This year the College was pleased to be able to award five students entrance scholarships. These awards all share a common theme in that their purpose is to support students whose financial situation might prevent them from taking 2018-19 was an excellent part in the wider student life year in the life of Grey of the College. In their end of College, which began back in year reports the students all October with around 500 commented upon the new students arriving at the differences which having College. Nathan Gavin, Guv, these awards have made to ran an excellent induction their first year in Durham. week to welcome our I would like to say that undergraduates, and the overall the year has been MCR welcome for new incredibly transformative postgraduates was coordinated by Lily Hulatt and Marcus Lancashire. Term was soon in full swing, the College choir sang Evensong in the Cathedral, with other Hill College Choirs, as we formally welcomed the Rev Gavin Wort to his role as Hill Colleges Chaplain before topping things off with a full house at the Carol Service at

and the scholarship has bought me the flexibility to engage more intimately with my degree and collegiate life My first year has truly been fantastic and I know that without the generosity of Scholarship, the opportunities available to me would have been significantly limited by my financial circumstances. As I reflect on my First year at Grey I feel incredibly grateful, privileged and happy. I can’t wait to return in October to continue these activities and begin many more. Some things I wouldn’t have been able to do without your support include: taking British sign language at level 1 (I’ll be going on to level 2 next year and I’m also the Vice Chair of the society!); the ability to socialize (Phoenix ball was amazing), and it’s also for the first time given me the space financially to have a little breathing room so I’m not so stressed about it. In addition to the above, at the start of the year, the following were awarded Vice -Chancellor Scholarships for academic excellence, based on them being the top performing students in their subjects and respective year groups in 2017-18: Tom Dance (Engineering), Joseph Holey (Physics), Eleanor Kinsman (Geosciences), 4

Thomas Scheutz (Physics) and Commercial Services and Tom Spencer (Physics). Officer. They were ably supported by senior The Epiphany term saw members of the executive some new events in the committee. The work done, College Calendar, including the Phoenix Gala and Robin and the leadership shown of Thodey cup. We also had the the JCR with ideas for new projects has been unveiling of the Phoenix remarkable, and it was Mural in the JCR, special wonderful to able to thanks to our Arts Chairs during 17-18, Gabrielle Oxley celebrate as a whole college and Harriet Lucas for being the driving force behind this. A competition had been run for the design, which was won by Izzy Tinkler. During the term we also welcomed Arjun Bagchi as our visiting Fellow, who was working in the Maths department on Gauge theories and gravity, and he provided good conversation within the SCR. It was great to be able to support the lads in the final of the flood-lit men’s Rugby Cup, though sadly we just missed out to Hatfield on the night, with a massive turnout from the Grey Army. In a completely different atmosphere, it was great to support the mixed Lacrosse Team in their cup final, as they went for the league-cup double. During the Epiphany Term, Izaak Beck stepped into the role of acting JCR President. On behalf of the College, we must express sincere thanks to him for taking this on during his PhD, alongside the extra work undertaken by Ollie Gosnold, as Financial

said to the JCR following it, Working here at Grey has been and still is a dream job, and certainly something I never expected I would be doing when I arrived at Grey as a fresher back in ’99. It is humbling to now be included in the list of other students who have got their HLM’s over the years for the immense contributions they have made whilst students to the life of the JCR. I’ve always come to work here at Grey with the aim of making things as good as they can be for you the students, and ensuring that College activities are as good as can be, and never expected to be given an

at the President’s Guest Night at Wynyard Hall. As always, the summer term was jam packed with events following the examinations (see Izaak Beck’s report on page 12) and I was privileged to be awarded Honorary Life Membership (HLM) of the JCR at the Phoenix Ball. As I 5

Associate Master’s Welcome

we have also said goodbye to some of our operational staff following restructures across the University. In particular, I would like to pay tribute to Karen Blundell, who has been College Bursar over the last 19 years. Latterly she shared this role with that of Bursar at Collingwood. Karen has worked tirelessly during her award for doing that. prize for his poster, time here to make the depicting his final year College estate and services project on spotting social In 2018-19 students at Grey just as good as they can be media b******s. Have highly achieved for our students. In Whilst we have welcomed a academically, and the particular, we are proud of number of new staff this year College is particularly proud the projects initiated for the including Rev Gavin Wort as of our end of year overall Golden Jubilee – extending Chaplain, and Nathan Lamb examination results, with the library, JCR and most around 40 % of our students as Student Experience recently Fountains Hall – as Officer (see pages 26-27), obtaining first class degrees. well as the work done in We most enjoyed celebrating with our students at Congregation and the wonderful dinners that we now hold each evening of that week. Two students were selected to present posters of their final year projects at the Rising Stars Symposium in the Science faculty, with Ben Griffiths winning the overall 6

refurbishing the Oswald Block. Without Karen, these projects would not have been the success that they have been. We also said goodbye to Ann Platts as housekeeper, many of you will remember her from her time as cleaner in the Hollingside block, as well as Lynne from reception and Lisa, Lisa, Karl, Steve and Dawn from across the kitchens and front of house teams.

