College Office

Senior Tutor & Vice-Master: Dr Richard Lawrie –

Richard is ultimately responsible for the overseeing student support within the College, admissions, alumni relations, the Welfare support system and deals primarily with more serious issues; however, he is available for anyone who just needs a chat too! Like meeting the Welfare team, seeing him is confidential unless he feels you are at serious risk. His office can be found in the College Office, and you can go and see him with a range of issues whether they are personal, financial or academic. He can advise you on a suitable course of action and liaise with departments.


Assistant Senior Tutor: Dr Mark Shaw –

Mark Shaw is Assistant Senior Tutor of University College, and Research Officer in the Global Policy Institute. Mark holds a PhD in Politics from Durham University. He is part of the student support team and is happy to see students regarding any academic, personal, or other matter. Mark leads the College’s academic programme, including the Durham Castle Lecture Series and the College’s contribution to the Durham Award.




The Chaplain: Revd. Richard P. Whaite –

Ric Whaite is the Chaplain and Solway Fellow of University College. He is happy to see any member of college or of the wider chapel community about any matter or problem (spiritual, personal, or practical) or just for a chat and a cup of tea. As well as providing pastoral and spiritual support within college, he can signpost on to other faith chaplains and societies across Durham University. His office can be found on the second floor of the Black Staircase. As Solway Fellow, Ric is working on a PhD in the Department of History.



Student Support Officer: Paula Furness –

Paula is your first point of contact in College Office for all student-related issues. She can offer advice on the workings of University procedures and pin point the best people to contact about particular issues. She can also make appointments for students to see the Senior Tutor.

Bursar: Michelle Crawford –

Michelle manages the operational, financial and logistical side of the College. She has overall responsibility for cleaning, porters and other aspects of the maintenance of our site.

Accommodation: Wendy Chambers –

Wendy is in charge of the accommodation within the castle and is the one to go to if you want to book a room, be that the great hall for a play, or the Undie for yoga.

Operations Manager: Donna Pudwell –

Donna is responsible for the day to day running of operations across the College which includes Reception, Porters, Housekeeping, Bar and Catering. She reports directly to the Bursar.

Food and Beverages Manager: Jamie Short –

Jamie heads the servery and oversees the running of the Undercroft bar, working closely with the Undercroft Chairman and Vice Chairman.