College Office

Principal (& Associate Vice Provost) – Professor Wendy Powers – (she/her)

As the College Principal, my role is all about student learning, engagement and success.  I pledge to work with the dedicated student leaders of the JCR and MCR, the esteemed faculty/staff leaders of the SCR, the dedicated College staff and our cherished alumni and friends to cultivate a collegiate learning community in which each student can grow and flourish.  Our Castle community is comprised of members from far and wide, from privileged and marginalised backgrounds, and holding fast to a beautiful array of beliefs, values, abilities and identities.  Together, we will explore, take risks, listen, laugh and cry, ask questions, make mistakes, and learn as we engage this stage of life’s journey with one another.  It is my profound honour to lead, learn and grow with each of you!

Vice-Principal – Dr Ellen Crabtree – (she/her)

As part of the College Management Team at Castle, I work closely to support the Principal with the strategic development of the College community including student enrichment and wider student opportunities. I work closely with student leaders to support the vital work of the common rooms. I also oversee the Student Support provision at the College, working closely with the Assistant Principal and members of College Office.

Assistant Principal – Sukanya Miles-Watson – (she/her)

The Assistant Principal is responsible for all matters relating to student support and wellbeing including support for financial difficulties. Sukanya is very happy to see students on any academic, personal or other matters, as the need arises.


Assistant Student Support Officer – David (he/him)

David works closely with the Assistant Principal to provide a proactive focused programme of student support and welfare provision to ensure that students obtain the most from their time at Durham including providing guidance to our student community in managing their personal well-being during their University experience.

Chaplain and Solway Fellow – Rev’d Dr Stephanie Burette – (she/her)

As chaplain, I oversee the life of our chapels, serve in College Office as part of the Student Support team, and as Solway Fellow, I am doing research on the arts, theology, and the body. Creating an environment in which you can thrive, explore your gifts, build yourself and build each other up, is my main focus. This includes making sure that you find support along the way, as there are inevitably challenging periods during your time in College. Regardless of your gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, beliefs and religion (or none), economic background, etc. I am here to support you in the best way I can, whether you wish to speak to the Anglican priest, the College Officer, the advocate for ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, or the scholar

Alumni & Development Manager – Julia Bonner – (she/her)

The focus of Julia’s role is to build lasting and philanthropic relationships with University College’s alumni, friends and the broader Durham community. Julia is working very closely with the Principal and College Officers to ensure that alumni are informed about the College’s work and that, if they would wish, they feel empowered to make a tangible difference to our community. Generously funded by the University College Durham Trust, she will also assist with the Trust’s efforts to preserve and enhance the fabric of the College and to support University College students through bursaries, career advice and other activities which will enhance their University experience. Julia joined University College after several years at the University of London and Hatfield College, Durham University.

Other Student Support and Admin Staff:

Rebecca Smith – (she/her)

Rebecca is the first point of contact for students who wish to make an appointment to see a member of the Student Support Team and is responsible for general queries within Admissions & Student support. Linda is also the first point of contact dealing with students leave and absence processes.

Tracey Donnelly and Nicola (she/her)

College Administration Co-ordinator (job share)

Janet (she/her)

Janet runs our Reception and Porters’ lodge for both students and commercial visitors. 

Susan Noble and Elaine (she/her)

Susan is our College Finance Officer and Elaine is our College Finance Assistant

Operations and Catering Staff:

Operations are responsible for housekeeping and portering throughout College. If you have any queries or comments about these, or about your rooms or any College facilities, please contact us. We also help co-ordinate events and student bookings of event and meeting spaces once these begin to become available again. In the meantime we also co-ordinate Social Protection and will be happy to help with any queries or concerns in this regards, too. We have a fantastic team of housekeepers, porters and catering staff who do a brilliant job to support the college community and keep everyone safe.

Castle Operations Manager – Joanne Moorhouse – (she/her)

Castle Operations Team Leader – Dan Thompson (he/him) (he/him)

Food and Beverages Service Manager – Jamie Short – (he/him)

I can help with any questions or queries regarding Catering, Bar, Cafe and Events. Including private events, Balls etc. Also if anyone has questions regarding special diets, employment on the Bar/Café or how we have made our Catering COVID safe, please get in touch.

Curator of Durham Castle and Museum of Archaeology – Gillian Rennie – (she/her)

Responsible for Durham Castle Museum and involved with caring for and protecting the historic fabric. Also involved with public access to Durham Castle, the Durham Castle Tours, and some student events and activities.