The college staff are the people who make sure the college is running on a day-to-day basis. They are mostly based in the College Office which is located between two of the accommodation blocks. The staff are there to offer you support if and when you need them. The college offices are open Monday – Friday, 9AM to 5PM.

Professor John Ashworth


John Ashworth

0191 33 40041

As our College Principal, Professor John Ashworth has overall responsibility for college matters and development. He has worked in Durham for over 30 years, and is an economist who was awarded a chair in 2007.

Dr Jill Tidmarsh

Senior Tutor and Vice-Principal

Jill Tidmarsh

0191 33 40042

John is supported by Dr. Jill Tidmarsh, who is the Vice-Principal. Jill oversees student welfare, admissions, discipline and academic-related matters. Jill comes from an academic background of Applied Social Science. Jill is based on the first floor of the College Office.

Miss Jane Dove

Assistant Senior Tutor

Jane Dove

0191 33 40090

Jane assists the Vice Principal, and provides financial, academic and welfare advice to Stephenson students, as well as processing admissions applications for all students. Jane is based on the ground floor, close to the College Reception.

Mrs Kate Thompson

College Projects Administrator

Kate Thompson

0191 33 40040
Kate is PA to the Principal and manages a number of projects for the College, including the Blueprint Enterprise Challenge for the Campus. Kate also manages Alumni Relations, is the Secretary to the SCR and College Council, and is the College Health and Safety Co-ordinator. Kate is based on the first floor of the College Office.

Mrs Annie Robinson

Student Support Administrator

Annie Robinson

0191 33 40738

Annie works closely with Jill, Jane and with other staff and College Mentors providing advice, support, and helping ensure the wellbeing of our students. She will be dealing with students on a day-to-day basis, along with helping the college support systems behind the scenes. She works part time from on Wednesday evenings and Thursday and Fridays. Annie started with Stephenson College in January 2015, after working in the Business School.

Mrs Mandy Wright

Accommodation and Facilities Services Co-ordinator

Mandy manages the accommodation in College, and so can help to you out with any accommodation issues when you live in halls. She also provides advice on private sector accommodation, and is the College Environmental Officer. Mandy is based on the first floor of the College Office.

Miss Alex Prudham

Reception & Clerical Assistant

Alex Prudham

0191 33 40545

Alex joined the College in July 2014 and is our Receptionist, Alex also assists the College Staff with the day to day operational running of the College.

Mr Glen Heslop

 Food and Beverage Services Manager

0191 3340098 or 0191 334 0066

Jan and Glen manage our catering services, and they are in charge of all catering facilities and functions in the Waterside Restaurant and Café Aroma. They are also responsible for the overall management of Bar Central based in Stephenson Central. They can be found in their offices near to the Waterside Restaurant in the Holliday Building.

Mrs Lucy McEnaney

Community Services Manager in the Accommodation and Commercial Services

0191 33 40019

Out of Hours Porters

0191 33 40087 or the yellow phone outside the College Office

The Out of Hours Porter performs security patrols and can be called to help with maintenance, noise and behaviour problems, accidents and health related issues. They are based in the Porters Lodge. These guys are great, so make sure to offer them a cup of tea if you see them about!

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