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Alumni Events

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Thursday 1st Feb 2018: Law Alumni Group – inaugural meeting – 6.30pm at Foundry Chambers, 5-9 Quality Court, London. WC2A 1HP. Generously hosted by Jason Sugarman QC (87-90), our Law Alumni Group, for Chadsians working in the Law in all its forms, will gather for a legal networking evening. Places are strictly limited to 30. St Chad’s alumni only. To reserve a place:

Looking ahead (do put these dates on your calendar):

8th-11th March 2018: Chadstide events in London, including our Thames boat cruise. More information soon.

Saturday 17th March 2018: Domus Dinner (For College Patrons, Foundation Fellows & Horsfall Benefactors, and by Principal’s invitation only).

Saturday 30th June 2018: 1904 Society Dinner, 7.30pm in College. For all former JCR and MCR Exec members, SCCBC captains and Candlemas stewards.

21st – 23rd Sept 2018: Decades Reunion in College, for all matriculation years ending in 8, and anyone pre-1965.

22nd Sept 2018: 12noon in College, Horfall Society (Legacy) Lunch. To thank you if you had left a gift to St Chad’s in your will.

13th – 15th Sept 2019: Decades Reunion in College, for all matriculation years ending in 9, and anyone pre-1966.

University Congregation. Summer 2016

2016 Finallists2

St Chad’s College is proud of our 111 undergraduate finalists who received their degrees this week during University Congregation.  36 Chadsians received 1st Class degrees.  Many of our Postgraduate students also received their Masters and Doctoral degrees during the ceremonies which took place in Durham Cathedral from Tuesday 28th June until Friday 1st July.  Degrees were conferred by the Chancellor, Sir Thomas Allen, and the Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge.  Members of St Chad’s College staff and SCR also took part in the ceremonies to support another graduating year of Chadsians.

The week began with Graduands’ Formal in  College on Monday.  This is both a celebratory time and a sad time.  Celebratory for obvious reasons, we laud the success of our students  – and also sad because this week can seem like an ending. But this week is actually a beginning.  Our graduates now begin the rest of their lives, taking with them all that St Chad’s and Durham have done for them, and all that St Chad’s and Durham have taught them.

We are proud of our new alumni and we hope that they will continue to be proud of their College, St Chad’s, and proud to call themselves Chadsians.

Durham Dragons’ Den success for Chad’s student

Benedict O’Donovan, second year St Chad’s economics undergraduate, and managing director of DART (Durham Applied Robotics & Technologies), was runner up in the final of this year’s Durham University Business School ‘Dragons’ Den’ competition.


Benedict and his co-directors (also Durham students) impressed the panel of business industry judges with their pitch and their concept.

DART is developing ‘Dionysus’, a mobile robotic bartender system which will mix and serve drinks and cocktails “through an intuitive touchscreen interface” from a standard bar menu or crafted from scratch”. Bar staff input will not be necessary as customers will be able to “pay at the point of service through the inbuilt card or cash reader.”  The drink is then made before their eyes.”


Benedict and the DART team is currently building the prototype of Dionysus, making sure that the final product lives up to its potential.

About coming second in the Dragons’ Den final Benedict said: “We were very happy with the way it turned out; although we didn’t win, the feedback we received couldn’t have been any more positive.”


The other five finalists’ products were either web or app-based concepts.   DART was the only team in this year’s final developing a physical engineered solution.

Find out more about DART and Dyonisus at: