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Chaplain Appointment

We are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd David Rushton as the next Chaplain and Outreach Officer of St Chad’s College. David has served as an NHS Chaplain for the last sixteen years. He is presently Head of Chaplaincy Services at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in London. David is also Chair of the Trust’s clinical ethics committee, Co-chair of the LGBT staff support forum, member of London Borough of Camden Inter-faith Network, and the Bishop of London’s Advisor for health care and healthcare chaplaincy. He read Theology at St Chad’s and is an experienced musician and an enthusiastic runner.

David will be taking up his appointment in time for the start of the new academic year. We greatly look forward to the experience and enthusiasm he will bring to all of us at St Chad’s.

Book Sale!


Bonanza Booksale

Hundreds of books will be going on sale on Saturday 17th June in aid of St Chad’s College Scholarships & Bursaries Fund. The sale will run from 10 am to 4 pm in the Brewis Library and all items will cost just £1!

All subjects are represented: theology, history, art, classics, languages, literature, law, philosophy, sciences, politics, reference and much, much more.

Heritage Open Days

This year as part of Heritage Open Days St Chad’s will be opening its doors to welcome the general public on 8th September.

Our Librarian, Jenny Parker, will be conducting tours of the college buildings and sharing our passion for our college. To help tell our story there will a be supporting exhibition of photographs, plans and other fascinating documents from the college archives.

Heritage Open Days is a national Heritage Festival for which volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. These events are free and are designed to give people the opportunity to visit hidden places.

The event is about celebrating the heritage, community and history of thousands of places across England.

Privacy Notice


Our Privacy Notice  can be read in full below:


St Chad’s College Privacy Notice

Data Controller

The Data Controller is St Chad’s College Durham. Our Registration Number in the Data Protection Public Register is Z1470934.



The St Chad’s College (‘the College’) Development and Alumni Office (‘the Office’) supports a global community of stakeholders (students, alumni, parents, donors, mentors, employers, researchers, policy-makers, and advocates) related to the research, engagement and outreach activities pursued by the College. In order to deliver all of the related products, services and opportunities in a bespoke manner and to ensure each individual and constituency receives relevant information, the Office process personal data of stakeholders. This helps to ensure that you are getting the best contact available from the College for your purposes. This also helps us, where appropriate, to ask for your support with the things we believe you care about the most.


Types of personal data collected and held by the College and University and method of collection

If you are a student/graduate, some of the personal data that the College holds about you is transferred from your University of Durham (‘the University’) student record to the University’s alumni database, Raiser’s Edge. This personal data will have been collected from you as part of your studies application process or provided by you via updates to your department or the College during your time as a student and will include:


Your name, title, gender preference, nationality and date of birth;

Your home or parental address, email address and telephone numbers;

Your former school and/or university;

Your familial relationships (parents, grandparents and siblings);

UCAS Number.


Some of the personal data the College and the University holds about you has been created by us as part of your education record, namely:


Mode of study (e.g. full-time, part-time, distance learning);

Academic department and programme of study;

Start, end and graduation dates;

Reason for leaving, type and classification of degree;

The college(s) you attended and your membership of a Junior or Middle or Senior Common Room (JCR/MCR/SCR)/clubs/societies/sporting teams.

Some of the personal data the College and University holds about you is provided by you during your transactions with us (contact details updates, and website activity, event registration, volunteer activity or making/soliciting a donation), namely:


Your bank account number, name and sort code (used for processing Direct Debits);

Gift amount, purpose, date and method of payment including cheque numbers or payment references.  At no point do we store payment card details if you donate, or pay for an event, using a payment card;

Tax status and Gift Aid Declaration information;

Your spouse/partner’s name and whether they are also a Durham alumna/us;

Updates to your contact details;

Children’s names, gender and year of birth;

Record of verbal or email conversations/meetings including any personal interests;

Dietary preferences;

Web activity whilst visiting or


The College may hold personal data relating to your professional history. This data may have been provided by you, or it may have been obtained from social media (e.g. LinkedIn,Twitter, Facebook) or publicly available sources (Companies House and other business-related resources, the World-Wide-Web, publications and news articles such as Queen’s Honours List, Times Rich List, and the National Change of Address File and other services that provide email addresses and telephone numbers), namely:


Your employment status (e.g. part-time, full-time, retired);

Your current job title and work email address;

Your previous role(s) and job title;

Your current and past employers, name, address and telephone number;

The dates that you have been employed in any particular role;

Your photograph;

Your income band.


