College Staff

The college staff are the people who make sure the college is running on a day-to-day basis. They are based in the college office which is located between two of the accommodation blocks and are always there to offer you support when you need them.

Professor John Ashworth  is our College Principal who has overall responsibility for college matters. He is a professor of Economics and unfortunately a Newcastle United fan.

John  is supported by Dr. Jill Tidmarsh who is Vice-Principal. Jill oversees student welfare, admissions, discipline and academic-related matters. Jill comes from an academic background of Applied Social Science and works part-time at Stephenson as well as being Senior Tutor at Josephine Butler college. 

You will get to know Mary O’Halloran extremely well, who is our Assistant Senior Tutor. She is amazing at helping out with any welfare or financial issues you might have and her door is always open if you want to chat to her.

Helen Luke is our Accommodation Adviser who will always be help to you out with any accommodation issues when you live in college. You’ll find her on the first floor of the college office.

Jane Dove is Student Support and Admissions Officer for postgraduates and part-time undergraduates. Jane was a student  at the Durham Business  School herself and is again always approachable with any issues.

In the college offices you will also meet Kate Thompson who  is the Projects Administrator who undertakes various projects such as alumni activities; Linda Carse who is College Secretary and also the first point of contact if you want to take part in the Languages for All classes at Queen’s Campus; and Claire Basnett who is the Student Support and Admissions Assistant who supports the day to day running of the college. She is addicted to any reality TV show (especially TOWIE) and plays for the JCR netball team.

You will also get to know Kerry Walker, our college receptionist, who you will usually see when you enter the college office to collect your post or if you have any queries.

Our 24/7 porters, Alan, Tony, Keith and John are always happy to help out with any maintenance issues. These guys are great and really helpful so make sure to make them a cup of tea if you see them about!

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