will continue to evolve throughout the next stage of its life. It has been a privilege to serve as Associate Master, whilst Tom, our Master, has been seconded to the Position of Chair of Colleges from April and we look forward to welcoming him back in the new academic year. Dr Peter Swift

During the forthcoming Associate Master academic year, College will reach a significant milestone in celebrating its Diamond Anniversary Year. We look forward to celebrating this and also in seeing how Grey





SCR President’s Report

So what has the Senior Common Room been up to in the past year? In fact we have had quite a range of activities. These include Guest Nights in November, February and June, it was a particular pleasure to welcome the Mayor of Durham in June following her Mayor-making ceremony. Sunday

afternoon public talks continued with titles such as "Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest", "Climate Change Forecasts from Cave Deposits", "The Big Bang Show", "The Wonders of Seaweed", "The Future UK Electricity System". Some members chose to have a high table lunch before a talk. We continued to have weekly formal dinners, generally on Wednesdays, and as a new venture on two occasions were accompanied by short presentations, first a dramatic piano recital by one of the postgraduate students in the College, Tony Lais, and second a performance of some beautiful songs by Poppy Holden. Another highlight was a whisky tasting event

guided by our local expert and wine steward Stewart Clark. But perhaps the most interesting and wellattended event was a musical competition between Grey students in memory of Robin Thodey (Martin) with prizes selected by the audience under the guidance of Gillian Weir and Peter Swift (report on page 17). It is planned to hold this competition every year. Professor Alan Martin FRS SCR President

Left: Professor Alan Martin with Jack Taylorson, winner of the Robin Thodey Cup



potluck dinner being held in the Dining Hall followed by games and activities in the MCR. We also held a bar crawl, a Superbowl Party and a Game of Thrones Watch Party (it still hurts). Easter Term saw many fun end of year college events such as Grey Day and Phoenix Ball. We also held our own pirate themed Inter-MCR formal Halloween Party, a with a live Ceilidh band. Thanksgiving potluck and a Throughout the year the Christmas Party. First term MCR also hosted many also saw a space themed informal events and Informal Ball, which is put on gatherings including movie by the JCR but open to MCR and game nights and we members as our members encourage our members also share access to JCR each year to make the most events throughout the year of our common room and its including numerous bops amenities, which include a (themed dances) and projector screen, Xbox and formals, such as the popular Wii consoles and numerous Christmas and Valentines board games as well as a Formals. We also hold some kitchen and cupboard joint formals with the SCR supplied with tea and (Senior Common Room) biscuits. where our members get an In July we held our MCR opportunity to engage with President’s Guest Night, academic and College staff. which included pizza and

MCR President’s Report

2018-19 was another great year for Grey College MCR. Our community, which is made up of Postgraduates, Mature Students and Fourth Years, looks to put on numerous events and social activities throughout the year ranging from potlucks to formals to bar crawls and movie nights held in our common room, which provides a great study area to have tea and biscuits and socialize between classes and in the evenings.

Epiphany Term saw our annual Chinese New Year’s

croquet on the Collge lawn. This event also provided a chance to give awards to

Our induction week this year included a Day Trip to Newcastle, a Ceilidh dance, and an Inter-MCR Boat Party. Some of our big events in first term included a 10

those who have contributed to the MCR. This year’s Phoenix Awards went to: Lily Hulatt, Phion Chow, Charlie Marsh, Connor Brophy, Thomas Campbell, Freddie Collings and Alice Wilson. Non-exec members to receive awards included Tony Lais, Oliver Gosnold and Izaak Beck for their contribution to

MCR Treasurer and most friendships and memories recently MCR Vice-President. along the way. This is part of the Grey experience which I Grey MCR prides itself on hope will stay with them as being an internationally they pursue their future diverse and welcoming community and this year was careers and life endeavors outside of Durham. no exception. Our members showed a deep interest to engage with the cultural traditions of our diverse community and made great

Brad Berwin (MCR President)

the MCR and overall experience of its members. I also had the opportunity to award an Honorary Life Membership to Marcus Lancashire, a long-standing member of our community who has served for two years as a Postgraduate Mentor as well as holding the role of


JCR President’s Report

Disney Formal in memory of Jessie, a student who sadly passed away at the start of the 2017/18 year. Jessie was a vibrant girl full of life and the aim of this formal was to celebrate that. The formal raised £1500 for the Great North Air Ambulance which was amazing to see.

