The Master - Prof. Maurice Tucker

"I come from London originally and went to Durham (University College, of course) and Reading Universities, for BSc and PhD respectively.

I am a geologist with interests in sedmintary rocks, especially limestones (half the world's oil occurs in these rocks so they are important!). I spend half my time doing research, and currently I am working on Devonian limestones in southern China, various reservoir rocks in the Middle East, and some outcrops in the French Alps and Pyrenees. I try to understand the depositional environment of the sediments and what happened to the limestones when they were buried.

The rest of my time, I am the Master here, responsible, with others, for many aspects of the College, its students and the Castle. In my spare time, I like to play tennis, and I enjoy snow-blading, windsurfing and scuba diving."

Alan Gibson

Born on Tyneside in 1949, educated locally 1954-1964. Worked at the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance in Newcastle-upon-Tyne July 1964 - Mar 1967.

Royal Marines April 1967 - 1997. Commissioned from the rank of Sergeant onto the Special Duties List in March 1978. Transferred to the General List June 1981.
Appointments included:
45 Commando Group Imprest Holder 1978-81
40 Commando RM A Company 2IC 1981-82
Intelligence Officer 1982-83
HQ Training, Reserve and Special Forces RM SO3 G3(R) 1983-86
HQ Commando Forces RM SO2 G1 1987-88
40 Commando RM HQ Company Commander 1989
B Company Commander 1989-90
Directorate of Naval Recruiting Assistant Director 1991-92
HQ Royal Marines Project Officer 1993-94
SO1 Management Plans 1994-96
HQ Allied Forces
North-Western Europe
Chief of Land and Amphibious Operations and Plans Section 1996-97

Active service in Northern Ireland (West Belfast and South Armagh) and the Falkland Islands Campaign

Education and training:


Bursar of University College, Durham, 1997-2004
Member of the Northumbrian Universities Military Education Committee
Member of the North of England Territorial Army Volunteer Reserve Association

Ian Macdougall (Pemberton Fellow in 1998)

Ian Macdougall is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow (BMus Hons.), Durham (MA) and St. Andrews (Ph.D) and trained as a teacher (P.G.C.Ed Hons) in Glasgow. He has had a varied career: as music teacher for most of his life in some of Scotland's 'toughest' urban comprehensive schools; sometime University Warden of Residence (St. Regulus Hall, St. Andrews); and for five years, National Research Project Director, working in the Psychology Department of the Northern College of Education at Dundee, on issues in educational assessment.

In the spring/summer of 1998, Ian was elected to the Pemberton Fellowship at University College and he chose to spend his time at Castle writing new music for his present young students - but in 18th century manner, using digital equipment - synthesisers and computers. (His Durham work was in fact performed in the SCR last June by a faceless orchestra of digital 'black boxes' and midi-cables!)

Ian greatly enjoys his present work as Acting Director of Music at George Watson's College in Edinburgh (Scotland's largest co-educational school) and feels that nothing in his career to date begins to compare with the challenge of this job. Watson's, arguably Scotland's greatest school, was founded in the 1720-s by George Watson, the first Accountant of the Bank of Scotland. As an independent school, "it embraces the best features of comprehensive education without the worst ones." So, having 'done time' in demanding state schools all his life, Ian now enjoys, in older age, marvellous music-making with well motivated students, some of whom he annually recommends to Durham. And as an enthusiast for the sheer excellence of Castle cuisine, you may well se him of a Thursday evening, having arrived after a day's work in Edinburgh, just for a formal meal, the SCR friendship and the 9.40pm train back to Edinburgh!! Durham is Ian's favourite city, and as any other Durham graduate will tell you, "it boasts the finest University in the world."

Ian Doyle

Dr A.I. Doyle, member of Castle SCR since October 1950, former resident tutor and member of Governing Body; member of the Historic Buildings and Contents sub committee. Former Keeper of Rare Books, Palace Green library. Honorary Reader in bibliography, still taking post graduate classes. Chairman of the Durham Heritage Centre, St. Mary-le-Bow, North Bailey.

Dai Morgan

Dr. W.T.W. (Dai) Morgan was born into a London Anglo-Welsh family and educated at the local grammar school, the London School of Economics and Northwestern University, USA, with a doctorate on the urban geography of London.

After eleven years in Kenya (Professor of Geography, University of Nairobi) he returned to the UK and a Geography post in Durham in 1968, living at first in Lumley Castle, when it was an outpost of University College. His involvement with Africa continued with a Royal Geographical Society study of south Turkana, Kenya, over three years and he was seconded to Nigeria for two years to help found a new university in Jos. This led to a ten year Durham-Jos research programme on Jos Plateau.

His publications are mainly, but not exclusively, about tropical Africa and in retirement he keeps a desk in, and an involvement with, the Centre for Overseas Research and Development (CORD) which is housed in the Geography Department. He is Chairman of the Durham Geography Graduates Association.

With increasing years, active participation in tennis and squash have given way to High Table Dinners and Senior Common Room functions. He is interested and concerned about maintaining the fine contents of the Castle and the community it houses.

Prof. P. J. Rhodes

Professor of Ancient History, in the Department of Classics. At school in Barnet; first degree and doctorate at Oxford. Came to Durham as Lecturer in 1965; Professor 1983; Fellow of the British Academy 1987; main academic interest Greek politics and political institutions. Lived in College for my first few years in Durham; Lowe Librarian 1966-73; I still sing in the Chapel choir and come into College for meals - and offer tuition to grace-readers.

Prof. W. J. Stirling FRS

Professor W. J. (James) Stirling was trained as a mathematician in Cambridge, and is now a theoretical particle physicist. He came to Durham in 1986 - to a joint appointment in Mathematics and Physics - having worked before that at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva. His particular research interest is particle physics phenomenology - the interface between theory and experiment.

Between 1993 and 1998 he held a Senior Fellowship of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, which allowed him to work full-time on research. In 2000 he took up a new position within the University as Director of the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology.

He is currently the Chairman of the Research Committee in the Physics department and the Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Mathematical Sciences department. Within the University, he is a member of Senate and the Academic Staffing Sub-Committee, and President of the Society of Fellows. From 2001 to 2003 he was the Chairman of the PPARC Science Committee, and he was also a member of the Physics Panel in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999.

His wife Paula is the College's Senior Tutor and Vice-Master.

The Senior Tutor and Vice-Master - Paula Stirling

Paula has been Senior Tutor since 1998 and Vice-Master since 2004. She divides her time between College and the Law Department , where she is a City Solicitors' Educational Trust Teaching Fellow. She was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and was educated at Belfast Royal Academy and Warwick University (LLB).

Her husband (James) is a Professor in the Mathematical Sciences and Physics Departments and also a member of the SCR.