Collingwood College is one of the colleges of Durham University. The Junior Common Room, or JCR, is a democratic ‘Student Union’ run entirely by students for students. All undergraduates at Collingwood are members of the JCR and able to vote on all issues, use all of the JCR facilities and get involved in the broad range of sports teams and societies that are found at Collingwood.
More than a building: a community
The JCR is also the name of the student common room that is the main social hub of college. This includes the Stag's Head (bar), Wood ‘n’ Spoon (Coffee Shop), Woodstock (Shop) and Wood ‘n’ Muscles (Gym) all of which are all student run as well as the excellent Pizza Shop. The JCR is taken over at frequent points over the year as part of the busy social events calendar that is organised by the Social Secretary, including bops (DJ nights in college), megaformals (a themed formal dinner). Collingwood Day is an annual event where the whole of Collingwood celebrates the end of exams with a day full of DJs, bands, comedy shows and acoustic sets held all over the college grounds. As all of these facilities are student run any member of the JCR can apply to work on any of them as well as get involved in their management.
Running Collingwood JCR
The JCR officers, ensure that all of areas of the JCR run smoothly and according to the JCR constitution. Students are elected to these different positions that cover all areas of college life. The executive committee are the senior JCR officers and deal more regulary with the day to day business and administration. Other non-executive officers have more specific roles and skills and includes such positions as arts officers and the keeper of the college oil can. All positions are held for one year and students are elected to these positions at one of our JCR meetings which are open to all students and occur three times a term. JCR meetings are also important for every member of the JCR to be able to have a say, ask questions and find out whats been happening.
Clubs and Societies
Another role of the JCR is to fund and aid all affiliated societies and sports team. The JCR has a very active arts society who put on a number of professional shows through out the year as well as open mic nights, photography and poetry competitions. On the sports front Team Wood won the overall college sports league in 2008 and 2010. Also, we beat James College, York University at our own joint event. Collingwood are current champions in Hockey, Netball, Cricket and Squash earning - with the help of other sports teams - ten trophies last year.