The College may hold personal data that has been created by the University or the College from other personal data that we already hold (i.e. name, address, postcode, employment data), either through internal or external research/profiling, namely:


Your estimated asset worth, property value and shareholdings;

An estimate of income and potential capacity to make a large gift;

Philanthropic interests and gifts to other charitable organisations;

Internal classifications and ratings as a major gift prospect;

A rating of your level of engagement which is created from a mix of your event attendance, donation history and other interactions with the University and the College.


How personal data is stored by the College and the University

Personal data of alumni, donors and other stakeholders is stored by the Office in a propriety database called Raiser’s Edge.  Raiser’s Edge is installed on the University’s servers located in Durham. Access to personal data is restricted to those members of staff who have a requirement to maintain a relationship with you, and is controlled through password protection and user security profiles. All University employees, contractors and volunteers that are given access to personal data receive mandatory Data Protection training and have a contractual responsibility to maintain confidentiality.


How personal data is processed by the Office

Personal data is processed by the College and the University, departments, other Colleges and Durham Student Organisations to:


Promote events;

Send news and updates;

Recruit alumni volunteers and mentors;

Make fundraising appeals by email, direct mail, telephone and face-to-face meetings and ensure that we only send you communications about events or fundraising appeals that would be of interest to you.


Who the College and University shares personal data with

Personal data is shared with third party organisations in a limited number of instances.  The University is required to disclose some personal data of graduates to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for the purpose of a survey of new graduates.


If you have registered to attend an event organised by volunteer alumni, The College may share with the volunteer a list of attendee names, year of graduation and department so that introductions can be made or seating plans created.


The College may share personal data with third party organisations which carry out contracts on behalf of the University (such as a venue hosting a College event).The College will only share personal data that is relevant and proportionate. The College’s partners are subject to contractual agreements which help to ensure compliance with Data Protection legislation. This will happen in the following circumstances:


To send you a copy of our printed alumni magazine or other newsletters;

To send you direct mail relating to our fundraising appeals;

To maintain your contact details so that we can keep in touch by letter, email or telephone;

To assess your ability to support the College with a major gift.

When the College shares personal data as detailed above we ensure that security is maintained, using tools such as encryption.

Personal data is NEVER sold on to third parties.


How long personal data is held by the College and University

The College considers its relationship with alumni, donors and other stakeholders to be life-long. This means that we will maintain a stakeholder record for you until such time as you tell us that you no longer wish us to keep in touch. In this instance the Office will delete the majority of your personal data it holds, but will maintain basic personal data to ensure that we do not inadvertently create a new record in the future.


How to object to the College or University processing your personal data

Individuals have the right to object to the College or Univeristy processing their personal data for any or all of the purposes set out in this Privacy Notice; they may do so at any time. To exercise this right, please email: giving clear details of the processing activities and/or types of personal data to which your objection applies (see sections above for descriptions).


Access to personal information

You have a right to request copies of the data held about you by the College and the University. To do so please submit a Subject Access Request. Should you object to the holding of your data by the College and/or the University, the use of your data for any or all of the above purposes, or should you wish to amend the type of communications you receive or the way in which Durham University contacts you, please contact


Visitors to our websites

When someone visits we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be transparent about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.


Links to other websites

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.


Changes to this privacy notice

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 25 May 2017.