Epiphany Term came around quickly and this year was variety of night out and night busier than ever. Collingwood took home the in options, inflatables, Varsity this year, but Grey themed evenings and put up a great fight. everyone’s favourite President’s Guest Night saw hypnotist. The week was awards go to Tech for rounded off by a whole college bop, something new Committee of the Year, Darts to Fresher’s week and it was for Society of the Year, Men’s great to see a huge number Cricket As for Team of the Year, and Mixed Lacrosse for of students from all years Sport of the Year. Individual come back to college for it. This year at Grey has been a My personal thanks must go awards for Excellence in Leadership went to Nathan phenomenal success for the to the incredible Student Gavin for heading a brilliant Junior and Middle Common Welfare Team at Grey who Rooms and it has been a real supported us throughout the Fresher’s week, and the Unsung Hero award went to week. honour to act as JCR Nicola Gittins for being the President for 2019. I would Michaelmas term was, as backbone of the JCR. We like to start by thanking ever, packed with events love you Nicola! Grey everyone who has including Halloween Bop, College Charity Fashion contributed to any sport, formals, and the Informal show was bigger and better society, or committee and Ball. Notably, this year saw than ever taking place at has made leading this the first Jessie Francis Common Room so enjoyable. The contributions of our members makes Grey the welcoming and vibrant place it proves to be year on year. To kick off the year our Head Freshers Rep, Nathan Gavin (Guv) organised a brilliant Fresher’s Week with the support of a great team of Freps. The week involved a 12

Spennymoor Leisure Centre with enhanced tech and choreography. This remains one of the events of the year for us and raises a huge amount of money, this year going to The Stephen Gartland Foundation and Heads Up Durham. Barfest was as per usual the highlight for me during this term, the Bar Committee pulled off the best one yet with a great range of drinks from ales to cocktails. The only downside to the day was having to watch Wales beat England in the Six Nations. We also saw the introduction of The Phoenix Gala, organised by our Music Committee and the Senior Common Room. This evening was a great success and showcased some of Grey’s most talented musicians and was enjoyed by all. Following the exam period which saw even the freshers turn to the library, frantically trying to save a whole academic year with two weeks reading, the postexam season kicked off with the bang that is Grey Day. Incredibly organised by next years President/FACSO combination of Leo Harris and Aminah Sair, not even the rain stopped us with bigger and better tech than ever before. We basically had a full on festival on the lawn. Phoenix Ball was as ever an unforgettable evening with

an Around the World theme put together by the events team and headed by Ball Chairs Gemma Cotton and Natasha Cooper. Live music, theme park rides and indoor attractions such as mini golf and casino tables. Honorary Life Membership was awarded to Barney HodderWilliams, Ruairi Brogan, Jasmine Wilkinson, Rachael Graham, Jake Luff, Charlotte Bourchier, Oliver Gosnold, and our Vice-Master Dr Peter Swift. These people have contributed so much to the JCR over their time here and thoroughly deserved this recognition. Across the year we have been incredibly successful in

Premiership and Floodlit this year and Men’s Basketball got promoted twice to go from Division 2 to Premiership in one year. Grey Cricket continue to dominate the College scene with a third successive Outdoor Championship win. Some say strong Grey, strong England. My time as President has been incredibly enjoyable but I would like to reiterate it wouldn’t have been that way if not for the dedicated student committees and incredible staff we have at Grey College to organise and support everything we do. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way! If there’s anything to take from this short summary, it would be that the JCR is constantly improving and that we push ourselves to make the student experience here the best it can be. Every term seems to be busier year on year and the events we put on are incredible, getting bigger and more extravagant every time and this is reflected by their popularity.

sports. It has been an Maybe bigger really is better? impressive year for the Rowing Club and following successful fundraiser a new Izaak Beck boat has been purchased. JCR President Grey Men’s Rugby defeated the old rivals Collingwood twice and reached the floodlit cup final narrowly missing out to Hatfield. Mixed lacrosse A team won the 13

Formals, Bops, and Balls at Grey 2018-19

As ever, the JCR has hosted a range of fantastic events in College throughout the year. Below represents just a crosssection of those which have taken place this year.



