Senior Student

Senior Student: Sian Bell

The Senior Student is the head of the JCR (Junior Common Room) and has three main duties – first, they lead and support the Executive Committee, the student group that is responsible for the day-to-day running of all parts of the JCR. Secondly, the Senior Student represents the undergraduate body of Castle within University College to groups such as the MCR (Middle Common Room – Masters and PhD students), the SCR (fellows of the college), College Office, College Council or Durham Castle Society. 

Thirdly and finally, the Senior Student ensures that the views of the JCR are heard by the Durham Students’ Union and the University, as well as being the face of the JCR to those outside the Durham University community.

(More information can be found in the Standing Orders, VI.6, p.10)


I’m Sian, this year’s Senior Student. I’m a History finalist, so if you want to know any cool facts about the castle I’m your gal! When I’m not searching for coffee somewhere, I also sing in the Chamber Choir, play football for the college women’s team, and give tours of the Castle. I’d highly recommend getting involved in as many societies as you can it’s a great way to meet new people! If you ever have any questions or concerns feel free to drop me an email on, or pop up and see me on Norman Gallery in N17- if I’m not there I’m probably in Jimmies.