Further Information

If you have any questions which you feel have not been covered by this Privacy Notice, please do not hesitate to email us or write to:


The Director of Development

Development and Alumni Relations Office

St Chad’s College

18 North Bailey




James Holland – Historian and Author

James Holland (St Chad’s 1989-1992, BA History) is a historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of the best-selling Fortress Malta, Battle of Britain, and Dam Busters, he has also written nine works of historical fiction, five of which feature the heroic Jack Tanner, a soldier of the Second World War. He is currently writing a three-volume new history of the Second World War in the West and a book about the Defence of the Admin Box in Burma. The first volume, The War in the West: Germany Ascendant, 1939-1941, is out now.

He regularly appears on television and radio, and has written and presented the BAFTA-shortlisted documentaries, Battle of Britain and Dam Busters for the BBC, as well as the Battle for Malta, Cold War, Hot Jets, and Normandy 44.

Co-founder and Programme Director of the hugely successful Chalke Valley History Festival, he has his own collection at the Imperial War Museum, and is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

James can be found on Twitter: @James1940.

He appeared on Radio 4s Today Show on 2nd of May, discussing The War in the West.

Scholar’s Report: Ermos on Tour

This Easter holiday, I had the exciting opportunity to go on tour with Durham University Orchestral Society to Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana.

The 30-hour coach journey, mostly filled with the extended versions of Lord of the Rings Trilogy, proved to be absolutely worth it. The tour was certainly musically fulfilling as we travelled around Slovenia to perform thrilling orchestral works; the highlight being Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. In addition, we also had the opportunity to sightsee and soak up the Slovenian culture. From visiting the serene landscapes of Lake Bled (and of course trying a slice of the traditional Bled cream cake) to riding in a train through the Postjojna caves, this year’s tour was worthwhile experience I am fortunate to have been a part of.

This opportunity is largely in thanks to the Shattock family, whose generous scholarship enables me to make the most my extra-curricular activities without the worry of my financial situation.

In line with DUOS tradition, the last day was marked by a very early start to catch the sunrise.

I look forward to next year’s tour!

Ermos (second left) with his group, the Bailey Quartet. Margot King (left) is their cellist and also a Chadsian.

Jersey Alumni Reception with the Chapel Choir

9th June, from 7pm

Ce Soir, 10 Caledonia Place, St Helier

The Chapel Choir are on tour in Jersey from 9th-11th June and are holding a reception on their first evening on the island. This should be a great opportunity to meet up with other Chadsians and to hear the choir perform a couple of pieces from their repertoire.

Please email Naomi to confirm if you wish to attend:

Scholarship and Bursary Awards Announcement


Today, St Chad’s Day, the College is delighted to announce that, because of the generosity of our alumni and friends, we have been able to award scholarships to four of our students. As a college, we are committed to developing ways to give our students the support they need to succeed through their studies and in their wider lives; these scholarships are a very practical way of making a difference through the gifts of our alumni.



Ermos Chrysochos is a first year Liberal Arts student, in his second term at St Chad’s.  He has already been making his mark: he gave the ‘Toast to the Immortal Memory’ at the College Burns’ Supper in January and is already a passionate Chadsian.  He has been awarded a Shattock Family Scholarship worth £3,000 for each year of his undergraduate degree course. Ermos is an accomplished violinist who started to play at the age of eight and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for four years.  One of his challenges is the cost of combining his degree with his musical ambitions; a student loan does not cover violin lessons. Being awarded this scholarship, however, will mean that Ermos will be able to study with the co-leader of the Northern Sinfonia at the Sage in Gateshead and continue to be a leading member of the Durham University Orchestral Society.

“Music to me”, comments Ermos, “whether listening or making it, brings people together whatever their background. So, whilst the scholarship will immensely benefit me personally, I also know I will use it to live up to our College motto: ‘Non vestra sed vos’ – ‘Not what you have but who you are’.


This award has been made possible through the generosity of St Chad’s alumnus Matthew Shattock and his family.

“I am convinced that this is a very worthy cause … the creation of this scholarship programme to supplement those without the full means, but with the unquestionable ability, to benefit from the collegiate education which has shaped my own life and career indelibly. I had the benefit of a fully funded education at Durham and this turned out to be a life changing experience for me.  I hope to contribute to the same opportunity for others.”

-Matthew Shattock (Politics, 1980-83)



Third year Law undergraduate Marianne Holbrook has been awarded one of our first three Joe Cassidy Memorial Bursaries of £1,000 which honour the memory of our late Principal, Dr Joe Cassidy. Marianne has been a volunteer teacher in Malawi, Senegal and South Africa where, she says, her “interest in promoting human rights and justice in the face of political instability and in socially complex environments developed.”

She is hoping to pursue a career in economic and foreign aid policy development with the UN. Marianne applied for this Joe Cassidy award so that she can further her interests in social justice and continue to undertake volunteer and internship positions.



Stephanie Higgins, a first year Liberal Arts student, also receives a Cassidy Memorial award.  For Stephanie, receiving a scholarship from St Chad’s means that she can be fully involved in College and wider university life and work, and not have to take on yet more hours in her part-time on-line tutoring job.

Stephanie said, “I recently participated in a ‘Rice and Beans’ challenge where we ate only plain rice and beans for a week to raise awareness of food poverty and money for Tearfund. Being the recipient of a scholarship will help me to do more volunteering in social action projects within Durham”.


Nathaniel Attenborough is the first member of his family to attend university and wants to make the most of the opportunities that both his Cell Biology degree and being at St Chad’s can offer.  He volunteers in a local youth club when at home and is fully involved in College life at St Chad’s during term time: “I greatly enjoy everyday life around College and genuinely feel a part of a college family in ways friends at other universities cannot experience.”  Like too many students today, Nathaniel is worried about being able to afford living out of College next year; he said,

“This Joe Cassidy Scholarship will make a significant difference to my time at university, in relieving the distraction of financial worries and allowing me to truly embrace what Chad’s has to offer.”


SCR Member Honoured by The Queen


Gillian Allnutt, poet and St Chad’s SCR member, has been awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry by Her Majesty the Queen.  

The Gold Medal for Poetry was instituted by King George V in 1933 at the suggestion of the then Poet Laureate, John Masefield. The award was presented to Gillian by The Queen on 21 February 2017.

The Medal is awarded for excellence in poetry, on the basis either of a body of work over several years, or for an outstanding poetry collection issued during the year of the award.

The Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy said of Gillian Allnutt’s writing:

“[It] roams across centuries, very different histories and lives, and draws together, without excuse or explanation, moments which link across country, class, culture and time.

The North is a constant touchstone in her work; canny and uncanny, its hills and coast, its ancient histories and its people.

Her poems progress over the years to a kind of synthesis of word-play and meditation. In her work the space between what is offered and what is withheld is every bit as important as what is said.

She has the power to comfort and to astonish in equal measure. In her outlook, her imagination, her concerns and her lyric voice she is unique.”

Gillian Allnutt was born in London in 1949 and spent much of her childhood in Newcastle upon Tyne before studying at the University of Cambridge. Her retrospective How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems (2007) draws on six published books plus a new collection, Wolf Light, and includes references to family ties in North Norfolk and her life in the North East.

Gillian was co-editor of The New British Poetry (1988) and from 2001 to 2003 held a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at Newcastle and Leeds Universities. Recently she has taught creative writing in the English Department here in Durham.

In 2009/10 Gillian held a writing residency with The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture (now Freedom From Torture) in the North East, working with asylum seekers in Newcastle and Stockton.


  • Spitting the Pips Out (Sheba, 1981)
  • Beginning the Avocado (Virago, 1987)
  • Blackthorn (Bloodaxe Books, 1994)
  • Nantucket and the Angel (Bloodaxe Books, 1997)
  • Lintel (Bloodaxe Books, 2001)
  • Sojourner (Bloodaxe Books, 2004)
  • How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2007)
  • indwelling (Bloodaxe Books, 2013)



  • The New British Poetry (Paladin, 1988) (co-editor)