Music at Grey:

The Phoenix Gala The Phoenix Gala was a brand-new event formed this year with the objective of showcasing the musical movements of Grey College, as well as offering a fantastic black-tie evening for both the JCR and the SCR. This year the theme was “A Night at the Oscars”, and the hall was decorated to fit, with two big Oscar statues at the door! The evening started with drinks and canopies accompanied by a wonderful cover of “The Bare Necessities” by Jasmine Wilkinson. Of course, the event would never be complete without comperes,

and dynamic duo Leo Harris and Henry Woolhouse put on a fantastic show, presenting the evening with flair. The first ensemble of the evening was Grollingwood Big Band. This jazz band has had a great year of gigs, including a fantastic concert alongside the Durham University Concert Band at the end of the year. They played a range of tunes, from The Incredibles to the outstanding Whiplash, from the hit film of the same name. After some fantastic performances by soloists Chloe Griggs, Thomas Campbell, and Harriet Lucas, it was time for Grey College’s very own Ceilidh Band. The

Folk group have come into their own this year, putting on a variety of post-formal ceilidhs for the college, and their yearly Grey Day performance. They captured the room with music from The Lord of the Rings and Brave, with astounding vocals from their guest singer Abi Poppy Finch. The night continued with some more wonderful solo performances by Igor Prato and Lou Gould, performing songs “Somebody to Love” and “Shallow” respectively. College Choir were up next. The choir has had yet another successful year, performing at a variety of evensongs as well as their own individual concerts throughout the year. They captivated the audience with a rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and 16

finished their set alongside Ceilidh band performing tunes from the legendary Titanic. The final soloist of the night, George Woodward, captured the audience, closing the night of soloists with Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”. Next up was the all new Grey Collingwood Chamber Orchestra. The group have had a wonderful inaugural year, playing at several in-college events at both Grey and Collingwood. Conducted by Collingwood Music Chair, Jeremy Chan, the group played through music from Up and the fantastical La La Land. As the evening came to a close, it was time for the Finale; the Orchestra joined forces with the Choir to perform Enya’s “May it Be” from Lord of the Rings, arranged by Megan Cunnington. The final number was set to be a spectacle, Grollingwood pulled up a chair alongside the groups to play the audience out with a Les Miserables Medley — a great way to end an equally great year for Music in Grey!

Look out for the event next year, sure to be another wonderful evening under the leadership of Dylan Morris.

Following the performances, there was an audience vote, which enabled College Fellow, Dame Gillian Weir and the Vice-Master, to Charlie Fletcher determine the overall winner, which went to Jack Taylorson, who had played The Robin Thodey Cup the third movement of Following the untimely death Mozart’s Piano Sonata in F. of Robin last summer, it was Second place went to Shiying suggested at the Senior Liu, who played Dance of the Common Room AGM, that Yao People on the Guzheng, we should begin some form and third place was to Abbi of student development Poppy Finch who sang event in her memory, and Pergolesi’s Se tu m’ami, se given Robin’s background as sospiri. During the a professional musician a presentations of the awards, Music Cup was planned and Dame Gillian gave the held in March. Following a students a little insight into wonderful Sunday Lunch on her performing career, and High Table, members of the also spoke of the joy which Senior Common Room were all of the performances had joined by students in the brought. College Chapel and were We look forward to the treated to a varied programme of both solo and competition going from strength to strength in future ensemble pieces. These years, enabling us to ranged from a Vivaldi Cello Sonata through to an excerpt celebrate the talent within from a musical Twelfth Night, the College student body. composed by one of our students and performed by Dr Peter Swift his friends. Associate Master


Grey College Boat Club’s New Top IV Campaign

GCBC is now in the process of buying a new top men’s four following an enjoyable fundraising campaign in April and May 2019 , during which we were able to raise the extraordinary sum of £9586 + GiftAid. This was only possible due to the goodwill and generosity of our members, both current and past, and of their families. Furthermore, the generous contribution of £3000 in matched funding by the College Trust was instrumental to the success of the project. The Club would like to thank all those who donated, because without you this project would not have gotten off the ground.

of England Pub on Fleet Street in London, the event saw a reunion of Club members across the years; it was great for younger members to see where alumni over the years had ended up. In terms of fundraising the evening itself raised over £4,000 for our cause, the auction drumming

up a very healthy contribution towards our new boat. We hope that a GCBC London event will become a regular fixture in alumni social calendars. Going forwards, our plans are as follows. Daniel Silcock, the 2018-19 men’s captain, has managed to secure a

As a key element of the fundraising campaign, the College and Boat Club collaboratively organised and hosted a fundraising drinks evening at The Old Bank of England in London. The fundraising evening, held after our annual Maidenhead boat camp, was a resounding success. Held in the Old Bank 18

deal on a Stämpfli four from his old school, Winchester College. The IV was purchased by Winchester around 7 years ago for £20,000, and we’ve been able to negotiate a price of £8,000, which is very reasonable indeed. Once the money for the fundraiser has entered our account we will

be able to move forwards with the purchase, and we are confident that the boat will be in our possession come the new academic year. The fun, however, does not stop there, in order to ensure that we have the best quality four possible, we will be sending the boat for a refurb for around £1,000; any

remaining money will be reinvested into wider Club equipment. To finish off, I would like to advertise that there will be a formal dinner associated with the launch of the new boat. This is a reward to all those who donated or spent at auction sums of over £100, we very much look forward to seeing you at Grey for the historic event that will be the launching, and naming of our new four. Many thanks, Louis Schliders GCBC President 2018-19


Our Newly Refurbished College Gym

my handover from Ben in early August 2018 was to get as much done as possible in the holidays. We tried our best to get the gym looking great for the new academic year, but we hit a few bumps and realised in early September that the project was not going to be completed before the arrival of freshers and the start of term in October. This was probably for the best, as we used the extra time to better refine the blueprints of the renovation and expand it further.

The notable expansion we made was to add a third gym room. This was a tough decision to make as it led to the donation of the snooker table in the Henry Dyson Coming in to the role of weights room and collected Room to John Snow College. FACSO this year, I had a quotes for a small amount of A lot of deliberating went handful of manifesto points equipment. Through into making this decision, that I wanted to achieve. conversations with the JCR with consultation from the Oddly, renovating the gym trustees, we expanded the JCR exec, JCR trustees, was not one of them! It was list of items we wanted to college staff before a vote an opportunistic project, install in the gym rooms, and by JCR members. We are funded through a pot of I also found a contractor to proud to say the table will money that Grey College fit the flooring tiles. remain part of Durham JCR have invested with asset Advice I’d been given during University in its brand-new managers. Our share of the fund had grown a great deal over the past few years, allowing for a large one-off expenditure to be made to better the student experience. Renovating the gym rooms began as a small project under Ben Firth (FACSO 2017-18) as he purchased new safety flooring for the 20

home, slightly further up South Road, when John Snow assemble it in their newly built college.

Issues with the gym being over-crowded have been reduced greatly and we now provide a wider range of Come the end of Michaelmas equipment, allowing students to do a greater variety of Term, we had paid for the exercises. We cover all bases new equipment that was for different types of training going to be installed in the and in my opinion the best gym rooms, and I had part of the gym in Grey is organised a timetable for the that we can provide such a renovation. Over the great exercise service whilst Christmas holidays the flooring contractor fitted the being situated on-site and remaining affordable for new tiles and TechnoGym students. (the equipment suppliers) fitted new equipment in all Finally, some thanks are in three rooms. When the gym order; the renovation would opened at the start of not have been possible Epiphany Term, it was without the cooperation from incredibly well-received by the college. Firstly, to Karen the hundreds of JCR Blundell (Bursar) who members that use the gym. improved the blinds we have

on the windows and sorted swipe card access for the Henry Dyson Room. Secondly to Peter Dunn (Operations Manager) who sorted the painting of the walls to give the gym a cleaner look. Most of all thanks to Izaak Beck (Vice-President 2018-19 and Acting President) as he was the leader of the project, and just used the support from myself and James Hellen (Gym Manager 2017-19) to complete this JCR project. Oliver Gosnold Finance and Commercial Services Officer (FACSO) 2018-19



“It’s been 25 years since we started at Durham”, said Nick. “We should go back.” And so, we did. 25 of us, including non-Durham spouses and children, descended en masse to spend a relaxing Spring bank holiday weekend in this most wondrous of cities. In beautiful, sunny weather, we visited the cathedral, had a leisurely walk by the river, had lunch on Palace Green, and marveled at the changes on the science site.

give us a detailed look around, and explain what changes larger student numbers have had on college life and the Durham experience. It was wonderful The highlight of the trip, of to see the improvements course, was a tour of Grey. made to Grey since the ‘90s; We were met at the entrance the extension to Fountains with enthusiasm by Dr Peter Hall is stunning, if a little Swift, who proceeded to echoey, while inevitable

progress has led to the dingy snooker room being replaced by a modern, wellequipped gym. It was equally wonderful to see how many things never change around college, just like the lifelong friendships that we forged during our time at college all those years ago. We can only wonder at what changes will be in store for Grey during the next 25 years. Richard Fawcett


facilities in Seville. These Facilities as pictured are perfect for rowing on as the river still flows but is Over the first few days of incredibly still with very little camp I did a lot of work learning to balance and row a disturbance on the water. single man sculling boat. This The outcomes of the project is an odd thing to get used to were that I greatly improved as I found I had to my own personal rowing and concentrate constantly on as a squad our team working controlling where my and boat speed have also bodyweight was acting on become much better. Also, the boat. Over the next few my understanding of the days in the middle of camp sport has grown, and I feel we did a lot a lot of work on more confident about our development squad improving more. Overall the Quad. Throughout the camp camp was a success and I we also got opportunities to feel that we as a row in Senior men’s 8-man development squad stand a boats which was a great good chance of being very experience to learn from and successful this year. set a nice goal of what to aim for in our own rowing. Off the water I also improved Throughout the training setting a personal best on camp I improved massively on and off the water. I began an erg test (Rowing to understand the equipment Machine) so I feel the camp helped me improve in all on the first day as we unloaded the trailers of boats aspects of rowing. brought across from Durham. The funds from the Grey These boats needed to be College Trust were spent on rigged and prepared for use flights to and from Seville and being a part of this and on the use of the process for the first time was national water sports centre

Grey College Trust Awards

a useful learning experience, as these skills are necessities in this sport.



arrange an alternative time to meet. I’m really pleased to say that regular worship has recommenced in the College Chapel (known as the Lattin Chapel) located in Fountains Hall. The Bishop of Durham came to bless and re-dedicate the Chapel in a special service on 7th March 2019. From October 2019, weekly acts of worship will be held on Wednesdays at 5.45pm. These will include Holy Communion and Choral Evensong led by the College Choir. All are welcome!

about identity, belief and one’s own personal values. I’m here to help individuals explore these kinds of questions. I’m also available to encourage those of faith and those looking The Chapel is also available to to learn about faith. students for individual prayer, meditation and reflection or It’s important to say that you simply as a space in which to don’t have to be ‘religious’ to be quiet. speak to a chaplain! If you’re feeling lonely, homesick or just Revd Gavin Wort need someone to listen, I’m here for you. I offer a nonHello everyone! I’m Gavin Wort, judgemental listening ear… and the Grey College Chaplain. I a cup of tea! started in Durham in I hold a weekly ‘drop-in’ on September 2018. I’ve really Mondays between 9.00am and enjoyed my first year in the university: it’s an exciting place 12.00pm (during term-time). My office is located in the newlyto be! refurbished Fountains Hall. I’m aware that the term Although, if this isn’t ‘chaplain’ isn’t familiar to convenient, I can be contacted everyone. So, what does it by email mean? Well, to put it briefly, I ( to offer pastoral, spiritual and religious support to students Hello Grey students, alumni, (and staff) of all faiths and and friends of the College, beliefs. I’ve now been in post as the Durham University is a multiCollege’s Student Experience cultural, multi-faith community Officer since January 2019, and that is committed to providing it’s been a fantastic year. As the opportunities for its students to job title ‘Student Experience explore and follow their Officer’ is not necessarily selfreligious and philosophical explanatory, I’ll give a beliefs. What’s more, university summarised explanation of the is a formative place. It can be a kind of things I have been, and time in life that raises questions 24

will continue to be involved in at Grey. In its broadest sense, I support the Vice-Master and JCR President (and JCR generally) with every aspect of the Student Experience at Grey. This includes, but is not restricted to; developing and publicising the College’s Trust Awards, managing the Durham Inspired programme in College, supporting the Mentoring system, overseeing the crowdfunding platform, encouraging and supporting Grey in the Community, developing and organising school and community outreach, enhancing student participation in the JCR and College life, as well as the dayto-day management of the College’s employability and personal development Hi Grey! I’m Leo, and I’ve just programme and events. graduated with a BA Combined Honours in Social Sciences Prior to coming to Grey, I held (History, Politics and IR). I’ve an Alumni & Development Role loved my three years at Durham at Sunderland University, and and Grey, and I feel so lucky to before that I was Development be spending my sabbatical year Officer at St Mary’s College for as your JCR President. two years, which was my first graduate job after graduating I’m that guy who has fingers in from Durham University with a every pie; through the degree in Criminology. university, I undertook wildlife conservation work in India and I’m very much keen to be an I’m an incoming member of the approachable member of the 2019/20 Experience Durham College team, so please do feel Leadership Programme. At free to catch me at lunch in the Grey, I’ve rowed and coxed with dining hall, drop by my office, or the Boat Club, served as send me an email at President of the College Choir, frepped, worked on the Toastie uk – it doesn’t necessarily have Bar, organised Grey Day 2019, to be anything specifically and sat on numerous JCR related to the areas I’ve said I’m committees. I even (somehow) involved in. once won a C-Team Pool match. Nathan Lamb My time at Grey has given me Student Experience Officer so many amazing friends, memories, and – most importantly – opportunities.

That’s the best thing about our college, and what makes it a special place to learn. Whether you want to play Lacrosse with our cup and league-winning A Team or enjoy singing with the largest non-auditioned choir in the university, I really believe there is something for everyone here. And what filters through this is our strong community spirit, where PhD and Masters students can easily be friends with Freshers and everyone else in-between. It was these two factors that principally influenced me to want to stay for another year at Grey and oversee the day-to-day running of our JCR. Aminah (our new FACSO) and I can’t wait to get started. We’re hoping to introduce cashless payments for the Toastie Bar, refurbish the TV Room, enhance engagement with the JCR, update our lengthy constitution and instigate black-tie fundraising events. Perhaps most exciting though is our plan to celebrate Grey’s Diamond Jubilee, so watch out for that... I’d like to thank Izaak and Oliver for all their brilliant work this past year and for training Aminah and I – they’ve certainly set the bar pretty high. I’m excited to face the challenges and highs that the role of JCR President brings, but most of all to give back to the community that has done so much to help me develop as a person. I hope the 2019/2020 academic year is a great one, and I can’t wait to see what it brings! Leo Harris JCR President 25

evidenced by: his leadership of the Grey College Alumnus Association (of which he was President for seven years); his strong support of the College Trust, of which he is a nominated member; his service to Grey College Council; his work as a College Tutor; and his enhancement of the wider reputation of the College and University through development of Grey's artistic and intellectual activities.

In Memorium

summed-up in the oration given by Professor Martyn Henry sadly passed away on Chamberlain, then Master of 30th June. Having studied at Grey, when he received his Grey College in the 1970s. Dunelmensis Award in 2012. Henry returned to Grey in Henry Dyson graduated from the late 1990’s, being resident in College for much Durham University in 1978, having read for a Combined of each term from 2000 onwards. During this period Arts Degree at Grey College. he was involved in the wider This nomination is based on life of College in many ways, his service to Grey since from serving on the College 2000, when he returned at the invitation of the then Trust and Council, hosting Master, Mr Victor Watts, to Art exhibitions and being a help drive forward welcoming presence for visiting Fellows in the Senior fundraising and to develop Common Room. From 2012 – the College's Art Collection.

Henry Dyson

2015, whilst still residing in Grey, he was keeper of fine art in the University. Henry’s contributions to the life of Grey College can be

Since 2000, Henry has performed Meritorious and exceptional service in support of the University, as

At the memorial service for Henry, held at the West London Synagogue in July, Adam Ruddock, JCR President during 2010-2011, gave this short address at the behest of many of the JCR Presidents with whom Henry had known and supported during his time at Grey I was fortunate enough to serve as Grey’s JCR President after I graduated. I am still in touch with a number of predecessors and successors, and when we heard the tragic news of Henry’s passing, we all recalled his friendship and so it is on our collective behalves that I wanted to say a few words. We will all have our own memories of Henry, and he was many things to Grey College and all who lived there. To us Presidents, he was a 26

friend and support. When we took on the daunting responsibility for a year of college life, he was generous with his time and his advice, his door always open and his charm and cheer ever in abundance. To the students, he was somewhat of a minor celebrity, one year his face was even on the Grey Day Tshirt, and he was best known for the nicknames that he regularly doled out. If you reached the status of a naughty pixie, then you knew that you had made it! But Henry was also something else. He served as our memory. A link to the Grey gone by that can be so easily lost with every cycle of the students and staff. His stories gave life to the portraits of past Masters that hang in the dining hall. His treasure trove of memorabilia, old photos and Grey Matters served as relics of times gone by. And with his help, we saw Grey’s history and gained a sense of a college richer than the fleeting one that each year group creates for itself. A place that has always stood for the same things, inclusion, friendship and a passion for life that ‘s handed down each passing year. These are memories that we should cherish, as well as our memory of him and all he gave to our community.

to perform at the Palais des Nations in Geneva as part of its fiftieth-anniversary celebrations. The official U.N. concert also included Robin’s poem "For The Peace of Our World". She continued to perform in England and abroad until shortly before her death. Robin was a gifted teacher of the Classical Guitar and taught in schools, colleges and universities across the country. Her own tutor book was critically reviewed by Classical Guitar Magazine in March 2012. In her musical capacity, Robin and her students performed at a number of events both in Grey College and within the wider Robin Thodey University. Through this side Robin was a very well-known of her work, she was able to introduce a new generation face within the Senior Common Room at Grey, and of student singers to the sadly passed away during the performance of Renaissance period songs, with authentic summer of 2018. As wife of Lute accompaniment. SCR President, Professor Alan Martin, Robin regularly Following discussion at their attended events in College AGM, the Senior Common until shortly before her death, Room decided to instigate a and was a wonderful support music competition in her to the life of the SCR, being a memory (see the report on warm and welcoming face to this on page 17). The idea for our many members and their this came because of Robin's guests over many years. huge contribution over the Outside Grey College Robin was very well-known as a professional musician. She was an internationally renowned Lutenist, making her debut at the Carnegie Hall, New York in 1992. The United Nations invited Robin

years to the life of SCR and the College, and such a competition would provide a fitting and annual reminder of this in line with her life and interests, which would also support the wider student body. 27

Durham News and Developments

Like the previous academic year, 2018-19 has seen continued developments across the University estate. Many new building projects have been started, and a number are now near completion, promising to provide much needed, and in some cases long overdue, world class facilities to match the outstanding level of teaching, research, and student experience provision Durham has been renowned for many years.

lecture theatres, teaching rooms, an education laboratory where new teaching and training methods can be developed, student learning zones and The Teaching & Learning catering facilities. Outside Centre term time the Centre will allow the University to host Located on what was major academic conferences formerly known as ‘Mary’s which will support the wider Field’, the Teaching & Learning Centre is now very economic impact the University makes to Durham near completion, and is expected to be open for use City, County and North East by students and staff by late England. September, ready for the start of the academic year Maiden Castle Sports Centre 2019/20. The new Teaching and Learning Centre will host Maiden Castle has long served as the University’s a wide range of learning primary centre for sport, but environments and over the last 2 years has technologies. There will be

undergone extensive expansion, redevelopment, and refurbishment. This work is now nearing completion and will provide an improved sports provision for students and the local community. The facilities will include state-of-the-art sports laboratories which will facilitate the transfer of elements of the Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity undergraduate degree programme to Maiden Castle and underpin the successful development of this Department. Initial improvements to the facilities include a new rubber crumb sports pitch, upgrading hockey pitches and improving car parking facilities and access to the site are nearing completion. New Colleges and University Hub As many Grey alumni may be aware, as part of the University’s 10-year Strategy, the academic programmes and Colleges which have



New Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science Building

Much closer to Grey, and indeed within view from Fountains Hall (to the rear, towards the Psychology building located in Upper Mountjoy), is the new Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building. Although work is due to be been located in our Stockton completed in September Campus have now been 2020, the main structure of relocated from Queen’s the building is quickly taking Campus in Stockton to shape. Durham City. As a result of Both Mathematical Sciences this, in order to accommodate the increased and Computer Science were identified for significant student numbers, the University has embarked on growth in the University’s 10 year Strategy, therefore building two new Colleges (one to be the new home of requiring a new purpose-built facility. The £40 million John Snow College, and South College). The facilities project will provide state-ofthe-art learning, teaching and will be self-catering, with a mix of en-suite rooms, shared study spaces. The bathrooms, cluster flats and departments plan to double their undergraduate student townhouses. There will also be a Hub, with an events hall, numbers by 2026/27 and gym, music practice rooms, a increase their numbers of performance practice room, postgraduate researchers, as well as academic and support a Yoga/dance studio, a launderette and a faith room, staff. and a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).

The building has been designed to facilitate greater integration of students and staff, and to further develop synergies between Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science. The scheme also includes an enterprise hub – to support student-led innovation. In the pipeline… As well as the aforementioned developments which are well underway, there are other projects still in the planning and approval stages. These include the relocation of the Business School from its current building at the rear of Van Mildert College to a new purpose-built facility at Elvet Waterside at the site of the former Durham Baths, a further expansion to the Bill Bryson Library, and redevelopment of the Elvet Riverside buildings.

This site, featuring the new colleges and University ‘hub’ are fast progressing and are anticipated to be ready for the academic year 2020/21.


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